**THIS PROGRAM IS SOLD OUT**
The Brown Lecture series invites you to spend an unforgettable evening with Leslie Jones and get to know the woman behind the laughs: tough yet full of love, uncompromising yet wise, and always completely hilarious.
Leslie’s audacious new memoir, LESLIE F*CKING JONES, is a love letter to regular people just trying to make it day by day. Her story is proof that if you fight for yourself, you can live a bigger life than you ever imagined.
When Leslie discovered comedy, everything in her life changed. While hitting the road as a working comedian, and holding down regular jobs to fund her dreams, she found herself fighting prejudice, tough crowds, stupid bosses, and people who thought a Black woman could never be funny enough. Through it all, Leslie proved herself time and time again – from nights at clubs across the country, through hit TV specials, to six years at SNL.
Get ready to laugh out loud and be inspired during this honest and revealing conversation with the one and only Leslie Jones.
Leslie Jones will be joined in conversation by comedian and author Judy Gold.
About the Author:
Leslie Jones is a three-time Primetime Emmy Award nominee as well as a Writer’s Guild Award and NAACP Award nominee for her work on Saturday Night Live. She has also been honored as one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People. Jones recently wrapped production on season two of the MAX series Our Flag Means Death. The week of January 17th, 2023, Jones kicked off a new era of The Daily Show as the program's first guest host. In 2021, she starred opposite Eddie Murphy in Coming 2 America, for which she won an MTV Movie Award and was nominated for a People’s Choice Award. Jones will next produce an untitled Christmas comedy for Lionsgate which she is currently developing as a potential future starring role. Additionally, Jones co-hosts the podcast THE FCKRY with comedian Lenny Marcus. Each week, Jones and Marcus interview guests and answer listener questions, while exposing “the f*ckry” of any given topic.
About the Moderator:
Judy Gold has had stand-up specials on HBO, Comedy Central and LOGO and appeared on Netflix's Stand Out: An LGBTQ+ Celebration. She is the author of Yes I Can Say That: When They Come For The Comedians, We Are All In Trouble, a critically acclaimed book about free speech and cancel-culture which debuted as the number one comedy release on Amazon and was featured in the New York Times Book Review. The solo show, Yes I Can Say That! directed by BD Wong and starring Judy premiered in March 2023 at 59E59 Theaters and received rave reviews. The show is set to begin touring in 2024. Judy is also host of the hit podcast, Kill Me Now with Judy Gold.
Judy’s recent acting credits include, Showtime’s City On A Hill (Cassndra Kassell), FX’s Better Things (Chaya). Showtime's The First Lady (Elizabeth Read). Judy also guest stars as Sophie in the Apple TV+ drama series Extrapolations. Other guest stars include Hulu’s Life and Beth, and Season 2 of Peacock’s Girls 5 Eva. She has had recurring roles on Comedy Central's Awkwafina, Netflix’s Friends from College and TBS’ Search Party. Her recent film credits include Love Reconsidered, along with the upcoming She Came To Me, and Eternal Buzz.
Judy is one of the main subjects in the Hulu documentary Hysterical. She has appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and The Tonight Show. From 1999-2010, Judy was the host of HBO’s At the Multiplex with Judy Gold. Judy also won two Emmy awards for writing and producing The Rosie O’Donnell Show. She was also a writer on the final season of Better Things.
Judy has written and starred in three critically acclaimed Off-Broadway hit shows, the aforementioned Yes I Can Say That! The Judy Show – My Life as a Sitcom (Outer Critics Circle Nomination), and 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother (GLAAD Media Award – Outstanding NY Theater, Drama Desk Nomination – Actor). Judy received rave reviews as Gremio in The Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park all-female production of The Taming of The Shrew. She also co-starred in Off-Broadway’s Clinton! The Musical, and Disaster! The Musical.
Judy has made numerous appearances on The View, The Today Show, The Drew Barrymore Show, and on MSNBC, CNN and NewsNation as a free-speech advocate. She often pops up on The Food Network, but please do not mention Chopped All Stars or Rachel vs. Guy to her.
Judy’s three albums, Conduct Unbecoming, Kill Me Now and Judith’s Roommate Had a Baby are available wherever you get your music. You can also check out her website, JudyGold.com or follow her on Twitter, Instagram or Tik Tok - @jewdygold
The Brown Lecture Series is supported by a generous grant from the Eddie C. and C. Sylvia Brown Foundation.
Thursday, September 21 at 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Central Library, Central Hall
400 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201