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Helium Comedy Club opens at St. Louis Galleria

Tina Dybal performs during opening night of the Helium Comedy Club at the St. Louis Galleria in Richmond Heights, Mo. on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016. Photo by Jon Gitchoff

There will be an up-and-coming writer, a funny woman, other funny writers and beer Tuesday at what is being called a "very different kind of literary event." 

This "comedy mashup" brings Weike Wang  from New York to headline the event. 

Wang won both a PEN/Hemingway and Whiting Award after publication of her novel "Chemistry," a deadpan, "anti-coming-of-age" story, the New York Times said in 2017.

The MC of "Three Writers and a Comedian" is Tina Dybal of St. Louis. Dybal makes frequent appearances at the Helium Comedy Club, which called her the funniest person in St. Louis for 2018. 

The free event is organized by Boulevard and Natural Bridge literary journals in celebration of the release of their spring issues. It begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the club room of Schlafly Tap Room, 2100 Locust Street.

Boulevard magazine celebrates its 35th anniversary this year. Natural Bridge, meanwhile, put out its first edition 20 years ago this spring. 

Two local writers are also featured. One is Gabe Montesanti, who is working on a memoir of roller derby. (As an Arch Rival, she skates as Joan of Spark.)  

The other is Christopher Candice, whose essay “A Great Big Party of Disappointed People” appears in the new issue of Natural Bridge, a journal based at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

With this kind of a lineup, the event surely won't be a repeat of Candice's party.