Not Quite a Genius - in stores now!

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

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’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 and I share a comedic heritage from belonging to the same college improv troupe. And if you know anything about college improv troupes, well, please disregard that knowledge and give this book a chance anyway."Nicholas Stoller, director of Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Neighbors

NATE DERN is a writer and actor who lives in Los Angeles. He is a senior writer at Funny Or Die and the former 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, 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 book tour dates


Not Quite a Genius on audiobook! 

Audiobook available now on Audible and iTunes!

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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