On The Avenue

Lenny, Jenni and TV Shows Aplenty?

by Kelly Laffey Photographed by Paul Bruinooge/PMC
Monday, September 18, 2017

It was Shoshanna-squared at The Jane on Friday night, as Shoshanna Gruss and Girls’ Shoshanna Shapiro celebrated the second anniversary of Lenny.

Created by Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner, Lenny is an email newsletter and website that promotes and advocates feminist ideals.

“We feel so grateful that Lenny has become a community where people can express their hopes feats and challenges and even provide some levity,” announced Dunham, who also hinted that her and Konner were working on a new, as-of-yet-to-be-announced television show.

“There’s no story that we don’t want to hear from you and we can’t believe we have the opportunity to do this for two full years,” she continued. “It’s shocking that it’s still permitted.”

The event, held in partnership with Cole Haan, celebrated the “extraordinary” women and men in attendance with a number of interactive stations, allowing guests to enjoy custom portraits, pop-up poems and personalized fragrances.

“We are so grateful to see this room full of familiar faces,” said Dunhan, a room that inlcuded Becky Ann Baker, who played Dunham’s mom Loreen Horvath in Girls. The show wrapped up its sixth and final season this year. Baker was nominated for an Emmy for best Guest Actress in a Comedy Series, one of three nominations the show garnered in 2017. Though she didn’t win on Sunday, the mood was all celebratory on Friday.

Even for men.

“It wouldn’t a be Lenny party if I didn’t make a terrible mistake that haunted me on the internet,” said Dunham after calling out Lenny CEO Benjamin Cooley with an “ad-hoc” term for being the only male on staff. 

Also in attendance were Zosia Mamet, Greta Gerwig, Edward Norton & Shauna Robertson, Ruth Wilson, Julia Stiles, Malin Akerman (Billions) & Jack Donnelly, Margarita Levieva (The Deuce), Gina Gershon, Rosie Perez, Julie Klausner (Difficult People), Betty Gilpin (Glow, Masters of Sex, Nurse Jackie), Bridget Everett (Patti Cake$, Inside Amy Schumer), Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Becky Ann Baker & Dylan Baker, Marin Ireland, Maura Tierney, Alysia Reiner (Orange is the New Black), Kathy Najimy, Sunrise Ruffalo, Todd Oldham, Jesse Peretz & Sarah Sophie Flicker, Shakina Nayfack (Difficult People), Marianna Palka (Glow), Lawrence O’Donnell, Zadie Smith, Prabal Gurung, Jenna Lyons, Cynthia Rowley, Hari Nef, Karen “Duff” Duffy Lambros, Chris Benz, Andreja Pejic, Erin Fetherston, Chloe Malle, Daniel Benedict, Timo Weiland, Christian Siriano & Brad Walsh, Kathryn Neale and Cinema Society founder Andrew Saffir.


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