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Humor Writer of the Month: Karen Chee

Karen Chee is an Emmy- and Writers Guild of America-nominated comedian, writer and actor.

She’s writing for season two of Pachinko (Apple TV) and for Late Night with Seth Meyers, as well as developing a movie and working on a book, among other projects.

Previously, she’s written for the Golden Globes and Yearly Departed (Amazon), helped develop pilots for Netflix and Comedy Central, acted in HBO’s High Maintenance and contributed regularly to The New Yorker. She’s also been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post and McSweeney’s.

She was recently featured as one of Vulture’s Comedians to Know and listed on Variety’s Power of Young Hollywood. In 2022, she made the Forbes 30 Under 30 list. In 2018, she was an inaugural winner of A Hotel Room of One’s Own: The Erma Bombeck | Anna Lefler Humorist-in-Residence Program at the University of Dayton.

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Cause for Alarm

The most alarming thing about being home alone, aside from being cast in a geezer version of the famous Macaulay Culkin movie, is setting off the house alarm and having to tell my wife, Sue, who left me home alone, that I could have been arrested for being in our own house.

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There is a cold front moving in, and it's bringing the day to darkness early. At 3:30 this afternoon I could have sworn it was 6 p.m. I confess to loving this time of year. I enjoy the spooky quality of night descending whenever it damn well pleases. It is a perfect condition for a month so demanding as December.
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