RS: You've written for publications like The New Yorker and TV shows like Inside Amy Schumer. I feel like you're above this event. I'm not sure why you agreed to this.
HC: Oh my god. You're right. What the fuck was I thinking? This event is beneath me and I'd like to withdraw.
You've worked for College Humor, The Onion News Network, Splitsider, McSweeney's. Do you have any advice for comedy writers just starting out?
Don't listen to people who say "if you can imagine yourself doing anything else, do that." I really hate that. Of course I can imagine myself doing other things! That's because I have an imagination. Which I am choosing to use to write comedy.
Also, it'll be okay. Just write the thing you want to write right now and try to have fun doing it, and also try to be a nice cool person other people will want to work with, and trust yourself. You know more than you think you know. *looks in mirror & repeats own advice*
What can people expect from your reading?
Probably at least a few run-on sentences because when I'm writing I often end up doing these really long stream-of-consciousness sentences in an effort to make the reader or listener feel what it's like to be inside my brain because what it's like in my brain is probably pretty similar to what it's like in their brain and maybe that recognition will make them feel understood or less alone somehow and I also find the rhythm of long sentences really funny but at the same time I feel insecure that maybe this technique is not actually funny so much as it is a weird trick that SOUNDS funny without actually BEING funny because in the end there's no actual joke (although what is a joke REALLY), just a lot of words about words that aren't really saying anything.