If you love literary humor, there’s no better way to spend a fun evening than by meeting Sarah Vowell as she takes the stage of the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield on Friday, April 23.
Always a good read, Sarah Vowell is a gifted raconteur known for her blazing badinage. It can tie an audience up in knots of laughter. Yet she is dead serious. Her insatiable curiosity leads her into some interesting topics, like American history, and she is a bit of a Google-head about it. She pokes and probes around in archival records, and comes up with the oddest, most perverse connections to things like how the Puritans still affect our lives today, especially here in Massachusetts.
Sarah does funny the old fashioned way, with class, insight and ironic insights . Watch the videoclip below as she relates details about her stay at an unnamed Berkshire Bed and Breakfast and going to see a musical at the Berkshire Theatre Festival.
Sarah Vowell is the acclaimed author of five bestselling books and a contributing editor for NPR’s This American Life. She has written documentaries and monologues about everything from the Cherokee Trail of Tears, presidential libraries and Frank Sinatra, to more personal pieces about her father’s homemade cannon, a youthful obsession with The Godfather and her own Goth makeover.
Her book Assassination Vacation (2005) is a haunting and surprisingly hilarious road trip to tourist sites devoted to the murders of presidents Lincoln, Garfield and McKinley. Vowell examines what these acts of political violence reveal about our national character and our contemporary society.
Vowell’s most recent book, The Wordy Shipmates, examines the New England Puritans and their journey to and impact on America. She reveals how American history can show up in the most unexpected places in our modern culture, often in unexpected ways.
If you like your insights with depth and humor, you should not miss this special night. Imagine Erma Bombeck and Art Buchwald with a bit of Ripley’s Believe it or Not and you have a good idea of the promising evening that awaits.
Tickets are $25 and $35. For more information and to book yours, go to TheColonialTheatre.org/