Just voted for After Hours for the Webby Awards. This is by far my favorite internet series. The writing is fantastic and not only does every episode make me laugh, I feel like I learn something too. Fantastic!
Thanks, new friend!
For those who DON’T know, After Hours is nominated for a Webby Award for Best Writing. Every Webby award is technically (potentially) two awards. We’re in a category with four other nominees and a panel of official judges will pick their favorite. That’s the “proper” Webby, I guess, for lack of a better word.
The other thing is the Audience Choice award, which is determined entirely by you, the internet-going audience when you vote. We have previously won the Audience Choice award for Best Humor Site for the last two years.
This is the first time After Hours (and Cracked Video) has gotten some legitimate recognition. After Hours has always done well in terms of traffic and our audience likes it, and those are to be clear the only metrics that ACTUALLY matter, but it’s still nice to be included in categories like this, because it means the industry-at-large is at the very least aware of us. It’s also a nomination that specifically calls out the writing, which is pleasant.
Again, awards don’t actually mean anything. We didn’t make this show to win an award and go to a party, we made it because we like talking about Back to the Future. Winning or not winning an award will in no way impact the future of After Hours; we’ll keep making them as long as you keep liking them. If you’ve got a lot of running around to do today or if you, like me, hate signing in/signing up for things, don’t worry about it. But if you happen to have some free time, vote for After Hours to win the Audience Choice Webby for writing, if you think we’ve earned it.
Hello! I'm a middle-aged woman and so just miles out of what I imagine is Cracked's target demo. But, as an editor and 20-year publishing vet, I love good writing wherever it appears. So I ordered your book, but confess I felt unsure whether the writing I've enjoyed on Cracked would work as well in a longer format. So this is just to say that my uncertainty was unfounded; the book is a delight, and I've ordered a copy for my history-buff best friend. Congratulations -- to you and your editor!
My editor is Suzanne O’Neill and she’s absolutely fantastic, but lots of credit also goes to my agent, Byrd Leavell. I’ve heard of agents that only show up at the proposal and release stage of a book’s life, and Byrd is absolutely NOT that kind of agent. He was around every step of the way through the writing of this thing and always available to give notes and advice. He has incredibly sharp comedic/literary instincts. It’s a shame he’s a fancy agent, because I imagine he could be a fantastic and hilarious writer.
Are you going to be attending any conventions anytime soon? I'm trying to make it my mission to see you, Katie and Michael, since I already saw and took a photo with Soren last year during Comikaze Expo. I think you guys are pretty darn coolio and would love to meet you guys, maybe at WonderCon or Anime Expo? Comikaze Expo even? <3
I’ll be at the Arkansas Literary Festival at the end of April doing some kind of panel and otherwise just being around Little Rock. Then I’ll (probably) be at Just For Laughs in Montreal this year and Comikaze again.
Hi, I'm the girl who asked for your autograph at Westside and stood around in total silence like an idiot while you signed a postcard. I actually thought I was going to say "I'm a big fan" and "Agents of Cracked is awesome" and "I want to write for Cracked someday" but I'm one of those people who can't speak a human language when they're nervous. Sorry if I came off like some weird creepy asshole!
Your name was Kitty! I hope you’re having a good day.
Do you know Emma Koenig? And if so do you know her brother Ezra Koenig i.e the singer from Vampire Weekend which you referenced in Romcom. If you two are friends then I'll be happy, so no pressure
I do know Emma but I’ve not met Ezra whom I assume is pleasant. I wish I could say I wrote the Vampire Weekend bits into the first episode of Rom.Com as an Easter Egg of some kind— a reference that would serve as a reward to people who consumed literally everything Cracked and Cracked-affiliated— but I picked Vampire Weekend because I thought it would be a funny choice. Not that I think Vampire Weekend is an inherently funny band (I actually like them a bunch), it just seemed funny to me that there was one thing this seemingly perfect couple disagreed on, and it happened to be their feelings towards a band. And I picked Vampire Weekend (true story, I spent hours staring at a long list of bands trying to determine which one was the funniest choice).
Driving home today I thought “I bet Patrick Stewart would look sexy as fuck in a dress,” which isn’t the kind of thought I normally have but hey who am I to tell my thoughts what they can and can’t be. Then I went home and Googled “Patrick Stewart in a dress” and couldn’t find any results and now I’m shocked and bummed.
DOB! Please tell me there will be more ROM. com. Great, fun characters, excellent writing, hilarious, and with a deep well of potential humour. Loving the cracked studios stuff - really excellent. Congrats!
Thanks! The best way to keep Rom.Com going is to share it with all your friends and build up the views. That’s sort of the beauty of the new Cracked Studios experiment; we will keep trying stuff until we find something that our audience wants. I love Rom.Com and have a hundred new episodes I’d like to try out, but I don’t NEED to and I won’t if I feel like the audience isn’t into it. That would be selfish and silly. It’s the internet; we are slaves to the audience here.
Well since you're open for dating questions...how do you and your girlfriend maintain a long distance relationship? That seems impossible and I am very impressed.
I wouldn’t call what Jackson and I have “long distance,” though it certainly feels that way when I’m at work. I also wouldn’t call him my “girlfriend,” but that’s because we don’t like using labels and because he’s a boy dog.
But to answer your question, honesty, communication, laughter, surprises and treats.
“What O’Brien has done with “How To Fight Presidents” is strike that ideal balance between educational and entertaining. Every single one of our Presidents has had his own eccentricities; O’Brien exploits those eccentricities to great effect. Not to mention the fact that even someone relatively well-versed in American history is going to find the occasional previously-unknown tidbit here. And the juxtaposition of these biographical capsules with the notion of actually fighting these men is simply brilliant. It’s a quick, breezy read that offers plenty of laughs and more than a few surprising learning moments.”—From the Maine Edge review of How to Fight Presidents.
How important do you think it is that a couple share common interests - for example, being able to geek out over tv shows/books/movies/pop culture? I went a few dates with a guy and he was good looking and nice enough but he could not care less about that sort of stuff. I think you can probably understand caring about that stuff maybe even too much - so it just felt like we had nothing in common. Ugh. Dating is hard.
You were wise to come to me for dating advice. The most important thing in a relationship is communication (I’ve expanded on this point in chapters six and seven in my new book How to Fight Presidents, available everywhere books are sold). The SECOND most important thing in a relationship is making sure your genitals fit in a way that is pleasing to you (both). Also your dog needs to like this person, that’s important, and if you don’t have a dog break up with whomever you’re dating and adopt a dog and then realize you don’t need anyone because your dog was the soulmate you were looking for this whole time.
“What do you want left after you when you die? Do you want a Great Big Marble monument that reads GEORGE WALLCE— HE BUILT?… Or do you want a little piece of scrawny pine board lying across that harsh, caliche soil that reads GEORGE WALLACE— HE HATED?”—Lyndon Johnson, calling on George Wallace to persuade Alabama registrars to give blacks the vote and sounding like a freaking poet when he does it. Find more interesting facts and badass quotes (in that same conversation, Johnson says “Don’t shit me” when Wallace claims to hold no influence over his voters) in my new book, How to Fight Presidents.
Will I be able to enjoy your book even if I'm not particularly interested in American Presidents? Seriously, the topic doesn't appeal to me that much but I'm thinking of buying it anyway because I think your writing is fantastic.
I won’t lie to you; you’re going to love this book. I didn’t write it for Presidential buffs or fans of history or even fans of my writing. I wrote it just for you. I want you to read it and smile and look at me with new eyes. That’s all.
Having just finished How to Fight Presidents, the only emotional response I'm able to conjure is an intense yearning need to hear you read it. Make an audiobook so I can buy my first ever audiobook and give you more of my money?
i have always been very curious as to how long it takes to write a book from initial conception to complete product. I know its all subjective, but how long did it take for you with this project?
It’s hard to say. Crown Publishing agreed to publish the book and asked me what kind of deadline I wanted and I said “I can write this book in 9 months.” That’s a weird timeline for a number of reasons:
-It Was Intentionally Short: Crown would be happy to give me ANY amount of time, they just wanted the thing to be good. They didn’t impose a deadline; I did. I wanted the book to come out as soon as possible, because I’m used to the internet, where you write a thing and then it exists, and then you can move on. So I promised to write it as soon as I thought was physically possible because I wanted the time between me saying “I’m writing a book!” and “You can buy my book!” to be as short as possible.
-Nine Months is Misleading: That’s the timeline I gave Crown, but I’ve been reading and writing about presidents since 2007. That timeline was specific to the physical writing of the book but didn’t factor in the previous years of research that went into it. I could not have written this book in nine months had I not spent several years researching, for free, alone.
-Deadlines: I set a deadline for this book because it was clearly mapped out: I knew it was nonfiction, I knew I was going to cover every president, and I knew how long I wanted the chapters to be. I couldn’t possible come up with a reasonable timeline for, say, a novel, because I have less control over fiction.
Is there any chance that you'll be doing a book signing tour? (I have no idea how book tours work, I just know I go to them.) I'm a long-time fan from the San Francisco area and have desperately wanted to meet you for years, so it would make my fucking life to meet you/get the (fantastically hilarious) book signed.
As of right now, I’ll be in Little Rock, Arkansas at the end of April and a Barnes and Noble in Santa Monica, California in late May. Happy to pick up signing/speaking/pimping opportunities where and when ever, but that’s the only stuff so far.
This has been bothering me for like an hour: Is DOB pronounced like GOB ('dobe')? Is it just a regular abbreviation? Does everyone know this already and I'm just late to the game? Will Goku ever defeat Frieza?
Growing up I wanted to be 2 things: a comedy writer, and an astronaut. Neither has been achieved, but one is a little more w/in reach than the other (spoiler alert: its the astronaut). My senior year of high school I stumbled upon Cracked and really felt connected to your writing in particular. Now in my senior year of college I have done some improv and writing classes and feel empowered to write. I am just as excited for your book as your writing reminded me of my childhood dream, so thank you
Thanks for those incredibly kind words and good luck on all of your writing, comedy and space business. It looks like you had dreams when you were a kid that you will one day achieve, and that will be amazing. When I was a kid, I dreamed of being either the guy who shakes paint at Home Depot or that I would take over for Bob Saget as host of America’s Funniest Home Videos. I missed both of my childhood dreams but still ended up with a pretty amazing life.
Hear that kids? Achieve your dreams or don’t; everything will still be fine!
“'How to Fight Presidents?' Like physically? Why would anyone need to know that?”—
-A Barnes & Noble cashier, to me, today.
But it doesn’t matter because I GOT TO WALK INTO A STORE AND BUY MY BOOK BECAUSE IT WAS ON A SHELF in the “History” section which is, frankly, VERY irresponsible and then after that I BOUGHT SHOES which is unrelated I’m just really bad about buying shoes like I always think WHY SHOULD I BUY SHOES because like I already HAVE SHOES but most of my shoes have HOLES now so I bit the bullet and BOUGHT SOME SHOES that PROBABLY SOMEONE’S BABY MADE or whatever but it’s fine I’m pretty DELIRIOUS RIGHT NOW and I still have to wave this book at this foxy coffee shop barista I see everyday and say ‘I took all the words I know and put them in an order that I hope makes you love me but if not that’s fine I have other word-arrangements I could try out on you large iced-coffee to go please, as well, also.’