Mo Welch + Cecily Strong: How to Die Alone

Monday May 6: 7:00PM 8:00PM

Buy a copy of How to Die Alone or a $10 gift card in-store at the event to attend. This event will take place in the Art Department, located on the 2nd floor of the Strand at 828 Broadway (at 12th Street).

Doors open 30 minutes before the start of the event.

There’s an entire industry built on the idea of helping people to push hard and succeed in love, work, fitness, and finances. But what about those people who would so much rather stay home and eat pizza with the cat while binge-watching Netflix? Who’s telling them that it’s OK to be a couch potato?

Blair, that’s who. The creation of cartoonist and stand-up comic Mo Welch, Blair is the awkward, self-deprecating, totally relatable anti-heroine who already has 65,000 followers on Instagram and an animated show on TBS Digital. Now Blair is the face, the voice, and the attitude of How to Die Alone, the perfect self-help book for not helping yourself—and a funny, irreverent gift for millennials struggling to “adult.”

Forget winning friends and influencing people—here’s advice on how to win the Worst Friend Award instead, including: Always be late, never offer to drive (anywhere), and treat your friend’s kitchen like an open bar. Plus the ins and outs of terrible dates, permission to eat cookies instead of going to the gym, and how to treat your job like the inconvenience that it is. It’s the genuinely funny, tongue-in-cheek guide to just saying no.

Join us as Mo Welch shares her hilarious guide with SNL star Cecily Strong!


Mo Welch is a stand-up comedian and cartoonist. She appeared on CONAN in January of 2018. Her 10-part animated series BLAIR debuted on TBS Digital in January 2018. She starred in Foul Ball on CBS, Hulu’s Coming To The Stage, and appears in season two of Amazon’s Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street and season two of Life in Pieces on CBS. She has worked as a writer for Nickelodeon, TBS, and CBS. Mo runs a live talk show called The Mo Show at The Virgil on the third Tuesday of the month. Previous guests include Rachel Bloom, Cecily Strong, Tom Wilson, Rich Fulcher, and that guy that walks around Hollywood dressed as Jesus. The Chicago Reader called her “Hysterically Brilliant” and Splitsider calls her “impossibly cool”. Along with her comics, she was featured on BuzzFeed, The A.V. Club, Serial Optimist, and is a regular comics contributor to Hello Giggles and BuzzFeed.

Cecily Strong was raised in Oak Park, IL and received her BFA in theater from the California Institute of the Arts. Cecily has been a cast member on SNL for 7 seasons and has received rave reviews for her performances. In Chicago, Cecily improvised regularly at iO and served as an understudy for the Second City Main Stage and E.T.C. shows. She performed as a member of the Second City national touring company and has also appeared at the Chicago SketchFest, Chicago Just for Laughs, the New York SketchFest, and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Cecily has appeared in “The Female Brain” and Paul Feig’s reboot of “Ghostbusters,” as well as Melissa McCarthy’s “The Boss,” “The Bronze,” and “The Meddler.” Additionally, Cecily headlined the 2015 White House Correspondents’ Assn. Dinner.

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