Here are some not-comedy things I've done/do:

  • Author: Co-author of REWORK (NY Times bestseller that's sorta a Zen self-help business book with lots of drawings), Getting Real, and Defensive Design for the Web. Basically, I worked with smart people and translated their ideas so that dumb people could understand them. Now I frequently write essays at Medium (see below).
  • Music: Singer/songwriter/guitarist in Plastics Hi-Fi, Ruby Lament, and solo. I fronted a rock band in Chicago and then put out solo stuff and then got tired of lugging gear around.
  • Technology: Formerly employee #1 at 37signals (now Basecamp). I was designer-turned-media-guy for 10+ years there. Now I only care about apps if they leave me alone.
  • Photography: Travel shots and portraits at Flickr. And I live in Brooklyn, so I take photos of expensive coffee and sunsets and shit like that on Instagram.

Some essays I've written:

What I’ve Learned From 10 Years of Doing Standup Comedy
Jokes, Jews, jealousy, and the journey of being a comedian in New York City

The Things That Matter When You Die
Watching my father pass away taught me a lot about how to live

The Story of Ziva
My mom lived a life that I only found out about later

Welcome to the Jungle
My first journey on Ayahuasca/meeting the Dirt Mother Goddess

Do you want to see my Grandma’s lingerie?
How a blanket changed the way I view my grandmother

Ten Lessons from Standup Comedy That Will Make You a Better Speaker
How thinking like a comedian can help you win over a room

“Side Hustle” as a Sign of the Apocalypse
Uber and Seamless ads reveal how Silicon Valley is screwing us