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- Has written for Slate since 2005, on topics as diverse as crime, drones, media, the Olympics, current events, fast food, and his own clownish antics.
- Is a former editor at the Columbia Journalism Review. From 2008-2012, he edited the magazine's website, cjr.org. From 2011-2013, he edited the print magazine's Ideas and Reviews section. His essay on Peter Fleming's book Brazilian Adventure was anthologized in Second Read: Writers Look Back at Classic Works of Reportage.
- Was the founding editor of Polite, a great and very weird magazine which no one read.
- Is the taller, male half of the outstanding touring improv duo From Justin to Kelly. Yes, like that stupid American Idol movie.
- Has written and produced several one-man shows and ensemble pieces, including How to Tape Things off the Radio, Confessions of a Condiment Hustler, A Child's Garden of Maritime Disasters, A 54th Ward Christmas, A Good Burger Christmas, and the country-western euthanasia musical Kill Yourself! with Deke Davis.
- Has spent sixteen seasons as a beer vendor at Wrigley Field in Chicago.
- Will probably come to your party if you invite him.