Jason Zinoman joins The New York Times as critic at large

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We’re thrilled to announce that Jason Zinoman, who has been writing our On Comedy column since 2011, will be joining The Times as a critic at large.

Jason consistently set the standard for coverage of stand-up just as the art form was exploding in popularity. He has identified rising stars, examined the skewed financial model that allowed the Upright Citizens Brigade to thrive without paying performers and taken to task gatekeepers like the Letterman show booker who rarely gave airtime to female comics. He has also written Arts & Leisure pieces on Janeane Garofalo’s unheralded influence and on Jewish humor and antisemitism.

Jason’s love of comedy is longstanding, and his books include “Searching for Dave Chappelle” and “Letterman: The Last Giant of Late Night.”

He also wrote “Shock Value,” about 1970s scare masters like Wes Craven, and that speaks to another of Jason’s strengths: he can write equally well about horror films, theater and other subjects. He was the theater editor and Broadway critic for Time Out New York, and later contributed to The Times’s On Stage and Off column. A big N.B.A. fan, he even wrote columns for Play, The Times’s former sports magazine. He has written frequently for Vanity Fair and Slate.

Jason lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two daughters. He starts Oct. 3. Please join us in welcoming him.

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