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One-on-One: 826NYC's Tenth Anniversary Chat Spectacular

Wednesday, March 05, 2014


The Town Hall

One-on-One: 826NYC’s Tenth Anniversary Chat Spectacular

Posted February 4, 2014


When: March 5, 2014;

Where: The Town Hall, 123 W 43rd St

What: An evening of artists in conversation featuring documentary filmmaker Ken Burns & author Kurt Andersen, comedian John Oliver & musician and journalist Ahmir “?uestlove" Thompson, Portlandia’s Fred Armisen & the Audience, as well as Russian author Masha Gessen and music by Robyn Hitchcock.

Hosted by author Sarah Vowell and comedian Eugene Mirman, the evening takes 826NYC’s mission of providing students with one-on-one mentorship and turns it on its head.

Tickets: $40, $50, and $250. $250 includes a backstage reception after the show. Presale today Thursday, February 6. Pass code: Vigilant.

Sponsored by Hachette Book Group and The Brooklyn Brewery

Erasers for Breakfast 2013

Monday, August 26, 2013


BAM Cinemas

Call 718-499-9884 to reserve free tickets

Join us for Erasers for Breakfast 2013, a screening of shorts from our young filmmakers workshop. Premiere's Include The Banana Effect, Edible Glue, Jinxed, Spyliens, and Trophy Hunters. Seating is free but limited. Please RSVP at 718-499-9884.

A Night of Comedy to Benefit 826NYC

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Join us at The Bell House on Wednesday, July 10th, for A Night of Comedy to Benefit 826NYC! This fundraiser -- hosted by Eugene Mirman and Sarah Vowell -- will feature comedians Mike Birbiglia, Daniel Kitson, John Oliver, and Reggie Watts, plus special guests!

As always, all proceeds directly benefit 826NYC's free programs for New York City students ages 6 to 18 -- including this summer's writing workshops, Summer Filmmakers and Science for Superheroes!

Poker With Jokers

Saturday, February 23, 2013



On February 23rd, please join Ira Glass and Michael Ian Black for a Texas Hold'Em Poker Tournament to benefit 826NYC!

From 1-5pm, registered players will go chip to chip against Ira, Michael and other contestants for glory (and tournament trophies), while also supporting the free student programming provided by 826NYC.

For more information, to register to play, or to support your favorite player, visit:

Rants and Other Suggestions

Friday, December 07, 2012


Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th Street)


826NYC presents Rants and Other Suggestions, with readings and performances by Jonathan Franzen, Gail Collins, Jonathan Ames, Wyatt Cenac, John Oliver, Eugene Mirman and Sarah Vowell. Music by Stephin Merritt.

All proceeds benefit 826NYC.

Tickets are available here.

Trivia Night with John Hodgman

Tuesday, November 20, 2012


826NYC (372 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn)

$25 registration

On November 20th, at 7pm, please join us at 826NYC with Quizmaster John Hodgman for a Trivia Night to benefit 826NYC!

You and a teammate will compete against 24 other teams of two by answering 25 questions, selected and presented by Quizmaster Hodgman, to win fabulous prizes. You will also have the opportunity to raise additional funds to gain an advantage over other players.

Space is limited, so click here to sign up, get more information, or support a team.

Stand Up For 826NYC!

Monday, October 08, 2012

9:00 pm

The Bell House (149 7th Street, Brooklyn NY

$30 Tickets

Comedy-Event-Art.jpgOn October 8, 2012, join host, Eugene Mirman, at The Bell House for Stand-Up For 826NYC, an evening of stand-up comedy with Sarah Silverman, Mike Birbiglia, Reggie Watts, and other special guests, to benefit 826NYC!

Doors open at 8:30pm for a 9:00pm show. Admission is $30. Tickets can be purchased here.

Erasers for Breakfast 2012!

Sunday, August 26, 2012


BAM (30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn)


It's that time again...8/26 and our annual Erasers for Breakfast student film festival at BAM!

Join us on August 26th at 2pm to see the films our students have written, directed, and starred in this summer.

All tickets are FREE!

Admission is limited and offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. 826NYC students and volunteers may call to reserve tickets in advance.

Dueling Bingos!

Wednesday, August 01, 2012


826NYC (372 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn)

$25 registration

For more info or to sign up:

On August 1, 2012, join us for a cut-throat, down-and-dirty, going-to-get-ugly, no-holds-barred Bingo Tournament where you will go head to head against other players, including comedian Eugene Mirman, author Sarah Vowell, writer and producer Eric Gilliland, and actress Kathy Najimy, to win fabulous prizes while supporting the free literacy programs of 826NYC!

It's just $25 to register. Then raise more funds to gain advantage over other players!

For more info or to sign up:

Scrabble for Cheaters 2012

Saturday, April 21, 2012


826NYC (372 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn)

$50 registration

For more info:

On April 21st, join Peter Dinklage, John Hodgman, Jonathan Marc Sherman, and Michael Showalter for the fifth annual Scrabble for Cheaters Tournament, an elimination scrabble tournament, where you and a teammate play against other teams to compete for the coveted Cheater's Cup.

To help make your way toward the cup, you raise money to spend on cheats, including "Invent a Word," "Buy a Vowel," and "Create a Blank." And the best part of all — all the money you raise directly supports the free programs offered to New York City public school students by 826NYC!

Some Past Events

erasers for breakfast
Join us for Erasers for Breakfast 2013, a screening of shorts from our young filmmakers workshop. Premiere's Include The Banana Effect, Edible Glue, Jinxed, Spyliens, and Trophy Hunters. Seating is free but limited. Please RSVP at 718-499-9884.

Sufjan Stevens at Revenge of the Book Eaters, August 23, 2006.

George Saunders and Marcel Dzama, November 12, 2005.

Eugene Mirman, John Hodgman, and Leo Allen at the Superhero Fashion Show.


The 826NYC Review Issue 1 release party and reading.


David Sedaris contributes $500 of his own money to the 826NYC tip jar.


Steve Buscemi at the Children Playing... reading.


Sam Rockwell at How I Learned To Read, January, 2005.


Jon Stewart and the creators of The Daily Show reading from America (The Book).


David Byrne at our fundraiser in Brooklyn on June 24, 2004.

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They Might Be Giants, June 4, 2004.