Jim Gerard is a journalist, playwright and author of three books. BEAM ME UP, JESUS!, a satire of the Rapture and fundamentalist Christianity, CELEBRITY SKIN, a tongue-in-cheek lashing of the rich and famous and their tattoos, and YANKEES SUCK!, a comedic denunciation of the world’s most famous sports franchise. Mr. Gerard has written humor for some of the leading publications in America, including The New Republic, Travel & Leisure, Playboy, Maxim, and Cosmopolitan. In addition, he has written features for The Washington Post, Salon, Details, New York Observer, Art & Antiques, and many other magazines, and has published fiction in The Boston Review and elsewhere. His comic plays and sketch comedy shows have been produced in New York City, and he has performed stand-up comedy in New York clubs such as The Comic Strip, the Duplex, and the Village Gate.