Matthew Brian Cohen

Writer of things.



I’m a writer of scripts and short stories. I also produce, direct, edit podcasts. I also mess around with computers. You are probably here because you read, heard, or saw me do one of those things. If not, that’s fine. Life is all about stumbling into places you don’t belong.

Please read my latest book of short fiction and personal essays A Stupid Way To Die For No Reason At All.

I’m currently a co-creator and writer for Functionally Dead, a leftist comedy zine.

I write, perform, and direct at the Upright Citizens’ Brigade Theater in Los Angeles, and formerly New York.

I have written for SNL’s Weekend Update, The Onion News Network, and the shows Epic How To, Honest Trailers, Honest Game Trailers, Blissful Thinking, and others. My writing has appeared in McSweeney’s, The Onion, College Humor, Newegg, Splitsider, Trop Magazine, and other places.

I also wrote a short story collection called Nein Stories that I released for free.

I co-created and ran a humor magazine called Janice, which put out two print issues and regularly updated with online content for years.

You can listen to my finished serialized fiction comedy podcast, ScaryTown, on Apple Podcasts or on Anchor. You can also listen to This Podcast Is Brought To You By, a short-lived but (in my opinion) very funny improvised comedy podcast on Anchor.

I used to have a comedy podcast called Lifescrapers: Tall Stories of American Lives. You can download a torrent of the entire archives here. If you need this torrent seeded for whatever reason, email me! Alternatively, here’s a Google Drive link


Latest Post

Apr 30, 2024

Stuff I Like There

I (semi) recently felt compelled to write about one of my favorite videogames of all time, Disco Elysium, why I love it so much, and how it profoundly effected how I think about the world. I posted this on a Substack called Stuff I Like There. You can subscribe to it if you’d like – I’ll be occasionally updating it with posts about pieces of media that I love.
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