On Monday, Nov. 15, the Writer’s Guild of America, East Foundation will host a benefit performance of Jules Feiffer: Funny Side Up at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, 261 West 47th street, at 8 p.m.
Funny Side Up is a 90-minute autobiographical tour of the life of celebrated author and cartoonist Jules Feiffer. In it, Mr. Feiffer will take the audience through his career using a slideshow of comic strips, both his own and his contemporaries and the masters who inspired him as a boy. He also will highlight some of his artwork that has never been shown in public. Mr. Feiffer has specially crafted his solo performance for this benefit; a brief question and answer session will follow the presentation.
Mr. Feiffer’s Pulitzer-winning comic strip ran for 42 years in the Village Voice and other papers. He is the author of Little Murders, the screenplay for the film Carnal Knowledge and Oscar-winning animated short, Munro. Through his use of biting humor and illustrations over six decades, he has graphically captured American social change and cultural mood. As a playwright, he also wrote Knock Knock and Grown-Ups. As a novelist, he wrote Harry, the Rat with Women and Ackroyd. He has also illustrated numerous books including Which Puppy? by his daughter Kate and the children’s classic The Phantom Tollbooth. He has won numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize, the Academy Award and the Venice Film Festival award for best screenplay. Mr. Feiffer’s autobiography, Backing Into Forward was published this year.
Tickets are $100; VIP seating, which includes a pre-show reception with Mr. Feiffer and other celebrities, is $250. Discounted tickets are available for mezzanine seating. All proceeds benefit the Writer’s Guild of America, East Foundation, a charitable foundation of top professional writers in the country who volunteer their writing skills in the service of underserved populations. For details, see online wgaefoundation.org.
Tickets are on sale now through Telecharge, telecharge.com.