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Bard Fisher Center and Oblong Books & Music Present Comedian and Author H. Jon Benjamin Failure Is An Option

Eleanor Davis
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY—Oblong Books & Music in association with The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College is delighted to present comedian H. Jon Benjamin (the voice behind FOX TV’s Bob's Burgers and FX Network’s Archer) who will help us all feel a little better about our own shortcomings by sharing his own in a hilarious memoir-ish chronicle of failure, Failure Is An Option: An Attempted Memoir (5/1/18  Dutton). The event takes place on Wednesday, May 2 at 8 p.m. in Bard College’s Olin Hall. Tickets are $32 and include one copy of the book. To purchase tickets go to or call 845-758-7900.

Benjamin tells stories from his own life, from his early days (“wherein I’m unable to deliver a sizzling fajita”) to his romantic life (“how I failed to quantify a threesome”) to family (“wherein a trip to P.F. Chang’s fractures a family”) to career (“how I failed at launching a kid’s show”). As Benjamin himself says, breaking down one’s natural ability to succeed is not an easy task, but also not an insurmountable one.

This event will include a Q&A and a book signing to follow in the lobby.

In the book Benjamin invites readers to embrace their own missteps and the freedom that comes along with letting go of the constant grind towards success. With stories, examples of artistic and literary failings, and a powerful “can’t-do” attitude, Benjamin explores a wide variety of things he has failed at during his life. As Benjamin points out, our society is largely failure averse – but more acceptance of failure would go a long way to making the world a better place.

For more information and to purchase tickets go to or call 845-758-7900.

Publicity, Dutton:
Becky Odell, Penguin Random House
212.366.2372 |

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This event was last updated on 04-05-2018