An Evening with
discussing her book,
This Will Only Hurt a Little
The Bootleg Theatre
2220 Beverly Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90057
$33 General Admission seating + Book
$43 Reserved Section seating + Book
$20 General Admission Seating (on sale Sep 23)
Busy Philipps is an actress best known for roles in cult TV classics like Freaks and Geeks, Dawson’s Creek, Cougar Town, ER, and, most recently, HBO’s Vice Principals. She has appeared in fan-favorite films such as Made of Honor, I Don’t Know How She Does It, He’s Just Not That Into You, White Chicks, and The Gift. She also was one of the writers of the hit film Blades of Glory and hosted of late-night talk show Busy Tonight, on E!.
“You guys!! Busy is a legit writer with a voice as clear as a bell.This book is honest, funny, intimate, and well-observed by a person who has observed some sh*t.” —Tina Fey
“Judy Blume meets Karl Ove Knausgaard meets one brave woman from Arizona. On the page, Philipps’ toughness shines through—a rare and feminine ethical code; devoted and blunt. It’s a thrill to watch her stumble right up until the very moment she storms the f*cking gates. Also: just as casually addictive as her Instastories but no guilt because it’s a book.” —Miranda July
This Will Only Hurt a Little showcases Busy’s wry wit, skillful storytelling, and an unvarnished perspective that is by turns vulnerable and self-assured. From (in her mom’s one-of-a-kind words) “acing out in her nudes” as an already headstrong two-year-old, through painful and painfully funny teenage years in Scottsdale, Arizona, to finding her voice and her place as a working actress, wife, mother, and fiercely loyal friend—Busy’s reflections on life, love, and making a living are smart and refreshingly honest.
Busy Philipps opens up about chafing against a sexist system rife with on-set bullying and body shaming, being there when friends face shattering loss, enduring devastating personal and professional betrayals from those she loved best, and struggling with postpartum anxiety and the challenges of motherhood.
But Busy also brings to each page her sly sense of humor and the unshakeable sense that disappointment shouldn’t stand in the way of one’s dreams. The rough patches in her life are tempered by times of hilarity and joy: leveraging a flawless impression of “Cher” from Clueless into her first paid acting gig, helping reinvent a genre with cult classic Freaks and Greeks, becoming fast friends with Dawson’s Creekcastmate Michelle Williams, staging her own surprise wedding, conquering natural childbirth with the help of a Mad Men-themed hallucination, and juggling a thriving career and a young family.
Busy Philipps photo credit: Courtesy of E! Entertainment