“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

July 28, 2015

Tim Federle

I’m posting this for two reasons. First, because it’s a video of the sensational writer Tim Federle, giving a commencement speech. Tim’s speech is hilarious and touching and incredibly smart about fear and self-doubt and becoming a writer. The speech is genuinely inspiring, on every level.

My second reason is completely self-serving: during his speech, Tim graciously quotes from the introduction I wrote to the first published version of Jeffrey. I’ve met Tim, and he is a total joy. His books Better Nate Than Ever and Five, Six, Seven Nate! are wonderful, and I can’t wait to read his upcoming YA novel, The Great American Whatever.