Hi, I'm Alex Schmidt.

I'm a writer and comedian and Internet thing-maker.


I believe in using the time of total strangers as well as possible.


I'm a podcaster! My show is called Secretly Incredibly Fascinating. Here's how to listen. And here's the A.V. Club's Podmass write-up of the show.

Prior to making Secretly Incredibly Fascinating, I hosted & produced more than 150 episodes of The Cracked Podcast. It used to be an internationally popular comedy podcast on the Earwolf network. We did live episodes all over the United States, plus London. I also co-created & co-hosted the #1 Kurt Vonnegut podcast, and I made the podcast miniseries 1 Way To Make An Emoji.

I'm a comedy writer! I contribute humor to The New Yorker, and wrote comedy for The Onion, BBC America, Funny Or Die, CollegeHumor, The American Bystander and lots more places. Here are some highlights.

I created an emoji! With help from friends and loved ones, I proposed the bison emoji to Unicode (the world governing body for emojis). Unicode approved it. The bison emoji rolls out to world device keyboards this year. Hear the whole story in my podcast miniseries, titled 1 Way To Make An Emoji.

Right now I'm focused on large writing & podcasting projects. E-mail me to see my prize-winning TV comedy scripts. Also I have a calendar for live comedy shows, but it's empty due to COVID-19. I'm a creative consultant on Joel Samataro & Cole Bruns's fantastic stand-up show Game Over Comedy and I'm looking forward to that starting back up.

I'm a 4-Time Jeopardy! Champion. Yes, Alex Trebek was everything I hoped he'd be. No, I cannot lend you any of the money. E-mail me to ask further questions.


"Hey Alex, what are additional fun things about you?”

I’ve worked as a zoo tour guide, rehearsed scenes with Malcolm McDowell, and podcasted underneath Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

"Hey Alex, I need your headshot, for an article or poster or something.”

Sure, here it is.

“Hey Alex, I need to get in touch with you.”

E-mail me at aschmidt47 [at] gmail [dot] com.

“Hey Alex, I wanna see a funny thing right this second.”

Cool, man. Here's my favorite joke about dinosaurs.