“Gleefully wacky and irreverent.”

–The New York Times

“Line by line, Mr. Rudnick may be the funniest writer for the stage in the United States today.”

–The New York Times

“Deeply funny musings and adventures elevate Paul Rudnick to the highest level of American comedy writing.”

–Steve Martin

“One of the funniest quip-meisters on the planet.”

–The New York Times

“Paul Rudnick is a champion of truth (and love and great wicked humor) whom we ignore at our peril.”

–David Sedaris

“Quips fall with the regularity of the autumn leaves.”

–Associated Press

August 6, 2014

Am I Pretty?

So I was reading about this huge amount of Youtube videos in which preteen girls ask everyone
to tell them if they’re pretty or ugly. I watched a few of these videos, and at first they
were heartbreaking and then they grew boring, because most of the videos were quite long,
for someone asking such a succinct question. Also, the girls on the videos, whose looks
covered a wide range, all seemed strangely confident; not because they were impressed with
themselves, but because they had no problem making such a personal video for general
consumption. The comments were just what you’d expect, from the most incoherently vicious
to the most incoherently supportive. Here’s my favorite response: