Rainn Wilson: Quirks, Comedy & Creativity

This event has already passed Location: Horchow Auditorium

For nine seasons, Rainn Wilson made his name playing obnoxious Dwight Schrute, everyone’s favorite work nemesis and beet farmer, on the hit television series The Office. Now, he’s ready to explain how he came up with his unique sense of humor and share his socially awkward climb to stardom in his memoir, The Bassoon King: My Life in Art, Faith, and Idiocy.

Wilson describes how he grew up “bone-numbingly nerdy before there was even a modicum of cool attached to the word.” He also charts his years of mild debauchery as a young actor in New York, his many adventures and insights about The Office, and finally, his achievement of success and satisfaction, both in his career and spiritually by reconnecting with the artistic and creative values of the Bahá’í faith of his childhood.

Long celebrated for his quirky comedic talent, Wilson is also known for being a co-creator of the popular philosophy website and media company SoulPancake.com, which went on to become the bestselling book SoulPancake: Chew on Life’s Big Questions. Among many of the site’s accomplishments, SoulPancake discovered and nurtured the Internet phenomenon “Kid President.”

“As if the bassoon, xylophone and science fiction obsession wasn’t enough, I then took up an interest in chess. It’s as if the sirens of dweebdom lured me inexorably into their pimply lair, from which I never really returned.” —from The Bassoon King

VIP Experience includes priority seating and book signing access as well as a hardcover book.

Auditorium tickets are sold out for this event; however, a live video-simulcast of the event will be available in the adjacent C3 Theater with close-up shots of the actor on stage.

Simulcast ticket holders may have a chance to buy an upgraded ticket to the auditorium on a first-come, first-served basis if seats become available. On the night of the event, please check in with the Arts & Letters Live box office about seating availability. Thank you!

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VIP Public $75, VIP DMA Member $70, Public $35, DMA Member $30, Student $25; Live Simulcast $25