Live Talks Los Angeles event:
in conversation with Jon Favreau
You Can’t Be Serious
— $50 includes General Admission ticket to the event
and a signed copy of the book.
— $20 includes General Admission ticket to the event.
*** The virtual version of this event airs on Nov. 9 at 6p PDT/9p EDT.
*** $38 Tickets include a copy of the book with a signed bookplate.
*** You will be able to watch the virtual event for 72 hrs after the event.
Purchase tickets to the virtual event here.
Kal Penn recounts why he rejected the advice of his aunties and guidance counselors and, instead of becoming a doctor or “something practical,” embarked on a surprising journey that has included acting, writing, working as a farmhand, teaching Ivy League University courses, and smoking fake weed with a fake President of the United States, before serving the country and advising a real one.
– MINDY KALING, New York Times bestselling author of Why Not Me?, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns), and Nothing Like I Imagined (Except for Sometimes)
“Kal Penn’s journey is insightful, funny, and instructive for anyone who’s ever grappled with how they fit into the American dream.”
– RONAN FARROW, New York Times bestselling author of Catch and Kill and War on Peace
With intelligence, humor, and charm on every page, Kal reflects on the most exasperating and rewarding moments from his journey so far. He pulls back the curtain on the nuances of opportunity and racism in the entertainment industry and recounts how he built allies, found encouragement, and dealt with early reminders that he might never fit in. And of course, he reveals how, after a decade and a half of fighting for and enjoying successes in Hollywood, he made the terrifying but rewarding decision to take a sabbatical from a fulfilling acting career for an opportunity to serve his country as a White House aide.
Above all, You Can’t Be Serious shows that everyone can have more than one life story. Kal demonstrates by example that no matter who you are and where you come from, you have many more choices than those presented to you. It’s a story about struggle, triumph, and learning how to keep your head up. And okay, yes, it’s also about how he accidentally (and very stupidly) accepted an invitation to take the entire White House Office of Public Engagement to a strip club—because, let’s be honest, that’s the kind of stuff you really want to hear about.