In a controversy fueled by Gawker, Dunham does not pay the seven performers she hand-picked to “warm-up” the crowd for her 11-city book tour. To enliven her book tour, the actor-cum-writer chose from among 600 applicants who applied online to perform for her tour. Gawker claims that since she is expected to make $304,000 in ticket sale revenue alone, she should compensate her performers who willingly signed up for the act knowing it would be pro bono.
The fact that Gawker pointed this out really proves Judd Apatow's saying that "a good note can come from anywhere."
— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) September 29, 2014