Paul Rudnick

Paul Rudnick

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Paul Rudnick is a playwright, novelist, essayist and screenwriter, whom the New York Times has called “one of our pre-eminent humorists.” His plays have been produced both on and off Broadway and around the world, and include I Hate HamletJeffreyThe Most Fabulous Story Ever ToldValhallaRegrets Only and The New Century. He has won an Obie Award, two Outer Critics Circle Awards and the John Gassner Playwrighting Award, and two of his short plays have been included in Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays. His novels include Social Disease and I’ll Take it, both from Knopf, and his first Young Adult Novel, Gorgeous, has been published by Scholastic. He’s a regular contributor to The New Yorker, and his articles and essays have appeared in The New York Times, Esquire, Vogue, Spy and Vanity Fair. HarperCollins has published both Mr. Rudnick’s Collected Plays and a group of essays entitled I Shudder. His essays have also been included in the New Yorker anthologies Fierce Pajamas and Disquiet, Please.

Mr. Rudnick is rumored to be quite close to Premiere magazine’s film critic Libby Gelman-Waxner, whose collected columns were published by St. Martins under the title If You Ask Me. Libby’s columns have also appeared in Entertainment Weekly, and in Roger Ebert’s Book of Film.

Mr. Rudnick’s screenplays include “Addams Family Values,” “In&Out” and the screen adaptation of “Jeffrey.”

An overview of Mr. Rudnick’s work, along with his daily blog, can be found at