WSHU Public Radio will feature Steve Mazan, a comedian and former writer for Ellen DeGeneres, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, in the University Commons at Sacred Heart University, 5151 Park Ave.

Mazan, who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer, will speak about his book, "Dying for Letterman: Turning Someday into Today" at a "Join the Conversation" event.

In the book, Mazan writes about his refusal to succumb to fear and depression while pursuing his dream of appearing on "The Late Show with David Letterman" and getting advice from fellow comics such as Kevin Nealon, Ray Romano and Brian Regan.

He appeared on the show in 2005, after more than four years on the comedy circuit, according to WSHU.

In addition to Letterman, Mazan, who lives in Los Angeles, has made TV appearances on "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson," "Last Comic Standing," and the cable network CNN.

He has performed for the U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan seven times.

Books and DVDs will be available for purchase, and the author will be available to sign them after the event.

Reservations are required and can be made at There is a $5 suggested donation, which will be collected at the door to benefit WSHU Public Radio.