Wed, 05/29/2024 - 7:15pm to 9:30pm

The Den Theatre today announced that Paul Scheer is coming to The Heath Mainstage in May. The Den Theatre is located at 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood. Tickets are now on sale at or by calling (773) 697-3830.

Paul Scheer Book Release Party with Adam Pally

Wednesday, May 29, 2024 at 7:15 p.m.

Tickets: $32 - $53


By Paul Scheer

“Over the course of the past decade, some anecdotes about my childhood have come out in articles, podcasts, and talk shows, and the response frequently is ‘You should write a book.’ But I’ve always hesitated, because I knew that if I was going to, I’d need to tell the full story—something I wasn’t sure I was ready for. You want a funny anecdote, you got it. But really exposing the truth behind those anecdotes is something I’m anxious about doing. These are stories that only a handful of people actually know So for the first time.  I think some of them might surprise you as much as they surprised me.”

– excerpt from Joyful Recollections of Trauma

Award-winning actor, podcaster, and comedian Paul Scheer has entertained countless fans and podcast listeners with stories about the odd, wild, and absurd details of his life. Yet these tales have pointed to deeper, more difficult truths that the actor and comedian has kept to himself. Now, he is finally ready to share those truths for the first time—but, of course, with a healthy dose of humor.

Blending the confident, affable voice that has won him a dedicated following with a refreshing level of candor, JOYFUL RECOLLECTIONS OF TRAUMA (on sale May 21, 2024; $29.99; HarperOne) chronicles Paul’s often shocking, admittedly tumultuous childhood and how the experiences of his youth have reverberated throughout his life. In his comedy, Paul has always been unafraid to “go there,” to play naïve, cringeworthy characters, imbuing them with disarming charm and humanity. That daring openness is on display in the pages of this memoir, but in true Paul fashion, it is also surprising, eye-opening, and side-splitting.

In this madcap journey through the inner working of his mind and creative process, Paul Scheer demonstrates once again that the truth is often stranger—and funnier—than fiction. Joyful Recollections of Trauma offers a unique perspective on universal themes: growing up, working through a challenging childhood, staying true to yourself, and finding success, fulfillment, and happiness in often strange and difficult circumstances. Throughout, Paul shares both the hard-fought lessons and the laughter that can be found in the darkest parts of life, and reminds us that what matters is not what you’ve been through but who you are becoming.

Paul Scheer is a Screen Actors’ Guild Award-winning comedian, actor, filmmaker, and podcaster known for his roles in The League, Black Monday, Fresh off the Boat, 30 Rock, and Veep. He also co-created and starred in Human Giant and NTSF:SD:SUV. He writes comics for Marvel and DC and can be heard on Big City Greens & Star Trek: Lower Decks. He hosts the popular and multi award winning podcasts How Did This Get Made? and Unspooled. He can next be seen in the upcoming Knuckles, mini series event on Paramount+ (April 26th). He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two sons.

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HarperOne | May 21, 2024 |$29.99

ISBN: 9780063293717 | Audio ISBN: 9780063293748

HarperCollins’s HarperOne imprint is committed to publishing the most important books across the full spectrum of religion, spirituality, health, personal growth, social change, relationships, and creativity, adding to the wealth of the world’s wisdom by stirring the waters of reflection on the primary questions of life and inspiring readers to make change, both inside and out.

Advance Praise for JOYFUL RECOLLECTIONS OF TRAUMA and Paul Scheer

"Paul Scheer delivers a deeply funny, personal and moving account of how joy and pain are the perfect ingredients for a happy and funny life."

— Amy Poehler

"I loved this deeply vulnerable book with its original style, revealing stories, and profound lessons. It made me cry with compassion but I also cried from laughter, because—true to its title—this is also a laugh-out-loud read. Don’t miss it."

— Jane Fonda

"Paul’s book is full of heart, humor and heartache. So proud to call him a friend and fellow author."

— Phoebe Robinson

"This book is a SCHEER delight!! (Note: Patton Oswalt was committed to a low-security mental help facility after writing this blurb.)”

— Patton Oswalt

"At once wildly entertaining and achingly poignant. Paul Scheer takes you on a courageous dive through the darker waters of his past, and his irrepressible spirit shines through and beckons us to join him in the light."

— Casey Wilson

"Read Paul Scheer’s JOYFUL RECOLLECTIONS OF TRAUMA for an unexpected journey where humor and heartache collide. Scheer masterfully navigates the tightrope of life's absurdities, delivering a poignant, yet uproariously funny, exploration of personal tales that resonate deeply and delight endlessly."

— Jessi Klein

"Paul Scheer is good at everything. A writer, performer, and director who’s entertained millions onscreen and in podcasts over the years, it’s almost unfair he’s also a fucking amazing memoirist, too. The stories in this book are funny and dark at the same time. Honest and true. The kind of writing that sticks with you."

— Ed Brubaker

About The Den Theatre

The Den Theatre opened in 2010 in the Wicker Park neighborhood with just a single theatre space. Now celebrating its thirteenth year, Co-owners Ryan Martin and Carol Cohen, along with their talented and dynamic staff, have developed The Den into a multi-level, live entertainment venue that boasts five intimate and unique theaters ranging from 50 – 300 seats. In addition, the first floor houses The Den Bar & Lounge – a full-service bar where audiences gather before and after performances to share a drink and commune with like-minded culture-hounds. Today, The Den is focused on providing world-class stand-up comedy and cultivating its first love – the theatre. The Den is home to four resident theatre companies including About Face Theatre, The Artistic Home, First Floor Theater and Haven. Hundreds of other companies, artists and comedians from Chicago and beyond have called The Den home – from national names to local stars, and The Den consistently plays host to a lineup of exciting and diverse talent. As a building created for interdisciplinary arts, The Den has accommodated a wide variety of programming, including plays, musicals, stand-up comedy, improv, dance, film screenings, seminars and speaking engagements. For additional information, visit

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