Tuesday, April 9, 2019
8pm (6:30-7:30pm Reception)
in conversation with Alan Zweibel
Lessons from Lucy:
The Simple Joys of an Old, Happy Dog
Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre
New Roads School
Herb Alpert Educational Village
3131 Olympic Blvd.,
Santa Monica, CA 90404
$43 Reserved Section Seat + Book
$20 General Admission Seat
$30 Reserved Section Seat
$95 Reception (6:30-7:30pm), Reserved Section Seat & Book
We welcome Dave Barry back to our stage, Dave Barry in conversation with Jane Smiley was the very first event at Live Talks Los Angeles. Watch the video. He has appeared several times on our stage. He was interviewed by by Matt Groening in 2013 for his novel, Insane City. (Video)
Dave Barry is the author of more than thirty books, including such national bestsellers as the nonfiction I’ll Mature When I’m Dead, Dave Barry’s Money Secrets, Dave Barry Turns 50, and Dave Barry’s Guide to Guys, as well as the novels Insane City, Tricky Business, Big Trouble, Lunatics (with Alan Zweibel), and his Peter Pan prequels (with Ridley Pearson). Two of his books have been made into movies (Big Trouble and Dave Barry’s Guide to Guys), and a play based on his first Peter Pan book, Peter and the Starcatcher, is currently on a national tour and won five Tony Awards on Broadway. For a while, his life was even a television series, Dave’s World. He plays guitar in the all-author rock band, The Rock Bottom Remainders. For many years he wrote a nationally syndicated humor column, which won a Pulitzer Prize for Commentary.
“Lessons from Lucy is extremely funny (in a couple of places I laughed until water ran from my eyes and a slightly thicker fluid came from my nose). You’d expect that from Dave Barry. What you might not expect is how insightful it is, and downright touching. If you’ve grown old along with Dave, you will want to read this book. You’ll also want to read it if you’re a dog lover, but that’s optional. These are very lively life lessons even for the canine-impaired.”— Stephen King
“[Barry] is truly the funniest man living in the three mile ‘safe’ zone off the shores of America.”
“Despite years of medication, Dave Barry is still the funniest damn writer in the whole country. Let’s hope he never grows up.”—Carl Hiaasen
Faced with the obstacles and challenges of life after middle age, Dave Barry turns to his best dog, Lucy, to learn how to live his best life. From “Make New Friends” (an unfortunate fail when he can’t overcome his dislike for mankind) to “Don’t Stop Having Fun” (validating his longtime membership in a marching unit that performs in parades—and even Obama’s inauguration), Dave navigates his later years with good humor and grace. Lucy teaches Dave how to live in the present, how to let go of daily grievances, and how to feel good in your own skin. The lessons are drawn from Dave’s routine humiliations and stream-of-consciousness accounts of the absurdities of daily life, which will leave you heaving with laughter and recognition.
Laugh-out-loud hilarious, whether he’s trying to “Pay Attention to the People You Love” (even when your brain is not listening) or deciding to “Let Go of Your Anger,” Dave Barry’s Lessons From Lucy is a witty and wise guide to joyous living.
An original Saturday Night Live writer, Alan Zweibel has won five Emmy, and two Writers Guild of America awards for his work in television which includes It’s Garry Shandling’s Show (which he co-created and produced), The David Letterman Show and Curb Your Enthusiasm. A frequent guest on all of the late night talk shows, Alan’s theatrical contributions include his collaboration with Billy Crystal on the Tony Award winning play 700 Sundays; Martin Short’s Broadway hit Fame Becomes Me; and the off-Broadway play Bunny Bunny – Gilda Radner: A Sort of Romantic Comedy which he adapted from his best-selling book. Alan has written eleven books including the 2006 Thurber Prize winning novel The Other Shulman, the popular children’s book Our Tree Named Steve, and most recently, a parody of the Passover Haggadah titled For This We Left Egypt? that he co-wrote with Dave Barry and Adam Mansbach. His humor has appeared in The New Yorker, Esquire, The Atlantic Monthly, the New York Times Op-Ed page, The Huffington Post and MAD Magazine. Alan is currently preparing his play Bunny Bunny for a return to New York stage, writing a memoir titled Laugh Lines – 40 Years Trying To Make Funny People Funnier that will be published in 2020, and a new movie he wrote with Billy Crystal is scheduled to start shooting in the fall.