Ellis Weiner

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Ellis Weiner (born 31 October 1950) is an author and humorist who has previously worked as an editor of National Lampoon[1] and a columnist for Spy Magazine. His humor has also appeared in The New Yorker , Paris Review, and The New York Times Magazine.

Weiner was raised in Pikesville, Maryland. He attended Wellwood Elementary School, Sudbrook Junior High, Pikesville High School and the University of Pennsylvania. In college, he played drums and sang in a rock band called Droylesden Wake.

His first produced work was the 1967 Pikesville High Junior Play, an original parody using music from H.M.S. Pinafore and other Gilbert and Sullivan operas.

Weiner was a split end in the Development Football League from 1961 to 1964 with the Summit Park Colts Association (SPCA).

He works regularly as an editor and ghostwriter for Kevin Anderson & Associates Inc.[2]



  • National Lampoon's Doon (1984)
  • Howard the Duck (novelization of the film)
  • The Joy of Worry
  • Letters from Cicely
  • Drop Dead, My Lovely
  • The Big Boat to Bye-Bye
  • The Northern Exposure Cookbook: A Community Cookbook from the Heart of the Alaskan Riviera
  • The Great Muppet Caper!: The Making of the Masterpiece (mock behind-the-scenes book about the film The Great Muppet Caper)
  • Decade of the Year (a collection of humorous essays)
  • Santa Lives!: Five Conclusive Arguments for the Existence of Santa Claus
  • The Templeton Twins Have an Idea
  • Oy! Do This, Not That!

With Barbara Davilman[edit]

  • Yiddish With Dick and Jane
  • Yiddish With George and Laura
  • How to Raise a Jewish Dog
  • How to Profit From the Coming Rapture
  • Arffirmations: Meditations for Your Dog
  • CATechisms: Fundamentals of Feline Faith
  • The Big Jewish Book for Jews



  1. ^ Minzesheimer, Bob (December 4, 2007). "'Christmas Letters From Hell' says it all". USA Today. Retrieved August 10, 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Meet the Team - Ghostwriting, Editing, and Publishing Services". ka-writing.com. Retrieved November 3, 2016.