Born and raised in Canada, David Rakoff is the author of the book Fraud (Doubleday hardcover; Broadway paperback). A regular contributor to The New York Times Magazine, Outside, and Public Radio International's This American Life, his writing has also appeared in GQ, Salon, Details, Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Wired, New York Magazine, and The New York Observer, among others. He has appeared on "The Late Show with David letterman," "Late Night with Conan O'Brien," and "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart." As an actor and director, he has worked with Amy and David Sedaris on the plays Stitches, One Woman Shoe, The Little Freida Mysteries, and The Book of Liz. He directed Jail Babes by The Dueling Bankheads at La Mama, E.T.C., and Mike Albo's one-man show, Spray, at P.S. 122 in New York, appeared in Cheryl Dunyé’s film The Watermelon Woman, and has portrayed Lance Loud on stage, Vladimir Mayakovsky on public television, and Sigmund Freud in the window of Barney's department store. He lives in New York City, and has done so since 1982.