With Steve Almond, Troy Walker, and Christine Lederman

Writers of comedy often find themselves balanced on the precipice between hilarity and offensiveness, stepping ever closer to that edge of what’s funny, what’s not funny, and what’s so not funny—all the while dealing with how naturally attractive it is to (sometimes) make us laugh. Join us and our seasoned comedy vets as we talk PC, taboo, and just how far is too far in writing comedy.

The literary salon has been a tradition at Lit Fest, featuring three or more speakers with varying perspectives on a theme, along with audience participation. We used to hold these informal and dynamic evenings in private rooms at restaurants around town, but now we repurpose the Lighthouse Grotto with mood lighting, food, and drink to give it a speakeasy glow. A tradition arose last year in which salon attendees gathered on the wraparound porch for drinks prior to the session.