Panic attacks might not sound like a laughing matter to you, but Sara Benincasa would claim otherwise. In her brazen tell-all Agorafabulous! Dispatches From My Bedroom, the most hair-raisingly-awkward anxiety episodes provide ample comedic fodder for the once “trembling agoraphobe” turned award-winning comedian, writer, and host of the popular podcast “Sex and Other Human Activities.” Tonight, Housing Works Bookstore Café in Soho will hold a book-launch party with the author herself, whom Kirkus Reviews heralds as “fabulously quirky and outrageous.” Snacks and open bar for the first hour, followed by performances with Sara and friends. Free entry for anyone who has ever needed a serious dose of comic relief from life’s most grueling trials, clinical and not.

Thu., Feb. 16, 7 p.m., 2012