5 Reasons We Love…Simon Rich

  1. He published his first book, Ant Farm, while still in college. And it was actually funny. So funny that we’re not jealous of him (even though he got a book deal when he was 22).
  2. He became a writer for Saturday Night Live right after graduating from Harvard in 2007 and still we’re not envious.
  3. He’s one of three finalists for the 2008 Thurber Prize for American Humor, our country’s “highest recognition of the art of humor writing,” according to the award’s website.
  4. He looks young for his age, and so do we. It’s hard being in your 20s and being mistaken for a 16 year old. Simon, we feel for ya.
  5. We laughed out loud on the subway while reading his new collection of hilarious made-up conversations, like this one, which takes place between two frogs who have just figured out where all of their friends and relatives go: middle school science classes to be dissected. The book, titled Free-Range Chickens, comes out today.