About Zembla

Who the hell are you?

My name is Sean Keane. I'm a stand-up comic and writer living in San Francisco. I've performed with such comedy greats as Dave Attell, Jim Short, Al Madrigal, Brent Weinbach, Brian Malow, and Arj Barker. Back in December of 2005, I won the first-ever "Iron Comic" stand-up competition, where comedians write a routine in 10 minutes from topics suggested by the audience, and I performed in Iron Comic during SF Sketchfest in February of 2008. In 2007, I created and hosted the Heuristic Squelch Comedy Experience, a monthly standup showcase in Berkeley. Places I've performed include the Punchline Comedy Club in SF, SF Comedy Club, The Purple Onion, Edinburgh Castle, UC Berkeley, Stanford University, the Barn Theater at UC Santa Cruz, San Francisco State University, Sonoma State University, The Make-Out Room, and Tommy T's. I've written for ESPN the Magazine, had pieces run on to McSweeney's Internet Tendency, and also the old Modern Humorist site. Formerly, I was editor-in-chief of UC Berkeley's fine humor magazine, The Heuristic Squelch. I have a regular grown-up job now, but in the past I worked in a children's museum, and as a swim coach. Some of my writing will reflect the influence of small children and speech impediments.

What is Zembla, anyway?

Zembla is a "distant northern land" in Vladimir Nabokov's Pale Fire, which is most likely only a delusion in the mind of the book's deranged narrator. In its own way, this site is also just an imaginary location, defined only by its inventor's unchecked digressions.

Are you the Sean Keane?

That depends on which Sean Keane you're thinking of. There is a whole world of Sean Keanes out there, of which I am but one. I try to acquit myself as an honorable representative of Sean Keanes and Sean Keanedom worldwide.

Do you write humorous posts about sports on a regular basis?

Yes. Perhaps you'd enjoy some of the selections below:

How about other posts that your readers have enjoyed throughout the years?

You say you used to work with children. Can I find any cute stories about children on this page?

What about pieces that you've written for other publications and web sites?

From McSweeney's:

From The Heuristic Squelch:

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