Recorded for NPR to Benefit The Mark Twain Library
Friday, September 21, 2018 at 7:30pm
As part of the Mark Twain Library’s Pudd’nhead Festival of Humor, don’t miss these funny short stories read by Jane Kaczmarek & Kate Walsh, hosted by Michael Ian Black! The hit public radio series comes to the Ridgefield Playhouse with an evening of funny and moving tales filled with unexpected twists and turns. Humorous short stories by established and emerging writers take on a new life when they are performed by stars of the stage and screen. Selected Shorts LIVE – hosted by popular actor/author/comedian Michael Ian Black – promises a unique night of literature in performance. The show will be recorded to air nationally on more than 150 stations around the country.
Michael Ian Black is known for such seminal television programs as The State, Stella, and Michael and Michael Have Issues, all of which he co-created, wrote, and starred in. In addition to performing stand-up across the country, Black has appeared in many films and television shows, including Ed, Wet Hot American Summer, Burning Love, They Came Together, The Jim Gaffigan Show, Inside Amy Schumer, VH1’s I Love the ’80s, The Good Fight, and Dogs in a Park. He has written best-selling books for both children and adults. Black is the host of the podcast How to Be Amazing and can currently be seen on Comedy Central’s Another Period and Wet Hot American Summer: 10 Years Later.
Jane Kaczmarek is best known for her role as Lois on Malcolm in the Middle, for which she received 7 consecutive Emmy nominations, as well as nominations for the Golden Globe and SAG Awards. Her television career began on The Paper Chase, St. Elsewhere, and Hill Street Blues. In New York, Kaczmarek has appeared on Broadway and off at Manhattan Theatre Club, Second Stage, the Public Theatre, New York Theater Workshop, and the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Kaczmarek appeared in Long Day’s Journey Into Night at the Geffen Playhouse with Alfred Molina, and most recently played the Stage Manager in Our Town with Deaf West Theatre.
Kate Walsh is best known for her role as Dr. Addison Montgomery on Grey’s Anatomy and its spin-off series Private Practice, as well as her starring role on Bad Judge. Additional television credits include The Drew Carey Show, Funny or Die Presents, Full Circle, Everyone’s Crazy But Us, and 13 Reasons Why. Walsh has appeared off-Broadway in Dusk Rings a Bell and the Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of If I Forget, which was streamed on Broadway HD. Her film credits include Kicking & Screaming, Under the Tuscan Sun, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Just Before I Go, Fargo, Girls Trip, Corporate, and most recently, Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House.