Mike Sacks

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Mike Sacks
Alma materTulane University
Notable worksAnd Here's The Kicker,
Your Wildest Dreams, Within Reason
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Mike Sacks
Alma materTulane University
Notable worksAnd Here's The Kicker,
Your Wildest Dreams, Within Reason

Mike Sacks is an American author, humor writer, and magazine editor based in New York City. Sacks is currently an editor at Vanity Fair and formerly worked for The Washington Post.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Sacks was born in Virginia and raised in Maryland. He attended Winston Churchill High School before attending Tulane University in New Orleans.[3]


Sacks contributes to the New Yorker, McSweeney’s, Esquire, Salon, Vanity Fair, GQ, Believer, Vice, the New York Times, and the Washington Post.[4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12] Sacks' collection of humorous photos of television shows has been featured on NPR and Gawker.[13][14] He has also been featured in The New York Post, Vanity Fair, and LA Weekly, and has appeared on BBC, CNN and NPR's Weekend Edition.[15][16][17][18][19][20]

And Here's The Kicker[edit]

Sacks’ first book, And Here’s the Kicker: Conversations with 21 Humor Writers About Their Craft, was released in Summer 2009. Some of those interviewed include: George Meyer, Harold Ramis, Al Jaffee, Buck Henry, Bob Odenkirk, Stephen Merchant, David Sedaris, Jack Handey, Robert Smigel, and Daniel Clowes.[21]

Poking a Dead Frog[edit]

His fourth book, a sequel to And Here’s the Kicker, is called Poking a Dead Frog and will be published in June 2014 by Viking/Penguin. Among those featured in Poking a Dead Frog are: Jim Downey, Terry Jones, Diablo Cody, Paul F. Tompkins, Mike Schur, Henry Beard, Megan Amram, Carol Kolb, James L. Brooks, Marc Maron, George Saunders, Alan Spencer, Amy Poehler, Adam McKay, Bill Hader, Mel Brooks, and Patton Oswalt.[22][23]

Other Writing[edit]

Sacks co-wrote Sex: Our Bodies, Our Junk, with the Pleasure Syndicate, a comedy-writing group consisting of Scott Jacobson (Daily Show, Bob’s Burgers), Todd Levin (Conan), Jason Roeder (Onion), and Ted Travelstead (Vanity Fair). The book was released August 28, 2010.[24] In February 2011, Sacks authored a collection of humor pieces that were published by Tin House Books. The book, Your Wildest Dreams, Within Reason, contains pieces from The New Yorker, Esquire, Time, Vanity Fair, McSweeney’s, and other publications.[25] The AV Club wrote "The fun in Your Wildest Dreams is watching Sacks unpack his weirdness, and there’s plenty of weirdness to unpack."[26]

Sacks is also the co-editor of the March 2012 advice book, Care to Make Love In That Gross Little Space Between Cars?, featuring contributions from, among others, Louis C.K., Dave Eggers, Zach Galifianakis, Nick Hornby, Sam Lipsyte, Merrill Markoe, Laraine Newman, Simon Rich, Bob Saget, George Saunders, Amy Sedaris, Allison Silverman, Paul Simms, Jerry Stahl, Fred Willard, and Weird Al Yankovic.[27] He has also contributed to the books Esquire Rules and Esquire Presents: Things A Man Shouldn’t Do After the Age of Thirty; Mountain Man Dance Moves: The McSweeney’s Book of Lists; and The McSweeney’s Book of Politics and Musicals.[28][29]


  1. ^ Mike Sacks in VF
  2. ^ Kuntzman, Gersh (10 March 2011). "Checkin’ in with … comedy writer Mike Sacks". The Brooklyn Paper. Retrieved 11 September 2011. 
  3. ^ Stout, Andrew. "An Interview with Mike Sacks". Bookslut.com. 
  4. ^ Mike Sacks and Bob Powers. "Just A Friendly Robocall". The New Yorker. 
  5. ^ Mike Sacks and Teddy Wayne. "Condo President-For-Life". McSweeney’s. 
  6. ^ sacks, Mike. "Ikea Instructions". Esquire. 
  7. ^ Mike Sacks and Scott Rothman. "Dear Thomas Pynchon, can you blurb my book?". Salon. 
  8. ^ Sacks, Mike. "The Founding Farter". Vanity Fair. 
  9. ^ Mike Sacks and Ted Travelstead. "Timeline: Justin Bieber’s Life for the Next 35 Years". GQ. 
  10. ^ Sacks, Mike. "102 Self-Help Books You Can Do Without". radar. 
  11. ^ Sacks, Mike. "Interview with Tim and Eric". Believer. 
  12. ^ Sacks, Mike. "Two Stories". Vice. 
  13. ^ Chillag, Ian. "'Photos of TV':It's Photos of TV". NPR. 
  14. ^ Douglas, Nick. "Photos of TV". Gawker. 
  15. ^ Estes, Lenora Jane. "Mike Sack Reads From Your Wildest Dreams, With Reason". Vanity Fair. 
  16. ^ Kuntzman, Gersh. "Checkin' in with...Comedy Writer Mike Sacks". New York Post. 
  17. ^ Molyneaux, Libby. "Make Us Laugh, Funny Boy:Mike Sacks". LA Weekly. 
  18. ^ "The Comedy Cafe". BBC. 
  19. ^ "Comics Confess Their Nightmares". CNN. 
  20. ^ Simon, Scott. "Comedy Writing:How To Be Funny". NPR Weekend Edition. 
  21. ^ Sacks, Mike (July 8, 2009). And Here's The Kicker: Conversations with 21 Top Humor Writers. Writers Digest Books. ISBN 1-58297-505-1. 
  22. ^ Sacks, Mike (June 24, 2014). Poking a Dead Frog. Viking. ISBN 0-143-12378-5. 
  23. ^ Frucci, Adam (28 June 2012). "Sequel to Mike Sacks' 'And Here's the Kicker' Officially Coming to Viking/Penguin in 2014". 
  24. ^ Sacks, Mike (August 24, 2010). Sex: Our Bodies, Our Junk. Broadway. ISBN 0-307-59216-2. 
  25. ^ Sacks, Mike (March 1, 2011). Your Wildest Dreams, Within Reason. Tin House Books. ISBN 1-935639-02-1. 
  26. ^ Heilser, Steve (3 March 2011). "Your Wildest Dreams Within Reason". A.V. Club. Retrieved 11 September 2011. 
  27. ^ Believer (March 6, 2012). Care to Make Love In That Gross Little Space Between Cars?: A Believer Book of Advice. Vintage. ISBN 978-0307743718. 
  28. ^ Esquire, ed. (May 3, 2011). Esquire The Rules: A Man's Guide to Life. Heart. ISBN 978-1588168818. 
  29. ^ McSweeney's, ed. (September 12, 2006). Mountain Man Dance Moves: The McSweeney’s Book of Lists. Vintage. ISBN 978-0307277206.