FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 29, 2021
TEXAS PERFORMING ARTS ADDS TWO SHOWS TO THEIR
‘TEXAS WELCOMES’ SERIES AT BASS CONCERT HALL
#IMOMSOHARD: THE GETAWAY TOUR ON FRI, OCT 15
AN EVENING WITH DAVID SEDARIS ON FRI, APR 29
Both shows on sale this Fri, July 2 at 10am
AUSTIN, TX – Texas Performing Arts continues to add events to the 2021-22 ‘Texas Welcomes’ Season with two very different, but equally hilarious shows, both on sale this Friday, July 2nd. The comedy duo of Jen Smedley and Kristin Hensley, creators and stars of the hit Facebook weekly series #IMomSoHard return to Bass Concert Hall after their sold-out appearance there in 2018. The hilarious live show comes to Austin as part of the duo’s ‘The Getaway Tour’ on Friday, October 15th at 8pm. Tickets available at $49.75 and $59.75. This show is for ages 18+ only.
Presented in conjunction with the Paramount Theatre, beloved author and master storyteller David Sedaris returns to Bass Concert Hall on Friday, April 29th, 2022 at 8pm. Sure to be one of the most incisive and bitingly funny performances of the season, Sedaris visits Austin in support of The Best of Me, his latest collection of stories and essays, spanning his remarkable career—as selected by the author himself. Tickets available at $30, $40 and $55.
The comedy duo of Jen Smedley and Kristin Hensley, creators and stars of the hit Facebook weekly series #IMomSoHard, have announced additional dates for their upcoming #IMOMSOHARD: The Getaway Tour, which has been selling out across the country. Being a mom can be tough, which is why the #IMOMSOHARD duo is excited to give even more moms an opportunity to enjoy an unforgettable night out with friends. Tickets and VIP packages for the Austin tour stop go on sale beginning Friday, July 2 @ 10am CST.
No one can make moms feel as uncomfortably normal as Hensley and Smedley. With more than 1.5 million followers on social media and 120 million views of their web series in less than 2 years, the Nebraska natives blend of honesty and humor resonates with moms and dads alike, proving these two have become the hottest tickets in town. One of their most shared episodes – I Swimsuit Season So Hard which featured the moms trying on the summer's hottest/most ridiculous swimwear – garnered over 20 million views and coverage in the world’s top newsoutlets. The duo’s #IMOMSOHARD book made The New York Times Best Seller list, and their stand up special is streaming on Amazon Prime. The moms have appeared on a number of national TV shows including The Today Show, Nightline and The Doctors, and were chosen for People Magazine’s Best of 2017. They also introduced their hilarious #IMOMSOHARD: The Podcast in 2020 and release new episodes every Tuesday.
ABOUT DAVID SEDARIS
With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today. David Sedaris is the author of Barrel Fever and Holidays on Ice, as well as collections of personal essays, Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, and his most recent book, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, each of which became an immediate bestseller. The audio version of Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls is a 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards Nominee for Best Spoken Word Album. He is the author of the NYT-bestselling collection of fables entitled Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary (with illustrations by Ian Falconer). He was also the editor of Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules: An Anthology of Outstanding Stories. Sedaris’ pieces appear regularly in The New Yorker and have twice been included in “The Best American Essays.” There are over ten million copies of his books in print and they have been translated into 25 languages.
Now, for the first time collected in one volume, the author brings us his funniest and most memorable work. The Best of Me David Sedaris’s best stories and essays, spanning his remarkable career—as selected by the author himself. In these stories, Sedaris shops for rare taxidermy, hitchhikes with a lady quadriplegic, and spits a lozenge into a fellow traveler’s lap. He drowns a mouse in a bucket, struggles to say “give it to me” in five languages, and hand-feeds a carnivorous bird.
ABOUT TEXAS PERFORMING ARTS
Texas Performing Arts is the performing arts presenting program of The University of Texas at Austin and operates campus venues including Bass Concert Hall and McCullough Theatre. It is the home of the Broadway in Austin series, a curated program of performing arts, and a host of comedy and concert events. In calendar year 2019 Bass Concert Hall had the highest number of tickets sold of any theater in Austin, was #2 in the State of Texas and #22 in the world, according to industry publication Pollstar. Following a national search, Tony Award-winning producer Bob Bursey was appointed Executive Director in January, 2020.