Friday, November 5
7 p.m. ET
Join Montclair’s own Kal Penn for a virtual event celebrating the release of his memoir YOU CAN'T BE SERIOUS.
This event is in partnership with Literati Bookstore, Oblong Books, Politics & Prose, and RJ Julia. Kal Penn will be in conversation with a guest to be announced.
In this refreshingly candid memoir, Kal Penn recounts why he rejected the advice of his aunties and guidance counselors and, instead of becoming a doctor or "something practical," embarked on a surprising journey that has included acting, writing, working as a farmhand, teaching Ivy League University courses, and smoking fake weed with a fake President of the United States, before serving the country and advising a real one.
You Can't Be Serious shows that everyone can have more than one life story. Kal demonstrates by example that no matter who you are and where you come from, you have many more choices than those presented to you. It's a story about struggle, triumph, and learning how to keep your head up. And okay, yes, it's also about how he accidentally (and very stupidly) accepted an invitation to take the entire White House Office of Public Engagement to a strip club--because, let's be honest, that's the kind of stuff you really want to hear about.
Kal Penn has played leading roles in some of the world's most-watched television shows and has starred in movies that have collectively grossed more than a billion dollars, including the Harold and Kumar franchise. He has also served as an Adjunct Lecturer in Sociology and Film Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, and in Sociology and Political Science at the University of California, Los Angeles. Kal has worked at the very highest levels of politics, as an Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, where he was President Obama's Liaison to Young Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and the Arts communities in America. He was born and raised in Montclair, New Jersey.