Sherwin in 2009
|Born||July 1, 1980|
East Cleveland, Ohio, United States
|Alma mater||Brandeis University|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
Zach Sherwin (born July 1, 1980) is an American comedian, rapper, writer, and actor best known for writing for and performing in the Epic Rap Battles of History YouTube series, as well as writing for Crazy Ex-Girlfriend on The CW. He specializes in comedic rap. He previously performed with The Late Night Players, and under the stage name MC Mr. Napkins.
Early life and education
He attended college at Brandeis University and graduated in 2002. At Brandeis, Sherwin became an Ethics Center Student Fellow (known as the Sorensen Fellowship since 2009) while interning at Ikamva Labantu in Cape Town, South Africa. While in college, Sherwin started a sketch comedy group, The Late Night Players. His fellow members included Andrew Slack and Seth Reibstein, founders of the Harry Potter Alliance, and Aaron Kagan.
Sherwin continued to perform with The Late Night Players after graduating from Brandeis until the group's dissolution in 2007. The group was the subject of a documentary directed by Joshua Goren which screened at the November 2006 New York International Independent Film and Video Festival.
Sherwin began to perform solo as MC Mr. Napkins in Boston from 2007 until giving up the name completely in 2013 in a video posted to his YouTube channel. As a solo comedian, Sherwin has performed multiple times at The Knitting Factory. He has appeared in multiple shows at UCB. Sherwin appeared on the debut episode of Cameron Esposito's ASpecialThing-produced stand-up comedy podcast Put Your Hands Together.
Sherwin was one of the original performers involved with the Epic Rap Battles of History YouTube series. As of December 2016, he has appeared in ten episodes, having portrayed Albert Einstein, Emmett Brown, Sherlock Holmes, Ebenezer Scrooge, Stephen King, Wayne Gretzky, Egon Spengler, Voltaire, Walt Disney, and Alexander the Great. Along with co-creators Peter Shukoff and Lloyd Ahlquist, Sherwin has acted in, and written for, episodes in every season of the series. In 2014, Epic Rap Battles of History won a Streamy Award for Best Writing. In 2015, the series was nominated for the same award. In 2016, the series was nominated for Streamy Awards for Best Collaboration and Best Writing.
Since 2015, Zach Sherwin has written for the CW series Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. He co-wrote the songs "JAP Battle", "JAP Battle (Reprise)", "I Give Good Parent", and "So Maternal". The first season of the series was nominated for multiple awards and holds a 96% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Sherwin writes, produces, and hosts a series of live crossword puzzle comedy shows entitled "The Crossword Show", in which three panelists race to solve a crossword puzzle on stage. The shows include comedy raps, videos, and humorous facts prepared for each clue. The format is similar to NPR's Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!. Notable guest solvers have included Mayim Bialik, Pete Holmes, Rachel Bloom, Lisa Loeb, Josh Gondelman, and Aparna Nancherla.
|The Album (as MC Mr. Napkins)||
|Songs You Need To See The Video For||
|2011–present||Epic Rap Battles of History||Writer, various roles||Acted in 10 episodes|
|2013||Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell||Himself||1 episode (S01E26)|
|2013||Dis Raps For Hire||Himself||1 episode (S02E03 "Nelson, Mark, Steven and Lucas")|
|2014||The Pete Holmes Show||Himself||1 episode (S01E64 May 8, 2014)|
|2016||America's Got Talent||Himself|
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- Sherwin, Zach (July 31, 2019). "Zach Sherwin's Live Jew-ish Crossword/Rap Shows". The Jewish Journal (Interview). Interviewed by Esther D. Kustanowitz. TRIBE Media Corp. Retrieved October 24, 2019.
- "Internships in Africa". International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life at Brandeis University. Retrieved October 18, 2016.
- "URI Hillel to bring Late Night Players comedy troupe to campus". University of Rhode Island. September 14, 2006. Retrieved October 28, 2016.
- "3 Screens Schedule NY November 2006". New York International Independent Film and Video Festival. Archived from the original on August 9, 2010. Retrieved October 18, 2016.
- Zach Sherwin (writer and performer) (July 1, 2013). Stage Name. Retrieved October 18, 2016.
- "This Sunday Night 5/1/11 @ Comedy At The Knitting Factory". The Knitting Factory. April 26, 2011.
- "This Sunday Night". The Knitting Factory. February 8, 2013. Retrieved October 28, 2016.
- "Undefined - A Variety Show". Upright Citizens Brigade. Retrieved October 28, 2016.
- "If You Build It: A Stand-Up Comedy Show". Upright Citizens Brigade. Retrieved October 28, 2016.
- Julie Seabaugh (January 7, 2013). "Put Your Hands Together Debuts Tomorrow, Filling the Spot of Beloved UCB Stand-up Show Comedy Bang! Bang!". LA Weekly. Retrieved October 28, 2016.
- Lior Zaltzman (March 1, 2016). "'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' Brings You the Best Jewish Rap Battle Ever". The Forward. Retrieved October 28, 2016.
- Devon Ivie (April 15, 2016). "Rachel Bloom Tells the Stories Behind 8 Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Songs". Vulture.com. New York Magazine. Retrieved October 28, 2016.
- "Crazy Ex-girlfriend: Season 1 (2015)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved October 10, 2015.