Not Quite a Genius is in stores now!

Available at: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, BAM!, indie bound, Tattered Cover, Book Soup, Powell's

Read The New York Times review here.

From the jacket:

"Nate Dern’s razor-sharp eye examines modern society and technology, man buns, dating apps, and juicing crazes. Anyone who’s ever scrunched their eyes at WiFi Terms & Conditions, listened to the reasons that led a vegetarian to give up meat, or looked on at horror at the evolving audacity of reality TV will appreciate Dern’s wicked and funny take on modern life."


"Nate Dern is funny. Officially. He works for a company with the word 'funny' in its name. But the most moving parts of the book are those filled with — I have no better way to say this — heart. I found myself most affected by the pieces that didn’t even try to be humorous, or did so only fleetingly and rarely with any early indication of the tough subject matter they’d be addressing." - Baratunde Thurston, The New York Times

"Nate Dern’s brain is a VitaMix that chops up Kafka, the Internet, Republicans and thousands of other cultural ingredients and blends them into hilarious little treats. The results are not just funnywhich they arebut they’re even kind of profound. Highly recommended reading for those hungry for surprise."A.J. Jacobs, New York Times bestselling author of The Know-it-All and Drop Dead Healthy

“Nate is one of those writers and performers that is constantly morphing and changing, always impressing and exceeding my expectations. His book is no differentyou never know where it's going to go next, what genre, what format, what unique new take on an old idea. It's a breath of fresh air that you can eat up bit by bit or all at once like a huge hoagie. His book is, in a lot of ways, like a really wonderful sandwich."Abbi Jacobson, co-creator and star of Comedy Central’s Broad City

NATE DERN is a writer / actor / director / sociologist. He is the Head of Creative for Comedy Central's Creator Program. Previously Senior Writer at Funny Or Die and the Artistic Director of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York City. He appeared in the Paolo Sorrentino film Youth and in the TV shows Boardwalk Empire and Gossip Girl. His writing has been published by The New Yorker,  The Atlantic, The New York Times, McSweeney's, Outside, Vice, New York Magazine, and others. "Not Quite a Genius" is his first book.

 photo by Mindy Tucker

photo by Mindy Tucker

Not Quite a Genius is available as an audiobook and I did the narration myself! 

Here's a preview:

Audiobook available now on Audible and iTunes!

Classic Cars of the Future

I star in this series from Funny Or Die made by Adriana Robles and Hannah Levy. The premise is that I’m a car collector from the future collecting classic cars of the past that are actually just the regular ass cars of today.

Every Damn Sketch Show - web series on Comedy Central

Check out this multi-part episodic sketch series about what is like behind the scenes at Comedy Central making digital content for the internet. As you might expect, things get wacky.

The Reason Nobody Likes You

I wrote/directed this dark sci-fi sketch for Funny Or Die. Featuring Brian Jordan Alvarez, Stephanie Koenig, Diego Boneta, and David Bernon.

The Handman's Tale (Parody Of Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale)

I act in this video for Funny Or Die written by the talented Hannah Levy & Adriana Robles.

The Reason You Haven't Had Sex In So Long

I wrote/directed this video for Funny Or Die, featuring Patrick Warburton (Seinfeld, The Tick). 

Mr. Student Body President - go90 narrative series

I wrote for this great go90 narrative series called Mr. Student Body President starring Jeremy Shada (Adventure Time) that you can watch online:

How Many Farts Measure a Life? - short film

How Many Farts Measure a Life? is a darkly comedic short film about a self-obsessed millennial who chokes to death on a pizza crust and then in heaven meets an angel who presents her with a book that has all of the statistics from her life.

Official selection of the 2016 All Shorts Irvington Film Festival and the 2016 San Francisco Indie Fest Another Hole In The Head Film Festival.

Written/directed/edited by Nate Dern. Based on a short story from his book Not Quite a Genius. 

Starring: Natasha Vaynblat, Jo Firestone, Chet Siegel, Aaron Jackson, Sebastian Conelli, Carrie McCrossen, Caroline Martin



This Is a Dream and I'm Going to Kill You - short film

This Is a Dream and I'm Going to Kill You is a surrealist short film that explores a simple conversation that happens in bed between a couple: she tells him that this is a dream and that she is going to kill him, but because it is a dream, he doesn't need to worry about it. 

Official selection of the 2016 Indie Horror Film Festival.

Written/directed/edited by Nate Dern. Based on a short story from his book Not Quite a Genius. 

Starring: Sunita Mani and Anthony Apruzzese. 

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