Literary Death Match

Literary Death Match

Called “the most entertaining reading series ever” by the Los Angeles Times, Literary Death Match features four authors, three all-star judges, two finalists, and one epic finale. Now in 57 cities worldwide, this wild live show has been optioned for TV and returns to the Hammer for its annual summer spectacular.


Literary Merit: Jerry Stahl, best-selling author of Permanent MidnightI, Fatty and the all-new OG Dad
Performance: Jon Cryer, actor (Two and a Half Men, Pretty in Pink) and author of So That Happened 
Intangibles: Mary Elizabeth Ellis, actor (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and the upcoming sitcom The Grinder with Rob Lowe)


Amelia Gray, author of the all-new GutshotMuseum of the Weird, and the PEN/Faulkner finalist Threats

Jillian Lauren, best-selling author of Some GirlsPretty and the all-new Everything You Ever Wanted

Liana Maeby, debut author of South on Highland

Sarah Tomlinson, journalist, and debut memoirist of Good Girl


Location: Billy Wilder Theater
Ticketing: Tickets are required and available at the Box Office one hour before the program. General admission tickets are available one per person on a first come, first served basis following member ticketing. Early arrival is recommended.
Member Benefit: Members receive priority ticketing (until 15 minutes before the program) by skipping the general admission line and can choose their seats, subject to availability.
Parking: Under the museum, $6 flat rate after 6 p.m. Cash only. 

Food and drink may not be carried into the Billy Wilder Theater. Read our food, bag check, and photo policies.

All Hammer public programs are free and made possible by a major gift from the Dream Fund at UCLA. 

Generous support is also provided by Susan Bay Nimoy and Leonard Nimoy, Good Works Foundation and Laura Donnelley, an anonymous donor, and all Hammer members. 

The Hammer’s digital presentation of its public programs is made possible by the Billy and Audrey L. Wilder Foundation.

Photo by Jason Gutierrez