Who is Emily V Gordon, aka Gynomite?
Hi, I’m Emily! Until a few years ago, I was a couples and family therapist that battled mental illness and excuses all across our great nation. Now, I’m a freelance writer, comedy producer, and podcaster.
Gynomite is where I post the stuff that I would want to look at on the Internet. I have a Tumblr that focuses more on feminist/body image/self-esteem writing, but it’s way more fun that that description sounded. But more about me!
I have written for Bust magazine, Dame magazine, and the now defunct Jane magazine. I wrote/adapted the ToykoPop manga Neko Ramen, and until recently I was a regular contributor to Lemondrop (which is now called MyDaily). I have also contributed to Nerdist, xoJane, Huffington Post, The Atlantic, Premiere, TheFW, Mashable, Videogum, and Guyspeak. My writing has been reposted to YourTango, Jezebel, and The Frisky.
In the non-blogging world, I have written two webshows at Disney.com, Power Up and the upcoming ExploreD, that are aimed at teenagers. I have also written and helped voice an animated webseries called Fetch Quest for Geek & Sundry.
Here’s a recent interview with me, and you can check me out on podcasts like You Made It Weird, The Mental Illness Happy Hour, The JV Club, and more.
In 2009, after leaving the world of therapy, I was running a weekly comedy show in New York called Punch Up Your Life and got a job in the promotions department at a comedy club called Comix. Upon moving to Los Angeles in 2010, I started a weekly show in the back of a comic book store with my two pals and hosts, Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani- it’s called The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail.
In 2011, Chris Hardwick tapped me to be the director of the theater space in the back of the aforementioned comic book store, and for a year, I curated the shows at NerdMelt Theater. I combed through people’s pitches, I sought out talent we wanted in our space, and I personally produced countless standup shows to go along with book releases, movie nights, etc, in addition to administratively running the space.
Since leaving my position at NerdMelt in 2012, I have produced live standup and variety-ish shows at the New York Comedy Festival, SF Sketchfest, JFL Montreal, FYF, SXSW, and more. I also served as the festival director for Comedy Central’s first ever comedy festival that took place entirely on Twitter- #ComedyFest. I also produce the weekly NerdMelt show Harmontown with Community’s Dan Harmon, although that job just mainly involves getting Dan some Ketel One.
As for The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, we have become one of the most popular comedy shows in Los Angeles, and after shooting a pilot in February of 2013, we were picked up to series on Comedy Central, with help from our production company Red Hour and our director Lance Bangs.
I play a lot of video games. In 2011, I was hired to be a writer/commentator on G4′s webshow podcast, Feedback. From there I went on to cohost the Nerdist Industries podcast The Indoor Kids, all about the culture of video games, alongside my husband Kumail Nanjiani. We also hosted one season of The Indoor Kids webshow on The Nerdist YouTube network!
I have also appeared on Attack of the Show and the Nerdist BBC Show, and our podcast comes out every single Monday.
I have a masters in couples and family counseling and spent six years in the field before leaving for comedy and writing. Sorry, I am not taking on any clients at this time, but if you have an emotional quandary you want feedback on, you can email me through my Tumblr- all emails kept confidential. (This also serves as your friendly reminder that I still am not your therapist and am not responsible for your behavior, even if I answer your question on my blog.)
By the way, I am not the lovely and talented Emily Gordon of EmDashes, and I am not, unfortunately, connected to the book Gynomite: Fearless Feminist Porn. The origin story of the name Gynomite is here.