Virtual Book Launch: Kal Penn: You Can't Be Serious

Event date: 
Friday, November 5, 2021 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
EST / Hosted by RJ Julia
via Zoom


Oblong Books is pleased to join Literati Books, Politics & Prose, RJ Julia & Watchung Booksellers for a virtual event in support of Kal Penn's YOU CAN'T BE SERIOUS.

Kal Penn will be in conversation with special guest John Cho.

Kal Penn, You Can't Be Serious in conversation with John Cho


$5 Event Access Only
$28.99 Event Access + Hardcover copy of the book. In-store pick up.
$36.99 Event Access + Hardcover copy of the book. Shipped.

You Can't Be Serious is a series of funny, consequential, awkward, and ridiculous stories from Kal's idiosyncratic life. It's about being the grandson of Gandhian freedom fighters, and the son of immigrant parents: people who came to this country with very little and went very far--and whose vision of the American dream probably never included their son sliding off an oiled-up naked woman in a raunchy Ryan Reynolds movie...or getting a phone call from Air Force One as Kal flew with the country's first Black president.

In the book, Kal demonstrates by example that no matter who you are and where you come from, you have many more choices than those presented to you. It's a story about struggle, triumph, and learning how to keep your head up. And okay, yes, it's also about how he accidentally (and very stupidly) accepted an invitation to take the entire White House Office of Public Engagement to a strip club--because, let's be honest, that's the kind of stuff you really want to hear about.

Kal Penn has played leading roles in some of the world's most-watched television shows, including How I Met Your Mother, 24, Designated Survivor, House, and more. He currently stars in the CBS series Clarice, a sequel to Silence of the Lambs, and the Disney Junior animated series Mira, Royal Detective. He was also the co-creator and star of the NBC/Universal comedy Sunnyside, and host, co-creator, and executive producer of a six-episode series in October 2020 for Disney's Freeform Channel called Kal Penn Approves This Message, aimed at entertaining and informing young voters. On the big screen, Kal has starred in movies that have collectively grossed more than a billion dollars, including the Harold and Kumar franchise, National Lampoon's Van Wilder, Superman Returns, The Namesake, and many other critically acclaimed blockbuster titles. He has also served as an Adjunct Lecturer in Sociology and Film Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, and in Sociology and Political Science at the University of California, Los Angeles. Kal has worked at the very highest levels of politics, as an Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, where he was President Obama's Liaison to Young Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and the Arts communities in America. He was born and raised in New Jersey.

John Cho is an American actor known for his roles as Harold Lee in the Harold & Kumar films, and Hikaru Sulu in the Star Trek reboot film series. Early in his career, Cho also starred in the Asian American–centered films Better Luck Tomorrow, Shopping for Fangs, and Yellow. As well as acting, Cho is also a singer and performs in the band Viva La Union.