Cool Kids with Jon Ronson and Maeve Higgins

Cool Kids with Jon Ronson and Maeve Higgins

Jon Ronson, Maeve Higgins, Mona Chalabi, Alexis Coe, James Hamblin, Hadiyah Robinson, Charla Lauriston

Wed, December 14, 2016

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Union Hall - Brooklyn

Brooklyn, NY

$12.00

This event is 21 and over

** Please note this event will be mixed seated/standing. Arrive early for best seat selection.

Cool Kids with Jon Ronson and Maeve Higgins
Cool Kids with Jon Ronson and Maeve Higgins
You know how sometimes you go to a comedy show but you find yourself debilitated by all that funniness?

You scream at the organizer “Can’t the comedians be interspersed with writers and storytellers and scientists and artists who are fascinating and cool but not necessarily funny?” “No,” the organizer replies. “Go to hell." You leave, feeling terribly alone. Well, you're not alone any more! Jon Ronson (writer, showgirl) and Maeve Higgins (comedian, legend) are here for you, and each month they assemble the finest brains and smartest mouths NYC has to offer, and serve them up in a basement in Brooklyn.
Jon Ronson
Jon Ronson
Jon’s books - So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, The Psychopath Test, The Men Who Stare At Goats, Lost at Sea, and Them - are all international and New York Times bestsellers. He co-wrote the screenplay for Frank, starred Michael Fassbender. He writes for The Guardian, has appeared on This American Life, The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, and his many TV documentaries include Stanley Kubrick's Boxes and The Secret Rulers of the World. The movie adaptation of THE PSYCHOPATH TEST is currently in development starring Scarlett Johannson.
Maeve Higgins
Maeve Higgins
Maeve Higgins brings the pain - of laughter! She is a writer and comedian standing at 6”4 or thereabouts. Her second book of essays was published in Ireland and the UK in october. She lives in New York.
Mona Chalabi
Mona Chalabi
Mona Chalabi writes about data at FiveThirtyEight. She previously worked as a data journalist at the Guardian crowdsourcing numbers and using published statistics to turn data into words, charts, videos and interactives. She began to write about statistics after analysing large data sets in her roles at the Bank of England, the Economist Intelligence Unit, Transparency International and the International Organisation for Migration. As well as teaching data analysis and visualisation she regularly gives talks on the power of data.
Alexis Coe
Alexis Coe
Alexis Taines Coe is an award-winning American historian. She co-hosts the new Audible series, "Presidents Are People, Too!" and wrote the narrative history book, Alice+Freda Forever. She is a consultant on the movie adaptation, currently in production. Alexis is now at work on her second book, a biography on George Washington, to be published by Viking/Penguin in 2018.

Alexis holds an MA in early 20th century American citizenship. While in grad school, she was a project based oral historian at the Brooklyn Historical Society, and after graduating, she was a Research Curator in the Exhibitions Department at the New York Public Library.

Alexis has contributed to the New York Times, the New Republic, Atlantic, Slate, Lapham's Quarterly, Elle, the Paris Review Daily, the Guardian, the Awl, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Vice, Modern Farmer, BuzzFeed Books, Jezebel, and many other publications. In 2013, the Atlantic named her essay on marriage one of "Great Debates of the Year."

Most recently, she spent three months in a redwood forest living a feminist Walden; one of her weekly dispatches was listed as a notable essay in Great American Essays 2016, edited by Jonathan Franzen. After leaving the cabin, Alexis spent a week reenacting the Gold Rush migration as a piooner on a wagon ride from Nevada to California.

On occasion, Alexis consults on creative projects and for businesses, such as The Wing, a new women's social club in New York. She is a member of Biographer's International Organization.
James Hamblin
James Hamblin
Hamblin is a writer and senior editor at The Atlantic magazine. He hosts the video series If Our Bodies Could Talk, for which he was a finalist in the Webby awards for Best Web Personality. He is a past Yale University Poynter Fellow in journalism, and he has lectured at Harvard Medical School, Wharton Business School, Columbia Mailman School of Public Health, and SXSW, among others.
His writing and videos have been featured in/on The New York Times, Politico magazine, Bon Appétit, Comedy Central, NPR, BBC, MSNBC, New York, and The Awl, among others. Time named him among the 140 people to follow on Twitter, Greatist named him among the most influential people in health media, and BuzzFeed called him "the most delightful MD ever," though he is not as delightful as William Carlos Williams.
After medical school at Indiana University, he did three years of residency before joining The Atlantic to develop a health section and, at least for now, work entirely in media. More on that at Columbia Journalism Review, Journal of the American College of Radiology, and Capital New York. He's based in Brooklyn.
Hadiyah Robinson
Hadiyah Robinson
(TimeOut NY)

After first taking the plunge into comedy, Hadiya was a finalist in the New York NBC Stand Up For Diversity showcase, semi finalist in the Ladies of Laughter Festival and a featured comedian in the New York Underground Comedy Festival. Hadiyah's television performances include BET's Comic View, BET's One Mic Stand, The Mo'Nique Show and most recently Gotham Comedy Live. She performs regularly in NYC at Stand Up New York, Caroline's on Broadway, Gotham, The New York Comedy Club, Broadway Comedy Club and Levity Live. She's even taken her act across the ocean to Amsterdam's RAI Theater as a Queen of Comedy as well as performing for the troops in Germany and South Korea. Hadiyah has been a commentator on MTV's Yo Momma, BET's Do's and Don'ts of the Hip Hop Awards, The Maury Povich Show as well as a contestant on TV One's Get the Hookup.
Charla Lauriston
Charla Lauriston
Charla Lauriston is a stand-up comedian based in New York and wrote for Why? with Hannibal Buress and the first season of ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’, the Tina Fey produced Netflix comedy. She’s been listed as one of 8 Black Women Ready for SNL by Essence Magazine, was Joke of the Week in TimeOut New York, was featured on MTV (Other)’s Truth or Dare, has performed stand-up and at the New York Comedy Festival, the She-Devil Festival, and the Chicago Women’s Funny Festival.

Charla has spoken at the Brown University Comedy Conference, and is still very proud to have been the commencement speaker for her undergraduate class. She is the creator of the critically acclaimed original series Clench & Release, performs stand-up all over the country, and one time she was briefly mentioned in TimeOut Chicago as being “real good”.
Venue Information:
Union Hall - Brooklyn
702 Union Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11215
http://www.unionhallny.com/