Seriously Entertaining

“A literary mixtape [with] perfect flow and variety.”
— The New York Times, March 2016

House of SpeakEasy’s flagship program, “Seriously Entertaining,” is an acclaimed series of literary cabarets where authors take the stage to riff and ruminate informally, dinner-theater-style, on the evening’s theme. Since our debut show in 2014, House of SpeakEasy has been proud to feature a diverse range of authors and performers, from Pulitzer Prize–winning journalists to acclaimed novelists and poets, as well as comedians, musicians, and emerging writers.

We look forward to returning to our home at Joe’s Pub with our partners at The Public Theater later this year. Until then, you can watch livestreamed versions of the show via Crowdcast and Facebook Live.

Upcoming shows

We are excited to continue livestreaming our shows in early 2021. Stay tuned for details on line-ups and info on how to register to watch. You can join our mailing list to get updates on upcoming programs.

› 4.20.21 @ 7pm ET — Only Home We’ve Ever Known

› 5.25.21 @ 7pm ET — I Scream, You Scream

For a list of past Seriously Entertaining shows, go here.

Photos From Our Past Shows At Joe’s Pub

April 20, 2021 @ 7pm ET“Only Home We’ve Ever Known” featuring stories by Professor of Political Science and peacebuilder Séverine Autesserre, actress, TV host, and author Annabelle Gurwitch, novelist and reporter Sanjena Sathian, and award-winning environmental and science journalist Michelle Nijhuis.

May 25, 2021 @ 7pm ET“I Scream, You Scream” featuring acclaimed journalist and podcast creator/host Amber Hunt; comic book creator, writer, and illustrator Chip Zdarsky; distinguished University Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown Nancy Sherman; and award-winning debut novelist Gabriela Garcia.

You can purchase copies of performing authors’ books in our virtual storefront on