Literary Death Match
Literary Merit: Jessica Valenti, named one of the Top 100 Inspiring Women in the world by The Guardian, author of the New York Times best-selling Sex Object: A Memoir, creator of the award-winning blog Feministing
Performance: Anna Chlumsky, actor featured in Veep, Halt and Catch Fire, In the Loop and My Girl
Intangibles: Krystyna Hutchinson, comedian, co-host of the Guys We Fucked: Anti Slut-Shaming Podcast, co-author of the book FUCKED, actor, half of the comedy duo Sorry About Last Night,
Super-Intangibles: Aparna Nancherla, comedian (Just Putting It Out There), actor (Bojack Horseman; Corporate) writer (most recently: Late Night with Seth Meyers)
* Safiya Sinclair, Whiting Award, Metcalf Award in Literature and Prairie Schooner Book Prize-winning author ofCannibal
* Kanishk Tharoor, National Magazine Award-nominated author of Swimmer Among the Stars, presenter of BBC Radio's “Museum of Lost Objects"
* Simeon Marsalis, author of As Lie is to Grin, shortlisted for the 2017 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize
* Alexis Okeowo, 2018 PEN Open Book Award-winning author of A Moonless, Starless Sky: Ordinary Women and Men Fighting Extremism in Africa
Hosted by LDM creator Adrian Todd Zuniga. Produced by Hannah Settle & Taylor Anhalt
Anna Chlumsky is an American actress. She began her career as a child actress, best known playing the lead role of Vada Sultenfuss in My Girl and its 1994 sequel. Since 2012, Chlumsky has portrayed Amy Brookheimer on the HBO television series Veep, for which she has received five consecutive nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.
Aparna started out doing comedy in her hometown of Washington D.C. and now resides in New York City. 2016’s Elle’s Women in Comedy Issue, featured her as one of the most exciting new voices to hit the comedy scene. She is a series regular in the debut season of Comedy Central’s Corporate and has reprised her role in season 2 of HBO’s CRASHING. Aparna is also featured in the second season of Netflix’s The Standups. Other television credits include Netflix’s Master of None and LOVE, HBO’s High Maintenance Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer, appearing as a US correspondent for Dave’s (UK) Unspun with Matt Forde, and Hulu’s I Love You, America with Sarah Silverman. In 2018 she makes her feature debut in the Paul Feig movie A Simple Favor. Her TV stand up appearances include Seeso’s stand up series Night Train with Wyatt Cenac, season 2 of Comedy Central’s Meltdown as well as Adam Devine’s House Party. In 2013, she made her late night stand up debut on TBS’s Conan and was one of the breakout New Faces at the prestigious Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal. Her TV writing credits include Late Night with Seth Meyers as well as being a regular correspondent/writer on FX’s Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. She is also an alumna of the NBC Stand Up for Diversity program and currently headlines throughout the world and has been seen at a number of festivals including Comedy Central’s Clusterfest, Portland’s Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Moontower, SF Sketchfest, DC’s Bentzen Ball, Outside Lands, Bonnaroo and Dublin’s Vodaphone Comedy Festival. Aparna’s been featured on and in NPR, Reader’s Digest, The Huffington Post, The Washington Post Magazine, XM Radio, and Slate V. She can regularly be seen performing at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade’s in LA and NYC. Her debut album Just Putting It Out There was released in July 2016 by Tig Notaro’s label Bentzen Ball Records and hit the #4 on Billboard Comedy Charts.
Whiting Award, Metcalf Award in Literature and Prairie Schooner Book Prize-winning author of Cannibal
Simeon Marsalis, author of As Lie is to Grin, shortlisted for the 2017 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize
KRYSTYNA HUTCHINSON is a stand-up comedian, writer and actress originally from Doylestown, Pennsylvania. After graduating with a BFA in Acting from Marymount Manhattan College, she became a regular in the New York City comedy club circuit. She is most known for co-hosting one of the top comedy podcasts on iTunes, GUYS WE FUCKED: The ANTI SLUT-SHAMING PODCAST, with her comedy partner Corinne Fisher. In addition to guys one of them has fucked, past notable podcast guests include Amber Rose, Artie Lange, Andy Dick, Michael Che, Dan Savage, DJ Whoo Kid and Charlamagne Tha God. Corinne and Krystyna, known as the comedy duo SORRY ABOUT LAST NIGHT have been featured in a variety of publications including Vogue, Glamour, Esquire, The Huffington Post, Vice, and Mother Jones as well as on the TEDx stage, CNN and NBC's Last Call with Carson Daly. The duo travels the world with their hit touring show, GWF: The Experience, selling out venues such as The Wilbur Theater, 930 Club, Cobb’s, Comedy Works and the main room at The Comedy Store. Their book, FUCKED: BEING SEXUALLY EXPLORATIVE AND SELF-CONFIDENT IN A WORLD THAT’S SCREWED is available for pre-order and hits shelves October 24th. In addition to all that cool shit, Krystyna produces and co-hosts the popular comedy/variety show, Glamourpuss, alongside comedian Wendi Starling, every month at Zinc Bar in New York City. You can catch her on the upcoming seasons of Master Of None and This Is Not Happening with Ari Shaffir.