The Terrifying Realm of the Possible: With Author, Actor & Comedian Brett Gelman
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    The Terrifying Realm of the Possible: With Author, Actor & Comedian Brett Gelman

    In conversation with Zack Bodner

    When: Thursday, 3/21/2024 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

    Where: Freidenrich Conference Center (Bldg F) 4th Floor

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    OFJCC Palo Alto JCC Brett Gelman (Stranger Things, Fleabag) will present his daring, hilariously neurotic literary debut (to be published March 19), in conversation with Zack Bodner, President and CEO of the Oshman Family JCC. This is a collection of stories you don't want to miss! A book signing will follow. Books will be available for purchase at the event.

    About the Book
    Enter the wonderfully weird, always uncomfortable, side-splittingly funny world of The Terrifying Realm of the Possible: Nearly True Stories, where your worst fears of who you are or might become are always just around the corner. In these masterful short stories from the singular mind of the actor and comedian Brett Gelman, you'll meet five individuals, each navigating a uniquely strange stage of life:

    • Abraham Amsterdam (the child)
    • Mendel Freudenberger (the teenager)
    • Jackie Cohen (the adult)
    • Iris Below (the senior)
    • Z (the dead)

    Our characters face the big issues—the ones we all face. As they traverse the prickly terrain of morality, family, sex, fame, religion and death they search for answers to life's unanswerable questions. In the futility of that search comes the absurdity, along with the comedy. The composite portrait is an existential (mis)adventure of Rothian proportions. Gelman's remarkable first book is a bold, unforgettable debut that challenges our assumptions about what it means to be human.

    About Brett Gelman
    Brett is an acclaimed, actor, writer and comedian whose signature intensity and fearlessness enables him to navigate both comedy and drama. Brett's work can be seen on television in Stranger Things, Fleabag, LOVE, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Twin Peaks: The Return and the Adult Swim special trilogy Dinner with Friends with Brett Gelman, which he co-wrote, and in films including The Other Guys, Lemon, which he also co-wrote, Without Remorse and Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile. The Terrifying Realm of the Possible is his first book. Brett has a big social following—almost a million on IG and close to 5 million on TikTok.

    About the moderator
    Zack Bodner
    is President and CEO of the OFJCC. He is also an accomplished speaker and author of the book Why Do Jewish? A Manifesto for 21st Century Jewish Peoplehood, that ponders some of our oldest wisdom traditions and provides an accessible road map for anyone looking for answers to life's most important questions.

    Thursday, March 21
    8:00–9:30 PM
    Freidenrich Conference Center (Bldg F) 4th Floor
    $25 General Public 
    Contact: Michelle Shabtai | [email protected]

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