Zach Zimmerman ’10 says his path to comedy was shaped by his Princeton experiences as a member of the Triangle Club and Quipfire! This led him to a career of pushing the boundaries in comedy and to his debut book, Is it Hot in Here (Or Am I Suffering for All Eternity for the Sins I Committed on Earth)? Stradling the line between lightheartedness and malaise, the book’s pieces range from amusing tales of dates gone wrong, to a satirical list of questions for God, to a somber essay on a friend who was killed in a mass shooting. “I’ve always been drawn to luring people in with humor and then devastating them,” Zimmerman says, only partially joking. He’s pictured at Philadelphia’s Union Hall, where he performed in April. He hopes readers glean both levity and compassion from his book.
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