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, TheFWMashable, 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.

These days, I’m most often found writing at ElizabethBanks.com (yes, that Elizabeth Banks) Rookie and TV.com.

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.


  1. molly said,

    Why haven’t we seen a post from you today?
    Give us something!

    Bored at work -

  2. Claynation said,

    Clay Aiken is gay – Did anyone know?
    Seriously – I applaud his effort to finally come out of the American Idol wall-papered closet.

  3. Bitten and Draining Love said,

    Well Gynomite –
    I am convinced that I met the man of my dreams. He is beautiful, sexy, smart, funny to be around, makes me laugh, and wants to take care of me.
    I have never had a relationship when I wake up in the middle of the night and think “If I died tomorrow, it would honestly be ok, becasue the love I have with this man is so overpowering, intense, generous and loving – I would feel like life had a purpose.
    This is the first time I felt this way – like I would give him everything I am, I own, my heart, the organs in my body – if any of it would help him.
    I love him so very much –
    What scares me….I am always afraid this is “too good to be true” and he will leave me. I had a string of bad men before him, and I fear he will want a younger and cuter model to replace me someday.
    How do you trust someone so completely?

    I am drunk – but it is still a valid question.
    Thanks Gyno

  4. William Rodriguez said,

    I just a victim of the fraudulent apt ad from Cindy Liebetreu. Beware, these people are out to get peoples infomation, Identification and money any way possible… this is their ad on craiglist…

    Thanks for your response. My name is Cindy Robert and I wish to inform you that the apartment 253 West 73rd Street, New York NY 10023 (Interior: 1,515 sq. ft. (approx.), Neighborhood: Upper West Side) is still available and belongs to my husband and I. We apologize for the slight delay in responding to your enquiry. We just received some news from our representative (John Lamont Caldwell Tel: 773 467 7459) who is presently in Chicago had a little accident so we are handling the leasing ourselves.

    However, we are very busy people and we will not like to take much of your time, therefore I will go straight to breaking down the terms and conditions that apply to the apartment.

    My husband and myself have our preferences in given out the apartment. This means we could be a bit choosy but we apologies in advance if it seems to be rather harsh. The apartment is furnished as you can see from the picture attached but most of the furnitures has been move into the store room. The furnitures could be replaced if you like. We are looking out for a responsible person, preferably single. If we accept any married couple, we cannot accept above three kids. In the case of married couple, they will accept full responsibility for property damages during their stay. Pets are allowed and we may be given out the apartment at a very low and reasonable price but we are given it out for a minimum period of at least 3 months starting January/February or preferably a longer lease period to as much as 5 years lease. Since we cleared the apartment for renovation on August, we have not been in New York due to business. Myself and my husband relocated to England, so we will be given out the apartment for a long duration at $800 month rate (Utilities included). Our priority is taken a responsible, careful, understanding and reasonable tenant that will take good care of the property, since we will be away for most of the period.

    The rental agreement will contain issue like;

    rental payments
    duration of lease
    damage to premises
    payment of utilities
    right of inspection
    deposit refunds
    terminating the lease

    We do not have time for games so we suggest that if you are not serious about the apartment, you try somewhere else. My time is very valuable and my husband is a very busy person but he will like to still speak with you over the telephone before any arrangement for you to inspect the apartment because we cannot just give attention to everyone that is interested in the apartment. My husband’s full names are Robert Kenneth, Telephone:+44 7045780684. Call only if you are serious about taken the apartment and let us know how long you will like to have the apartment to help us make our decision. If satisfied, we can discuss on how to get the document and the keys of the house to you to inspect. We will like to know you better to help us take our decision on the apartment therefore, in your response, kindly tell us a little about yourself like your names, hobbies, current address, your present occupation, marital status, if you like pets and why you want to take the apartment?

    As soon as we hear from you, we will contact you with more details.


  5. Insert Question Here said,

    Is it ok to flush a tampon? We have this on-going debate at work – yes, we are bored….
    It all started when a coworker had a family member over to his house. The family member flushed a tampon down the toilet and left the house while the toilet overflowed. I made the statement “every woman knows you don’t flush a tampon down the toilet!”
    However, I discovered other women did not feel the same way.
    “Read the packaging”, “it’s ok if it’s ob”, “it’s ok if it’s a public restroom”- WTF?

    I would like a second opinion. Can you flush a nasty-ass used tampon down the toilet>?
    What about condoms?
    What can you flush?

  6. Jason said,

    I am glad I found this. One of my friends used to write for the now defunct Jane magazine as well.

    Thanks Emily!


  7. thesilentc said,

    Your blog seriously cracks me up. Thanks.

  8. Lakshmi said,

    Just wanted to say that your blog is really interesting. I’m glad I found it.

  9. Ben Gunn said,

    Brilliant. Just, brilliant.

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  11. Jonny Fear said,

    This is great. The most well spent time all day. I thought you still lived in New York so I looked you up since we are headed there in the am. Gynomite is awesome.

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    You’re blogging has really come on when I look back over previous posts. Actually I arrived here from a forum on an unrelated topic. Worth surfing sometimes. Thanks.

  14. Rooibos said,

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  15. Stop Dog Barking said,

    I’ve been visiting your blog for a while now and I always find a gem in your new posts. Thanks for sharing.

  16. Owen Marcus said,

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  21. Andrew A. Sailer said,

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  22. Fru Teston said,

    i note that nothing’s been posted for many months.

    i’d like to join…will someone respond??? please??? found this when i was surfing info re feeding squirrels this winter, when our black walnut tree will not be producing due to drought and heat this year.

  23. s1yfox said,

    I think much of my thanks goes to Chris Hardwick, as I never would have discovered you or your awesome podcast without him establishing the Nerdist. I love the show you guys produce and have such a blast following your social media accounts! You guys are awesome!

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