Los Angeles Times Introduces Festival After Dark

Special Live Performance of Wits with Margaret Cho, Superchunk, Okkervil River’s Will Sheff and Host John Moe

The Los Angeles Times today announced the debut of Festival After Dark, extending the Festival of Books into the evening hours with a live performance of American Public Media’s Wits. Special guests Margaret Cho, Superchunk and Will Sheff (of Okkervil River) will join host John Moe for an evening of improv, sketch comedy, conversation and music as the popular public radio program is recorded for air.

Saturday, April 12
8:00 p.m.

Bovard Auditorium
3551 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles

$33.50 to $65 (Tickets on sale now)

Festival of Books is The Times’ annual celebration of ideas, creativity, and the written word being held on campus at USC April 12-13. Wits is a weekly public radio show hosted by John Moe heard on more than 100 radio stations across the nation, including KPCC, 89.3. More information about Festival of Books and Festival After Dark can be found at and @latimesfob (#bookfest). For the latest updates on everything Wits, follow @wits on Twitter and the Wits Facebook and Tumblr pages. Visit to listen to previous episodes and learn more about the show.

Guest details

Margaret Cho
could be called “Queen of all Media,” conquering film, television, books and theatre, with Grammy nominations, sold-out tours, and off-Broadway and TV shows under her belt. Equally as important are the causes she is passionate about. Margaret is widely recognized for her charitable work with gay rights and anti-bullying campaigns.

, for 25 years, has been an indie rock force with raw, infectious energy. The band’s latest album, I Hate Music, is full of “delicious noise and sugar-crusted hooks” (Rolling Stone) and it’s “crushing in its poignancy” (Spin). Drummer Jon Wurster has comedy chops as well, adored for his work with Tom Sharpling on The Best Show on WFMU.

Will Sheff
is the bandleader of Okkervil River, whose latest album is “The Silver Gymnasium”; Called by Pitchfork as “one of indie rock’s most ambitious thinkers,” Sheff is beloved for his smart lyrics and “sophisticated songwriting” (Paste Magazine). His arts criticism and fiction have been published in McSweeney’s, Magnet, and the Austin Chronicle, where he worked as a film critic.

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