Hi, I'm Alex Schmidt.

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


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


In October of 2018 I became a 4-Time Champion on Jeopardy! with Alex Trebek. If that's where you found out about me, hello!

I’m the host of Earwolf’s The Cracked Podcast. Additionally I've made columns, sketch comedy, and original YouTube shows for Cracked.com that were read/watched by tens of millions of people, and sometimes awarded Webbys. I've also written comedy for The New Yorker, BBC America, The Onion, The American Bystander, Funny Or Die, CollegeHumor, My Damn Channel, McSweeney's, and more fun places. Here are some highlights.

I hosted the Kurt Vonneguys podcast, where we read every book in the Kurt Vonnegut canon and had fun doing it. Hear that here! And hear me guest on podcasts like "The Bechdel Cast", “Fake The Nation”, “Unpopular Opinion”, “Who Charted” and other great shows by googling my name + the show title.

Lately I'm focused on large writing & podcasting projects. Still, check out my calendar for days you can catch me doing live comedy shows. That includes live podcasts this spring in Chicago and in St. Paul. Also I often do stand-up. I'm a creative consultant on Joel Samataro & Cole Bruns's fantastic stand-up show Game Over Comedy. Until recently I hosted a monthly stand-up showcase at Nerdmelt. I also do live sketch comedy at The Pack Theater and am a Visiting Artist & Faculty Member at The Peoples Improv Theater Chapel Hill.


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

I’ve written digital jokes for television, published a zine for atheist Santa fans, read lines with Malcolm McDowell, and created the only fun e-mail newsletter in Internet history.

"Hey Alex, I need your headshot, for a comedy show 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.