Drew Friedman: All the Presidents (w/ Robert Klein)
Thursday October 3: 7:00PM – 8:00PM
Doors open 30 minutes before the start of the event.
From the artist hailed by many as the greatest portraitist of our time comes All the Presidents, a stunning new collection of likenesses of every U.S. president in American history, from George Washington through Donald J. Trump, each rendered in Friedman’s celebrated style. Accompanied by vital statistics and fun factoids about each subject, All the Presidents also features an introduction in comics form by the author, as well as a foreword by Kurt Andersen, author and host of public radio’s Studio 360.
Join us in the Rare Book Room as Drew shares his latest collection in conversation with legendary acclaimed comedian and actor Robert Klein!
Award-winning artist Drew Friedman’s comics and illustrations have appeared in RAW, Weirdo, Heavy Metal, National Lampoon, SPY, MAD, Time, The New Yorker, the New York Times, The New York Observer and many other publications, as well as on numerous book covers. In his New York Times book review of Old Jewish Comedians, Steven Heller wrote: “A festival of drawing virtuosity and fabulous craggy faces. Drew Friedman might very well be the Vermeer of the Borscht Belt.”
Robert Klein has entertained audiences on Broadway, on television, and in film for more than forty years. He received a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor, and won a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award. Among dozens of starring and guest-starring roles on television, he co-starred in the hit NBC series, “Sisters,” has a recurring guest-starring role on “Law and Order” and has guest starred on “The Good Wife” and “Royal Pains.” He regularly appeared on talk shows, making more than 100 appearances on “The Tonight Show” and “Late Show with David Letterman.” Currently, he can be seen on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon,” where he is a show favorite. Klein has also appeared in many notable films including, “Hooper,” “The Owl and the Pussycat,” “Primary Colors,” “People I Know,” “Two Weeks Notice,” and “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days,” and “The Back-Up Plan” with Jennifer Lopez.
The Amorous Busboy of Decatur Avenue, his first book for Simon & Schuster, is an affectionate coming-of-age memoir about growing up in the ‘50s and ‘60s before embarking on a show business career. In it he recounts his journey from an apartment in the Bronx, developing his talent in Chicago and the beginning of his show business stardom. The book is pure Robert Klein: witty, honest, self-questioning and always contagiously funny. Publishers Weekly wrote: "...he unfurls an array of captivating anecdotes, writing with wry wit and honesty." Robert, a lifelong New Yorker, makes his home in Westchester and New York City.