|Born||1984 (age 29–30)|
|Nationality||United States of America|
|Notable works||Saturday Night Live
Ant Farm: And Other Desperate Situations
What in God's Name
Simon Rich (born June 5, 1984) is an American humorist, novelist, and screenwriter. He has published two novels and three collections of humor pieces, several of which appeared in the New Yorker, and his novels and short stories have been translated into over a dozen languages. Rich was one of the youngest writers ever hired on Saturday Night Live and served as a staff writer for Pixar. In 2013, FX ordered a comedy pilot from Rich starring Jay Baruchel and Eric André.
- 1 Background & Career
- 2 Books
- 3 Magazines & Anthologies
- 4 Upcoming Projects
- 5 Selected Work Available Online
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Background & Career
Rich was born and raised in New York City. He attended The Dalton School and then enrolled at Harvard University where he became president of the Harvard Lampoon. His older brother is novelist and essayist Nathaniel Rich, and his parents are Gail Winston and New York Times author Frank Rich. His step-mother is New York Times reporter Alex Witchel. After graduating Harvard, Rich wrote for Saturday Night Live for four years where Rich and the staff of Saturday Night Live were nominated for the Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Variety, Music or Comedy Series three times in 2008, 2009, and 2010 and twice won the Writers Guild of America Award for Comedy/Variety Series in 2009 and 2010. Rich then departed to work as a staff writer for Pixar. In 2013 and 2014, Rich was named to Forbes' 30 Under 30 List.
Ant Farm: And Other Desperate Situations (2007)
As an undergraduate at Harvard University in 2007, Rich received a two-book contract from Random House. Rich's first book, a collection of short humor pieces entitled Ant Farm: And Other Desperate Situations was published in 2007 and was nominated for the Thurber Prize for American Humor.
Free-Range Chickens (2009)
His second collection, Free Range Chickens, was published in 2008.
Elliot Allagash: A Novel (2010)
What in God's Name: A Novel (2012)
In 2012, Rich published his second novel, What in God’s Name, which the New York Times Sunday Book Review compared to Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
The Last Girlfriend on Earth: And Other Love Stories (2013)
Rich release his third story collection of stories, The Last Girlfriend on Earth in 2013. Reception was favorable, with The Washington Post praising the book as "hilarious," declaring, "it just might be the best one-night stand you’ll ever have."
Magazines & Anthologies
Rich has written for McSweeney's, the Believer, GQ, the Guardian's Observer magazine, Mad, French Vanity Fair, UK Glamour, Italian GQ, Italian Granta, npr.com, NPR's "Selected Shorts," the Barcelona Review, and other publications. His writing has also been selected for numerous anthologies including The Best of McSweeney's, Care To Make Love In That Gross Little Space Between Cars?: A Believer Book of Advice., Disquiet, Please!: More Humor Writing from The New Yorker, The McSweeney's Book of Politics and Musicals, Humorous American Short Stories: Selections from Mark Twain to others much more recent, and I Found This Funny, edited by Judd Apatow.
Sony Pictures acquired the film rights to Rich's four-part novella Sell Out, which was originally published by the New Yorker. Seth Rogen is attached to produce.
Rich is slated to write the script based on the illustrated book Unicorn Executions, to be produced by Universal Studios.
Selected Work Available Online
Unprotected, at the New Yorker
Center of the Universe, at the New Yorker
I Love Girl, at the New Yorker
Sell Out, at the New Yorker
Guy Walks Into a Bar, at the New Yorker
- Awards for Simon Rich at the Internet Movie Database
- "Rich ’06-’07 Scores a Home Run in Debut". The Harvard Crimson. Retrieved 2007-08-07.
- De Haven, Tom (2010-05-20). "Mean Boys". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-06-01.
- Kit, Borys (2010-10-14). "Jason Reitman books rights to 'Allagash'". The Hollywood Reporter.
- "The Wisdom of Children" from The New Yorker
- "Hey, Look" from The New Yorker
- Ant Farm on Random House website
- Interview with and readings by Rich on The Sound of Young America public radio program and podcast.
- Clean Hearts and Simon Rich Interview and readings on Playing in Peoria podcast.
- CH Live: NYC - Simon Rich Stand-up comedy for CollegeHumor
- Simon Rich website Book extracts and video interview from Serpent's Tail