Funny or Die Writer Lands Book Deal

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Nate Dern

Upright Citizens Brigade alum Nate Dern's collection of comedic essays will be published in 2016.

Funny or Die head news writer Nate Dern’s collection of comedic essays, In Case of Fire, Use Stairs: And Other Plans That Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time, will be published by Simon & Schuster in 2016.

Essays in the book will include “Walt Whitman, Spin Class Instructor,” “How to Explain What 'Merger' Means to Your Child" and "Conversation with the First Computer To Pass the Turing Test.”

Dern is also the former artistic director of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York. Dern wrote and directed the Funny or Die video “10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Man,” which has racked up more than 11 million views since it was released in 2014.

Dern has appeared on Beauty and the Geek and VH1's Best Week Ever, and his writing has been published in McSweeney’s. He’s also a Ph.D. candidate at Columbia University (his dissertation: “Adults at Play: Gender Stereotypes in Improv Comedy”).

Dern joins comedian Aziz Ansari, who secured a $3.5 million book deal with Penguin Press in 2013, and a slew of other comedians and comedy writers who have recently published, including Lena Dunham, Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Mindy KalingJudy Greer and B.J. Novak.

Dern was represented in the deal by Rob Weisbach of Rob Weisbach Creative Management. Dern is also repped by Cory Richman at Liebman Entertainment. Senior editor Ben Loehnen acquired the book for Simon & Schuster.

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