Literary Death Match

Literary Death Match

Roy Wood, Jr., Heben Nigatu, Akilah Hughes, Carson Kressley, Porochista Khakpour, Ashley C. Ford, Daniel Alarcón, Adrian Todd Zuniga, and more TBA!

Tuesday · January 24, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:05 pm

$12 adv / $15 dos

Tickets Available at the Door

This event is 21 and over

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

Literary Death Match
Literary Death Match

In our noisy return to Brooklyn's Bell House, Literary Death Match continues our run of shows in Protest of the happenings at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, with a can't-miss night of literature, comedy and absurdity — all in the hopes of making the world feel marginally sane. Be there! 

What is Literary Death Match? Part literary event, part comedy show, part game show, Literary Death Match brings together four of today’s finest writers to compete in an edge-of-your-seat read-off critiqued by three celebrity judges, and concluded by a slapstick showdown to decide the ultimate champion.

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Literary Merit: Simon Winchester, NY Times best-selling author of Professor and the Madman, journalist who covered Watergate and Bloody Sunday; awarded Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Performance: Joanna Hausmann, Venezuelan-American comedian, correspondent on Netflix's upcoming Bill Nye Saves The World; named Best Comedian in Hispanicize's 2016 Tecla awards
Intangibles: Michelle Buteau, stand-up comedian (listen to her album Shut Up!) and actress (Key & Peele; Eric Andre Show)

Round 1: 

Boris Fishman, multi-award-winning author of Don't Let My Baby Do Rodeo and A Replacement Life
Daniel José Older
, International Latino Book Award-winner for Shadowshaper & NY Times bestselling author of Salsa Nocturna

Round 2: 
Bridget Minamore
, author of Titanic, one of Speaking Volumes' '40 Stars of Black British Literature'
Marcy Dermansky
, award-winning author of critically-acclaimed novels The Red CarBad Marie and Twins


Roy Wood, Jr.
Roy Wood, Jr.
Currently a correspondent on 'The Daily Show w/ Trevor Noah', Roy has been described by the Hollywood Reporter as "A Standout", and Entertainment Weekly called his brand of thought provoking comedy as "charismatic crankiness". In 2016 'Variety' magazine named him one of 10 Comics to watch.

Prior to 'The Daily Show' Roy spent three years on the TBS' sitcom, Sullivan and Son. And is still a regular on

He's currently a regular on 'Conan', ESPN's 'SportsNation' & Comedy Central's @Midnight.

A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Roy began his comedy career in 1998 at the age of 19 while attending Florida A&M University. He went on to make his television debut in 2006 on The Late Show with David Letterman. and finished third in the 2010 season of Last Comic Standing.

He's also appeared on HBO's Def Comedy Jam, Comedy Central's Premium Blend and The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson

Prior to this he also appeared at the 2006 Montreal Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in the "New Faces Showcase". In 2006, Wood appeared on the Bob and Tom Radio Show: The Comedy Tour on Comedy Central.

Also a veteran of radio (2001-2012) Roy's morning show took home awards from the Alabama Broadcasters association for 'Best Large Market Morning Show'.

Wood has recorded three nationally-released prank call CD's: My Momma Made Me Wear This (2003), Confessions of a High School Bench Warmer (2005) and I'll Slap You to Sleep! (2009). And has recently released his first comedy CD Things I think, I think (2013)
Heben Nigatu
(Another Round)
Akilah Hughes
Akilah Hughes is a writer, stand-up comedian and YouTuber residing in Brooklyn. Her work has been viewed millions of times on Refinery29, Huffpo, HelloGiggles, Elite Daily, Femsplain, MTV, Yahoo! and on her personal YouTube channel, It's Akilah, Obviously! She's currently a digital correspondent for Fusion's Pop and Culture team and a 2015 Sundance fellow. In the fall of 2016, Razorbill, an imprint of Penguin Random House, is publishing a collection of her personal essays.
Venue Information:
The Bell House
149 7th Street
Brooklyn, New York, 11215