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B.A., Film Studies, Yale University, 2001
M.A., Cinema Studies, New York University, 2003
Saul Austerlitz teaches a course in writing about comedy. He is the author of three books: Sitcom: A History in 24 Episodes from I Love Lucy to Community (Chicago Review, 2014), Another Fine Mess: A History of American Film Comedy (Chicago Review, 2010), and Money for Nothing: A History of the Music Video from the Beatles to the White Stripes (Continuum, 2007). His work has appeared in The New York Times, New York Times Magazine, Slate, The New Republic, the Los Angeles Times, and other publications. He is at work on a new book about the story of the ill-fated Altamont concert of 1969.
Saul Austerlitz's Kind of a Big Deal: How Anchorman Stayed Classy and Became the Most Iconic Comedy of the Twenty-First Century was published by Dutton.
Saul Austerlitz's Generation Friends: An Inside Look at the Show that Defined a Television Era was published by Dutton.
Saul Austerlitz's Just a Shot Away: Peace, Love, and Tragedy With the Rolling Stones at Altamont has been released by Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s. The New York Times Book Review called the book “revelatory” and “the most blisteringly impassioned music book of the season.” In July, Amazon listed Just A Shot Away as one of the Best Books of the Month: Nonfiction.
Saul Austerlitz's Sitcom: A History in 24 Episodes from I Love Lucy to Community was published by Chicago Review Press.
Saul Austerlitz's Another Fine Mess: A History of American Film Comedy was published by Chicago Review Press.
film and television; comedy; pop music; contemporary literature; the art of the essay; culture and politics; international film
Saul Austerlitz wrote “Why Gilmore Girls Endures” and “It's an Obscure Special, Charlie Brown" for The New York Times.