Saul Austerlitz
  • Saul Austerlitz

  • Born: Los Angeles, The United States.

  • Description: I am the author of the upcoming Generation Friends: An Inside Look at the Show That Defined a Television Era (Dutton, September 2019), which is an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at Friends, just in time for the show's 25th anniversary.

    I am a freelance writer, and my work has been published in the New York Times, New York Times Magazine, Esquire, Rolling Stone, the Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, Slate, and The New Republic, among others.

    I am an adjunct professor of writing and comedy history at New York University, as well as the author of Money for Nothing: A History of the Music Video from the Beatles to the White Stripes (Continuum, 2007), Another Fine Mess: A History of American Film Comedy (Chicago Review Press, 2010), Sitcom: A History in 24 Episodes from I Love Lucy to Community (Chicago Review Press, 2014), Just a Shot Away: Peace, Love, and Tragedy with the Rolling Stones at Altamont (Thomas Dunne Books, 2018).

    Booklist named Another Fine Mess one of the ten best arts books of 2010, and Just a Shot Away received rave reviews, including from the New York Times Book Review, which called it “the most blisteringly impassioned music book of the season.”

    I grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from Yale University (B.A. in film studies, 2001) and New York University's Tisch School of the Arts (M.A. in cinema studies, 2003).I live with my wife and two children in Brooklyn.

    My favorite episode of Friends is "The One With the Embryos." My second favorite episode of Friends is "The One Where Everyone Finds Out." I am totally and unapologetically a Chandler.

    You can also find me at and on Twitter @saulausterlitz.