Raw Dog: The Naked Truth About Hot Dogs (In-Person and Streaming)

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May 31 • 7:00 pm


Part travelogue, part culinary history, all comedy—Raw Dog reveals what the creation, culture, and class influence of hot dogs says about America now. Join us for a delicious conversation with the author of Raw Dog, comedian Jamie Loftus, and Rebecca Castellani, local journalist and podcaster about the great American hot dog. You can love them, you can hate them, they’re high culture, they’re low culture, they’re sports food, they’re kids’ food, they’re hangover food, but overall, they’re deeply American. ADDED BONUS! No Pork on Dis Fork Hot Dogs will be on hand to sell hot dogs before the program!

In-Person Event: $10 non-members, $5 members. REGISTER HERE.  

Livestream: $5 non-members, free for members. REGISTER HERE.  

 Copies of Raw Dog are available for purchase through the Mark Twain Store; proceeds benefit The Mark Twain House & Museum. Books will be shipped after the event. We regret that we are NOT able to ship books outside the United States as it is cost-prohibitive to do so. 


 About the Author: Jamie Loftus is a comedian, Emmy-nominated TV writer, and podcaster. She’s worked as a staff writer on Teenage Euthanasia, Robot Chicken, and Star Trek: Lower Decks, and wrote and starred in her own web series for Comedy Central. She writes and hosts popular limited-run podcasts—“My Year In Mensa” (2019), “Lolita Podcast” (2020), “Aack Cast” (2021), and “Ghost Church” (2022)—and cohosts, with screenwriter Caitlin Durante, a podcast on the How Stuff Works Network called “the Bechdel Cast.” She has her baby teeth bronzed and loaded into a slingshot. 


About the Moderator: Rebecca Castellani is the co-founder of Quiet Corner Communications, a Connecticut-based content marketing agency serving companies around the world. She has appeared as a recurring guest on Colin McEnroe’s “The Nose” (WNPR) for close to a decade, honing her radio voice and pop-culture POV. Predictably, she also produces and co-hosts several podcasts, including MID LIT: A Podcast in Praise of Unpretentious Literature and Manifest Destiny: A Millennial Look at the American Millenium. 


Programs at The Mark Twain House & Museum are made possible in part by support from CT Humanities; the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts; Ensworth Charitable Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee; the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s United Arts Campaign; The Hartford; The Mark Twain Foundation; The National Endowment for the Humanities; and Travelers. 


May 31
7:00 pm
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