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LIVING A CREATIV MISSION

Scott discovered something magical at the age of 4. He published his first book by stapling together scrap paper his dad brought home from work, and it opened a new dimension in life—a way to transcend shyness, connect with others, and communicate whimsical ideas to the world.

Since then, he’s been an unstoppable whirlwind of creativity. As a child, he made super-8 films, recorded serialized radio sit-coms on cassette, and performed on the street. In his teens, he performed comedy on local and national radio, in talent shows, and in comedy clubs. His short films began winning awards at festivals, and he won first place in a Wisconsin State Journalism contest for his school newspaper comic strip.

In his 20s, he created the comic strip Jim’s Journal, which ran in over 100 college newspapers and spawned a self-published book collection that made the New York Times bestseller list. He helped create The Onion and led it from small college newspaper to international household humor brand. He founded The AV Club. He won the Thurber Prize for American Humor and a Peabody Award.

In recent decades, Scott has authored over 30 books, including the million-copy #1 bestseller Our Dumb Century. Entertainment Weekly placed him on their “It List” of the top 100 entertainers in Hollywood. He amassed millions of social media fans, performed on Saturday Night Live and on stages around the world. His video shorts are viral hits online with millions of views.

He founded How to Write Funny in 2014 in partnership with the Second City training center in Chicago, sharing his signature method for unleashing creativity and writing humor. His students have gone on to win Emmys, Grammys, and Oscars.

- Scott Dikkers

"I like kickboxing, fixing up old motorcycles,

and lying about my hobbies."

MORE FROM SCOTT

Books

Substack

Cartoons

The Onion

How To Write Funny

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