Stephen Tobolowsky - Stories from "My Adventures with God”

Stephen Tobolowsky - Stories from "My Adventures with God”

Tuesday · November 14, 2017

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

$20

This event is 21 and over

Join us for a live presentation of stories from Stephen Tobolowsky's new book, My Adventures with God

**Please note that this event will be mixed seating/standing. Please arrive early for the best seat selection.

 

Stephen Tobolowsky
Stephen Tobolowsky
Stephen Tobolowsky is one of the leading character actors in films today. USA Today listed him as the 9th most frequently seen actor in movies; he has appeared in over 250 movies and television shows. He is best known for playing Ned Ryerson in Groundhog Day, as well as Sammy Jankis in Memento, Werner Brandes in Sneakers, Happy Chapman in Garfield, and Mr. Bates in Freaky Friday.

On television, he played notable roles on Seinfeld, Deadwood, Glee, Californication, and can currently be seen on The Goldbergs on ABC, Silicon Valley for HBO and One Day at a Time for Netflix.

He wrote and performed Stephen Tobolowsky’s Birthday Party that premiered at the HBO Comedy Festival and SXSW in Austin. He wrote True Stories with David Byrne and Beth Henley. His storytelling concert film The Primary Instinct was released in 2016 on HULU and is available on iTunes.

He has written and performed his stories, “The Tobolowsky Files” around the world and can currently be heard on Slashfilm.com and on iTunes.

His first book, The Dangerous Animals Club, was published by Simon and Schuster in 2012. His second book of stories with Simon and Schuster, My Adventures with God, was hailed as a “delight” by Susan Orlean (The Orchid Thief), and features an introspective, humorous collection about love, religion, catastrophe, and Jewish identity, all told through the lens of our ever-evolving relationship with the mystery that is “God.”

Visit stephentobolowsky.com or connect with Stephen @tobolowsky on Twitter and on facebook.com/stephentobolowsky.
My Adventures with God
My Adventures with God
From legendary character actor Stephen Tobolowsky—who currently appears on The Goldbergs, HBO’s Silicon Valley, and Norman Lear’s new One Day at a Time, author of The Dangerous Animals Club and The Tobolowsky Files podcast—My Adventures with God is a funny, introspective collection about love, catastrophe, and triumph, all told through the lens of his evolving relationship with the mystery that is “God.”

As Tobolowsky explains, “It’s hard to believe in nothing. Even cats believe in suppertime. As much as we love certainty, we are often shaped by the invisible, the unexplainable—something we call faith. We are inclined to acknowledge the holy. Even if it is only a paper heart we find in an old suitcase.”

My Adventures with God is a series of short stories exploring the idea that most people’s lives seem to fit into the template of the Old Testament. We all have powerful creation myths: tales of our childhood and family, our first battles won and lost. It is our Genesis. Then, like in the Book of Exodus, we go into slavery. Rather than building pyramids, we lose ourselves in fear and ambition—in first loves, first jobs, too many dreams mixed with too much beer. We eventually become free, only to wander in the wilderness. At some point we stop and proclaim to the universe who we are. This is our Leviticus moment. We reconcile what we thought we would be with what we have become. We often attempt a mid-course correction. Then, as in the Book of Numbers, we are shaped by mortality as we bear the loss of family and friends. Finally, we retell our stories to our children hoping to make sense of the journey, as Moses did in Deuteronomy.

Tobolowsky’s stories tell of a boy growing up in the wilds of Texas, finding and losing love, losing and finding himself—all told through the prism of the Torah and Talmud, mixed with insights from science, and refined through a child’s sense of wonder. My Adventures with God not only shines a light into the life of one of America’s most beloved actors, but also provides a structure to evaluate our own lives and relationship with God.
Venue Information:
The Bell House
149 7th Street
Brooklyn, New York, 11215
http://www.thebellhouseny.com/