We were honored when we first learned that Figment had won the 2011 Los Angeles Times Book Prizes Innovator’s Award and that excitement was brought to a downright spinning tizzy, when to celebrate the prize, six of our favorite comic actors agreed to read YOUR stories at the L.A. Times Festival of Books–the largest literary event in the country!
Even if you weren’t able to make it L.A. on April 21, we’ve got video evidence of the stars reading poems and stories culled from the Figment libraries that we’re just dying to share with you.
We’ll be featuring a video from a different reading every day this week. Check out which Figgies were lucky enough to be featured (and which celebs had the honor of reading their work):
Michaela Watkins, a comedian who’s had some unforgettable moments on SNL and New Girl, read a story by Figment user SM Rosenberg (Samrite), How to Grow Your Very Own Nerd. Check out the video of the reading below!
Michael Hitchcock, who you may know from his mockumentary stints in Waiting for Guffman and Best in Show (and who you may not know is a writer for Glee!), read a collection of poems from Figment user Joshua “LF” Mitchell, including Professor Lambroy’s Sculpture of Bread, Things Can be Improved, Phobias, This Poem Has a Rhyme for Orange, and I’m As Innocent (A Toddler’s Plea).
Andrea Savage, who appeared in Step Brothers and Dinner for Schmucks, and Martin Starr, who’s starred in beloved TV series Freaks and Geeks and Party Down as well as Judd Apatow favorites Superbad and Knocked Up, together read Figment user Ross Ericson‘s story, The Bureaucracy of Heroes.
Wendi McLendon-Covey, who took a hilarious star turn as Rita in Bridesmaids, read stories by two different Figment users: Cosmetically Challenged by Suzanne Beaumont and Spin the Bottle by Veronica White.
Michael Ian Black, known for his unforgettable roles on The State, Stella, and Wet Hot American Summer, read Del Taco vs. The Four Seasons by Figment user Jasmine Sankaran and Closet by Margaret Borchert.
Congratulations to all! Catch Michaela Watkins reading How to Grow Your Very Own Nerd below, and make sure to check back every day this week for a new clip from the festival!