Posts tagged as zach kanin

Talking to Zach Kanin About Writing for 'SNL' and Drawing Cartoons for 'The New Yorker'

Since joining Saturday Night Live's writing staff in the fall of 2011, Zach Kanin has quickly found his footing on the show and created some memorable sketches, not that it comes as any surprise to those who'd been following his career before that. Before being snatched up by SNL, Kanin was editor of The Harvard Lampoon, a contributing cartoonist for The New Yorker (his cartoons are archived here), and author of The Short Book, which offers a humorous look at what it's like being 5'3". Now, with only a season and a half at SNL under his belt, Kanin already has a bevy of funny and popular [...]

The New Yorker's Young Gun Cartoonists

Its parameters are tight: black and white. One square. One caption. It’s bare, and it’s simple. It doesn’t have dialogue or physicality or access to the infinite euphonic range of fart tones. It is the New Yorker cartoon, and despite its naked form in a culture of boundless multi-sense-stimulation, it remains a venue of high comedy.

If your impulse is to say that New Yorker cartoons are universally stuffy and unfunny, I understand. It’s okay. I was just like you once: dismissive, thought I knew everything about comedy, cursed a lot.

Then one day I got in a cab right after a man who resembled Jeff Goldblum—but [...]

SNL's Zach Kanin's 2012 Predictions Are Great

New SNL writer and New Yorker cartoonist Zach Kanin drew up some pretty exciting predictions for 2012. (You know, in his spare time. I hear they keep a really lax schedule over at SNL.) According to Kanin, we can expect big surprises from Newt Gingrich and a sizable increase in young-adult novels written by rabbis. Perhaps the biggest news here, though, is that the season of Looking Back On 2011 has officially arrived, and before Halloween no less. Let the reflective blog posts and magazine top-ten lists commence!

SNL Rounds Out Its New Season Hires with Writers Zach Kanin and Peter Schultz

The SNL crew is back to work today, with the first episode of season 37 airing this Saturday, and two more new writers have been added to the staff: Zach Kanin and Peter Schultz.

Zach Kanin is a former editor of the Harvard Lampoon and a contributing cartoonist to The New Yorker (we actually wrote about him about a year ago). He also wrote The Short Book, about being short (he's 5'3"). His hire keeps the number of Harvard dudes on staff even, as Crimson alum Simon Rich left the show after last season to go write a movie at Pixar. Gotta keep that Harvard quota [...]