Evan Puschak

American video essayist, journalist and YouTuber

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Evan Puschak
Born (1988-08-31) August 31, 1988 (age 34)
EducationBoston University
OccupationVideo essayist
Known forNerdWriter Video Essays

Evan Puschak is an American video essayist, journalist and creator of the YouTube channel The NerdWriter.[1] Previously he was a multimedia editor at MSNBC and hosted the Discovery Channel show Seeker Daily. In 2017, Forbes named him one of their "30 Under 30 in Media".[2]


Puschak was a multimedia editor at MSNBC and hosted the Discovery Channel show Seeker Daily.[3]

The NerdWriter series began in 2011 and has been updated almost every week exploring a range of topics from film to current affairs to sitcoms to philosophy.[4] In a video uploaded to the channel in August 2022, Puschak revealed he originally started the series in order to build an audience for a novel he had written. Though he abandoned the goal, he discovered a passion for the platform and for creating video essays.[5] He explains his approach to the wide range of topics dissected in the NerdWriter essays, "It's in the construction of a video that I understand and learn the most. I just move toward what interests me in that week, or that month."[6]

The popularity of The NerdWriter has attracted attention from industry personnel, media outlets, and film schools.[7] His most popular video essays include How Donald Trump Answers A Question, Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban: Why It's The Best, and Sherlock: How To Film Thought. His popular essay on Trump's speeches elicited an article from Slate, "Trump’s Tower of Babble."[8]

Personal life

After graduating from Boston University he moved to Paris, France, for six months to write the novel, Big City.[9] Puschak resides in Spain.


  • Puschak, Evan (2022). Escape Into Meaning. Atria Books. ISBN 978-1-9821-6395-2.


  1. ^ Parker, Jason. "Evan Puschak is making YouTube for smart people", CNET, 16 March 2017. Retrieved on 10 March 2020.
  2. ^ "30 Under 30 2017: Media". Forbes. Retrieved October 14, 2022.
  3. ^ "Profile Evan Puschak". Forbes. Retrieved April 19, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ Salleh, Nur Asyiqin Mohamad. "He started Web series to sell book", The Straits Times, November 8, 2016. Retrieved January 3, 2020.
  5. ^ Why I Started The Nerdwriter, retrieved August 1, 2022
  6. ^ Pierce, David. "The World's Best Film School Is Free on YouTube", Wired, December 19, 2017. Retrieved January 3, 2020.
  7. ^ Rowe, Georgie. "Four video essayists you should be watching", The National Student, January 14, 2018. Retrieved January 3, 2020.
  8. ^ Waldman, Katy. "Trump’s Tower of Babble", Slate, November 2, 2016. Retrieved January 3, 2020.
  9. ^ Evans, Ian. "Five Alums, BU Academy Graduate on Forbes “30 Under 30” Lists", Bostonia, February 27, 2017. Retrieved January 3, 2020.

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