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 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
For the first time ever, Literary Death Match is teaming with the masterminds at the Brooklyn Book Festival, as we return to our Brooklyn home at The Bell House for a brilliant night of literature, witticisms, sanity amidst a seemingly-endless political storm and a little absurdity thrown in. Click to preorder now or see the full lineup!

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.

Literary Merit: Tess Morris
, British screenwriter of Man Up (Simon Pegg & Lake Bell) and one of BAFTA's Breakthrough Brits of 2015
Performance: John Leguizamo
, Emmy and Drama Desk Award-winning actor (Romeo+Juliet, Ride Along, Chef), and author of Ghetto Klown
Intangibles: Christine Nangle
WGA Award-winning TV writer; head writer of The President Show (and former writer for SNL and Inside Amy Schumer)
Super-Intangibles: Jordan Carloscomedian, writer and actor featured on Broad City, The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore & The Colbert Report)

Round 1: 
Sam Sax
author of Madness, winner of The National Poetry Series Selected; NEA and Lambda Literary fellow

Round 2: 
Mitchell S. Jackson, TED Foundation Fellowship & Whiting Award-winning author of The Residue Years Oversoul
Melissa Febos
, award-winning author of Whip Smart and Abandon Me

Hosted by LDM creator Adrian Todd Zuniga

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