The Case Against Happiness, a comedy about New York, being Jewish, and family, will be performed at 7 p.m. Sunday, June 12 at the Santa Monica Playhouse main stage, 1211 Fourth St., Santa Monica.

Written and performed by Howard Smith, the play follows attorney Smith, who practices in “the courtroom of life” arguing the case that happiness is overrated, a playhouse spokesperson said.

Smith, who says he had a normal childhood and a good relationship with his parents, grew up in Queens, NY and moved to California to attend law school. A licensed attorney who also does stand-up, Smith has performed his own brand of stand-up comedy throughout California, New York and elsewhere.

He says he has been making the transition to becoming a serious actor.

The show’s creative consultant is Wendy Hammers. The Case Against Happiness is produced by Local 3 Productions

Admission is $18. Tickets can be purchased online at, or by calling (310) 394-9779 ext. 1. All proceeds benefit the Santa Monica Playhouse Save the Playhouse Campaign.