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LA, Ep. 44

May 18, 2016 — To smarten up and hilarify May, Literary Death Match returned to our LA home at Largo at the Coronet for a sharp-minded night of brilliance, literary spectacle and belly laughs that ended with Jen Kirkman beating out Melissa Chadburn in a tightly-contested Lone Star Lit II finale to win Kirkman the LDM LA, Ep. 44 crown.

Here's the night's full lineup:

Literary Merit: Percival Everett
, multi-award-winning author of I Am Not Sidney Poitier & Erasure
Timothy Simons, Screen Actors Guild Award-nominated actor featured in Veep
Intangibles: Natasha Lyonne
, Emmy-nominated actress from Orange is the New Black and American Pie
Super-Intangibles: Jake Weisman, comedian (TimeOut 2016 Comedian to Watch); member of the sketch group Women

* Jen Kirkman
, comedian I’m Gonna Die Alone (And I Feel Fine) on Netflix, and best-selling author of I Can Barely Take Care of Myself and the all-new I Know What I'm Doing — and Other Lies I Tell Myself
Jensen Karp, former rapper (Hot Karl), gallery owner and author of Kanye West Owes Me $300: And Other True Stories from a White Rapper Who Almost Made it Big
* David L. Ulin,
California Book Award and 2015 Guggenheim Fellow-winning author of Sidewalking: Coming to Terms with Los Angeles and the novella Labyrinth
* Melissa Chadburn, community editor for The Economic Hardship Reporting Project; her debut novel, A Tiny Upward Shove, is forthcoming in Spring 2017

Hosted by LDM creator Adrian Todd Zuniga