In the Flesh is a monthly reading series held the third Thursday of every month at the appropriately named Happy Ending Lounge, and features the city's best erotic writers sharing stories to get you hot and bothered, hosted and curated by erotic writer/editor Rachel Kramer Bussel (Best Sex Writing series, Do Not Disturb, Spanked, Dirty Girls, etc.). From erotic poetry to down and dirty smut, these authors get naked on the page and will make you lust after them and their words. Themed nights have included True Sex Confessions, Revenge of the Sex Columnists, GLBT Night, and Comedy Sex. Readers have included Laura Antoniou, Mo Beasley, Susie Bright, Lily Burana, Jessica Cutler, Stephen Elliott, Martha Garvey, Gael Greene, Andy Horwitz, Debra Hyde, Maxim Jakubowski, Josh Kilmer-Purcell, Tsaurah Litzky, Suzanne Portnoy, Sofia Quintero, M.J. Rose, Danyel Smith, Grant Stoddard, Cecilia Tan, Carol Taylor, Veronica Vera, Zane and others. In The Flesh debuted in October 2005. Contact rachelkramerbussel at for bookings, press, or questions. Click here In The Flesh: Los Angeles. “…writer and host Rachel Kramer Bussel welcomes eroticism of all stripes, spots and textures to the Happy Ending lounge on the Lower East Side.,” New York Times UrbanEye newsletter, August 15, 2007 email rachelkramerbussel at for booking or other information or interview requests

Monday, August 23, 2010

November 18 Comedy Sex Night

In The Flesh logo by Molly Crabapple

There is no RSVP requirement, but if you'd like to RSVP and/or spread the word on Facebook, click here for the November 18th In The Flesh event listing. See also the In The Flesh Reading Series fan page on Facebook.

November 18, 2010, 8:00 pm - 10 pm
(B/D to Grand, J/M/Z to Bowery, F to Delancey or F/V to 2nd Avenue,
Between Forsyth & Eldridge. Look for the hot pink awning that says "XIE HE Health Club."
Admission: Free
Happy Ending Lounge: 212-334-9676

Our popular Comedy Sex Night returns! Featuring Marty Beckerman, Sara Benincasa, Kim Brittingham, Carolyn Castiglia, Jessica Delfino, Matt Koff, Sara Schaefer and Mandy Stadtmiller. Plus special guests! Hosted by Rachel Kramer Bussel (Fast Girls, Orgasmic, Passion). 5 copies of the book Sex: Our Bodies, Our Junk and 1 copy of The Sexy Book of Sexy Sex will be given away. 100 free copies of Sexis Magazine will be distributed. Free Baked by Melissa cupcakes, candy and chips will be served. This is the countdown to the final In The Flesh December 16th so don't miss a very special night!

In the Flesh is a monthly reading series hosted at the appropriately named
Happy Ending Lounge, and features the country's best erotic writers sharing stories to get you hot and bothered, hosted and curated by acclaimed erotic writer and editor Rachel Kramer Bussel. The series was named Best Reading Series by New York Press in 2009. From erotic poetry to down and dirty smut, these authors get naked on the page and will make you lust after them and their words. Since its debut in October 2005, In the Flesh has featured such authors as Mike Albo, Laura Antoniou, Mo Beasley, Susie Bright, Lily Burana, Jessica Cutler, Mike Daisey, Stephen Elliott, Valerie Frankel, Polly Frost, Gael Greene, Andy Horwitz, Debra Hyde, Maxim Jakubowski, Emily Scarlet Kramer of CAKE, Josh Kilmer-Purcell, Edith Layton, Logan Levkoff, Suzanne Portnoy, Julie Powell, Sofia Quintero, M.J. Rose, Lauren Sanders, Danyel Smith, Grant Stoddard, Cecilia Tan, Carol Taylor, Dana Vachon, Veronica Vera, Susan Wright, Zane and many others. The series has gotten press attention from the New York Times’s UrbanEye, Daily Candy, Escape (Hong Kong), Flavorpill, The L Magazine, New York Magazine, NBC New York, New York Post, New York Observer, Philadelphia City Paper, Time Out New York, Flavorwire, Fork in the Road, Gawker, Gothamist,,, Serious Eats, Tasting Table and Wonkette, and has been praised by Dr. Ruth.

Marty Beckerman is the author of Generation S.L.U.T. and Dumbocracy. He has written for Playboy, Salon, and The Daily Beast.

Sara Benincasa is a comedian, writer and radio talk show host. Her outspoken, sexually-charged comedy has won praise from the Chicago Tribune, CNN, The Guardian, and The New York Times, among others. Sara is the host of *Get in Bed* on Cosmo Radio, the world’s #1 brand for women, every weeknight at 8PM ET (Sirius 111/XM 162). She was a citizen journalist for the 2008 MTV Choose or Lose Street Team, part of MTV’s 2008 Emmy Award-winning Think campaign. Her political blog and video news reports can be found on MTV’s social justice and activism website, ThinkMTV. During the 2008 election, Sara created a splash with her original Sarah Palin vlogs on Huffington Post's humor site, 23/6, a web series for which she won an ECNY Award and
was nominated for a Webby for best performance. Sara was also the host of's Tub Talk with Sara B, a show she has revamped into Gettin' Wet with Sara Benincasa, a series in which she interviews artists in her bathtub. Sara’s solo show, Agorafabulous, is based on her experience with panic attacks and combines the sharp hilarity that's made her a hit on the web with the nutty magnetism that's made her a rising star in the alternative-comedy scene. Sara has taken Agorafabulous to theaters across the country and to LAFF, WICF, Sketchfest, and the Norwegian Storytelling Festival in Oslo. Sara is a regular blogger for and the Comedy Central Indecision blog, and is currently working on a book based on her critically acclaimed solo show for William Morrow (a division of Harper Collins).

Kim Brittingham is reading a chapter from her memoir Read My Hips which is forthcoming from Crown in 2011. You can learn more about her, read her blog
and get in touch at

Rachel Kramer Bussel is an author, editor, blogger and reading series host. She is Senior Editor at Penthouse Variations and a former sex columnist for The Village Voice. She’s edited over 30 anthologies, including the kink-themed Spanked, Bottoms Up, Yes, Sir, Yes, Ma'am, He's on Top, She's on Top, Rubber Sex as well as Fast Girls, Orgasmic, Peep Show, The Mile High Club: Plane Sex Stories, Do Not Disturb: Hotel Sex Stories, Tasting Him, Tasting Her, and the non-fiction Best Sex Writing series. Her books won 3 2009 Independent Publisher Awards. Her writing been published in publications such as Clean Sheets, Cosmopolitan, The Daily Beast, Fresh Yarn, Huffington Post, Mediabistro, Newsday, New York Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Tango, The Village Voice, and Time Out New York, and in over 100 anthologies, including Best American Erotica 2004 and 2006. Rachel conducts nationwide readings and erotic writing workshops. She has hosted In The Flesh since October 2005.

photo by Anya Garrett

Carolyn Castiglia has appeared on Comedy Central, VH1, MTV, NBC and Nick-at-Nite. She's an ECNY Award nominated stand-up and musical comedian best known for her funny freestyle, which has won her numerous championships at UCB's The BEATdown. Carolyn's voice has been heard by millions on YouTube in the Key of Awesome parodies Telephone (as Beyonce) and Bieber Fever (as Justin Bieber). KOA's Telephone parody was featured in two issues of Entertainment Weekly. Her solo show Brown Ambition premiered at Ars Nova theatre in February 2009. It went on to run Off-Broadway at 59E59 and played for a month at the 2009 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Three Weeks said, "Carolyn Castiglia was the funniest female comedian I've seen at the fringe." Her writing has appeared in Life & Style magazine,, and she blogs daily for Babble, a parenting site recently voted one of Time magazine's 50 Best Websites.

Jessica Delfino has been publicly denounced by the Catholic League for her dirty folk music, praised by Thurston Moore, Michael Musto and other VIPS (or very important pens) and travels the world singing songs about vaginas. However, tonight, she will read you a totally true tale from her sexual repertoire. Visit her online at or google her all night long.

Matt Koff is a writer/comedian who has lived in most boroughs that are not Manhattan. He is a contributing writer for the Onion News Network, as well as the Onion Sports Network television show which debuts next year on Comedy Central. He co-writes and voice acts in the barely-animated webseries 9 AM Meeting ( In his spare time, he enjoys listening to Charles Mingus records, eating pound cake, and ruminating on how his best days are likely behind him.

Sara Schaefer is the head blogger for Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, for which she won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Creative Achievement for Interactive Media in both 2009 and 2010. Prior to joining Late Night she was an editor for and hosted AOL’s on-line show, The DL. She has been featured in New York Magazine, Backstage and The New York Post, and has appeared on Vh1, E!, and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. She regularly performs all over New York City.

Mandy Stadtmiller is a comedian and an entertainment writer for The New York Post, the fifth largest newspaper in the country. She’s won the title of Funniest Reporter in New York and placed in the semi-finals of the Funniest Stand-Up in New York. In 2010, she went undercover as a client to hire the nation’s first legal male prostitute. Published in the Rejected anthology which Publishers Weekly noted as “remarkable” and highlighted her contribution, Stadtmiller has contributed to Playgirl, The LA Times, The Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel and Comedy Central as a featured comedian blogger. Her TV appearances include The Insider, Howard Stern TV, The Joy Behar Show, Fuse’s Ten Great Reasons, FOX’s Good Day New York, Fox’s Red Eye, VH1’s Rockumentaries and NBC-LX.


5 copies of Sex: Our Bodies, Our Junk by the Association for the Betterment of Sex

1 copy of The Sexy Book of Sexy Sex by Kristen Schaal and Rich Blomquist

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