Ellis Weiner

Ellis Weiner – Ghostwriter

I have an extensive history in writing, editing, and teaching humor, parody, and satire, both in articles and novels. Also kids' fiction.


I specialize in humor, satire, and parody. I've published in a thousand magazines (including as an editor of National Lampoon, a columnist in Spy, and current contributor to The New Yorker), and published over 20 books for adults and middle-grade (9-12) kids. I am founder and editor of the Sherman Oaks Review of Books (a humor magazine). My latest book (co-authored with Steve Radlauer) is Monsters of the Ivy League (Little, Brown).

I've taught comic writing at UCLA and edited others' manuscripts. Oh, and I had a nice ten-year career writing, creating, and producing children's television. Other than that I haven't done anything except cook and play the drums.
Humor & Comedy Middle Grade
English (US)

Work experience


Jan, 2017 — Apr, 2017 (3 months)

Currently I am editing one writer's memoir and another's novel. I've also edited two war veterans' memoirs.

I've published with many major American publishers, including Little, Brown; Plume; NAL; Dutton; Chronicle Books; and Riverhead Books. My latest book, co-authored with a friend, is MONSTERS OF THE IVY LEAGUE, published on April 11, 2017 (see Portfolio, below).

I've contributed articles to the New Yorker, Spy, Mademoiselle, Air & Space, Smithsonian, Child, Parenting, and others. Many of these magazines no longer exist but that's not my fault.

Speaking of which, I was an editor/writer of National Lampoon.

I founded and am editor of The Sherman Oaks Review of Books, an online humor magazine.


Everyone knows cats think they're so special.But how can they explain why to mere humans?Where do cats get their sense of superiority? How do they manipulate us so easily? Cat-echisms answers these eternal feline questions in an easy question-and-answer form. ... read more
Yes, you're spiritually enlightened.But is your dog?With Arffirmations, any dog—of any age, breed, or gender—can attain the same level of personal enlightenment and metaphysical peace that, until now, only humans could enjoy.Simply present Arffirmations to you... read more
A hilarious compendium of traditional wisdom, recipes, and lore from the authors of the bestselling Yiddish with Dick and Jane. Modern Jews have forgotten cherished traditions and become, sadly, all- too assimilated. It's enough to make you meshugeneh. Today's... read more
With its kid-perfect humor and dynamic illustrations, Book 1 of the hilarious Templeton Twins series left young readers clamoring for more. This time, Abigail and John Templeton find themselves at TAPAS (the Thespian Academy of the Performing Arts and Sciences... read more
First stop: Harvard or Yale or Princeton or...Next stop: Wall Street riches...house on the Vineyard...vineyard with a house...a Nobel Prize...Not so fast.Everybody knows that the schools of the Ivy League-universally touted as the pinnacle of American higher e... read more
Are the end times near? Is the Rapture really just around the corner? Could Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson possibly be right? About 1 billion people among us believe, yes, absolutely.And that means one thing: investment opportunities!For those who are not as ... read more
How to Raise a Jewish Dog

Rabbis of Boca Raton Theological Seminary

Questions to Ask a Breeder: 1. What kind of job is this, growing dogs? 2. Are these dogs nice? I mean of course they are. But if not, is this refundable? 3. Is this a stable business? Do you make a decent living? 4. Does the insurance kill you or is it okay? 5... read more
Suppose there were 12-year-old twins, a boy and girl named John and Abigail Templeton. Let's say John was pragmatic and played the drums, and Abigail was theoretical and solved cryptic crosswords. Now suppose their father was a brilliant, if sometimes confused... read more
Howard the Duck

Ellis Weiner

1st edition 1st printing paperback, fine In stock shipped from our UK warehouse
Jane is in real estate.Today is Saturday.Jane has an open house.She must schlep the Open House signs to the car.See Jane schlep.Schlep, Jane. Schlep.Schlep, schlep, schlep.In text that captures the unque rhythms of the original Dick and Jane readers, and in 35... read more
The Joy of Worry

Ellis Weiner

Stressed out? Wringing your hands? Great! You're on the path to success, enlightenment, and happiness. Author Ellis Weiner and illustrator Roz Chast, experts in the field of fretting, reveal how to maximize worry, harness its power, and achieve personal goals ... read more

Ellis has 2 reviews





Cassius C.

Cassius C.

Nov, 2018

Talented writer. Kind. Funny. Helpful.
Carrie A.

Carrie A.

Mar, 2018

Extremely thoughtful and skilled.

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