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2022 Bombeck Workshop Faculty James Breakwell

James Breakwell

James Breakwell is a professional comedy writer and amateur father of four girls, ages 12 and under. He is best known for his family humor Twitter account @XplodingUnicorn, which has more than a million followers. The account went viral in April 2016 and transformed James from a niche comedy writer into one of the most popular dads on social media.

James has been profiled by USA Today, US Weekly, The Daily Mail, Metro, The Telegraph, Cosmopolitan, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Upworthy, The Chive, Bored Panda, various ABC and Fox TV news affiliates, and countless other TV, radio and internet outlets. His articles have appeared in Reader’s Digest, The Federalist, AskMen and Vox. He has been a guest multiple times on HLN’s The Daily Share. Closer Magazine named him its 2016 Blogger Dad of the Year.

James has published three comedy parenting books, a guided journal for kids and a memoir that leaned heavily on gnome theft. His debut sci-fi novel, The Chosen Twelve, was released in January 2022. He is now busily writing the sequel. (Or so he tells his editor.)