Did you know that our Hilaritan contributors have accomplished other things in their lives besides writing for Hilaritan? Read a short biography for each of your favorite Hilaritan contributors right here and be sure to check out their outside projects!
Steve first dabbled his feet into extensive creative projects nine years ago when he produced Shore Madness, his first in a series of low budget films you probably have never heard of. From those inauspicious beginnings Steve went on to be casted in the lead role of the short-lived cult classic series Between Classes, and in 2009 joined forces with Greg Kyriakakis to launch Hilaritan. Steve became well known among political dissidents for his Hilaritan coverage of independent candidates during the 2009 New Jersey Gubernatorial Election.
Outside of Hilaritan Steve took a foray into the world of journalism from 2010-2012. In addition to continuing clever writing for Hilaritan, some of Steve’s life goals include teaching English in Japan and writing children’s books.
Dave Herman graduated Toms River East in 2003 and The College of New Jersey in 2007 with a degree in TV/Film. He held internships at The Colbert Report, with Morgan Spurlock, at NBC’s iVillage, and NBC Emerging Media. Dave has also worked at TV shows including Iron Chef America, David Letterman, and Anderson Live. In 2010 Dave joined the NBC Page Program, which introduced him to experiences working for Saturday Night Live, Jimmy Fallon, Dr. Oz, and five CNBC shows.
After leaving NBC, Dave started his most ambitious project yet. In 2012 he worked 100 jobs, with Job #100 as a correspondent on NBC in Times Square after he wished for it on The Today Show a week earlier.
In 2013, he plans to complete his 10,000 Kevins project, in which he needs signatures of 10,000 people named Kevin to get Kevin Bacon to take him to lunch. Furthermore, he’s looking for 100 generous donors to match those Kevins with $10,000 to raise $1 million total for Kevin Bacon’s charity.
Dave is a comedic writer and actor in New York City and performs at Upright Citizens Brigade and The People’s Improv Theater.
Tim Meyer is an author working on several upcoming projects. He currently resides in New Jersey, near the shore. When he’s not writing horror stories, hunting ghoulish entities, or balling hard on the basketball court, he’s usually annoying the crap out of his wife, the most amazing person in his life. The two of them live with their cats, Gizmo and Mulder, rambunctious monsters who destroy almost everything.
His first horror novel Demon Blood: Enlightenment is available now through Amazon. His novella, The Thin Veil, will be available in January 2013. You can follow Tim on Twitter @timmmeyer11, or on his blog, timmmeyer.com.
THF is New Jersey born and bred. THF enjoys all sorts of food and music. When THF was accepted to the University of Virginia School of Medicine she was pretty sure someone was playing a massive April Fool’s joke on her in November. T’was not so and she writes about her experiences at least once a fortnight to make sure that if it was indeed all a hallucination, at least she can remember what she hallucinated about.
Stina Marie Harris
A love affair with words, a passionate ear for sound, a desire for deeper meaning, and a need for unequivocal knowledge all wrapped up in a Jersey tan, blonde hair, and bright green eyes describes this overly sociable, sometimes analytical but always thoughtful published author. Stina has been writing by the ocean since she realized the power behind words and the passion behind written creativity. She enjoys writing about and promoting national and local bands monthly in The Rag: The Jersey Shores Premier Entertainment Magazine (theragrocks.com) and writes fashion articles for Rock Thiz Magazine (rockthizmagazineblog.net). You can also find many of her stories in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series as well as other write-ups in different coast-to-coast publications. A full list can be found on her blog One Say a Day: Promoting the Power and Momentum of Words (onesayaday.com) along with music reviews, poetry, and positive thought.
Stina is currently shopping two Young Adult novels and is always open for additional freelance writing opportunities. An artist paints a picture for the eyes, a musician sings a sweet song for the ears, but a writer weaves words that let you create your own melody and imagine your own image. Follow SMH on facebook (https://www.facebook.com/onesayaday) to be the first to hear about new projects and places to read her articles.
A fine specimen of humanity in general, Pete Draper brings his wit, charm, and career .568 slow-pitch softball batting average to The Hilaritan in undeniable style. A law school graduate and admitted attorney in the state of New Jersey, Pete battles not only the literal demons of the underworld (criminal defendants), but also his internal demons asking, “Why isn’t everyone else as awesome as I?” Not one to let his ego impede his advancement, Pete has recently released the rights to his autobiography, My Life Isn’t Your Life and I’m Sorry About That, which is scheduled to be released as a major motion picture – Iron Man 3.
When he is not dispensing justice in grand fashion, Pete partakes in fictional writing, and is currently in the middle of several projects. His literary inspirations include Stephen King, George Orwell, H.P. Lovecraft, Ernest Hemingway, Max Brooks, John Grisham, Ray Bradbury, Mark Twain, and J.R.R. Tolkien. In addition, Pete is a huge Atlanta Braves fan, and tortures himself each and every NFL season by proclaiming his love of the Miami Dolphins (at least they’re better than the Jets).
Chad Scanlon began blogging in the late nineties during the early years of the internet. Though only in high school at the time, he showed the potential to be a great journalist and political writer. Unfortunately his growing body of work on the internet fell victim to Y2K, and was lost forever. Defeated, jaded, and clearly lacking technological acumen, Chad ventured across the country to see America. Seeking inspiration from his favorite writer, Hunter S. Thompson, Chad traveled with naught but a typewriter and whatever drugs he could obtain. The goal was to write a new American literary masterpiece; Jack Kerouac meets Michael Crichton. Dubious in theory, and questionable at best in execution, his journey may have succeeded had all of Chad’s work not been lost when he used it as kindling to build a fire to keep from freezing to death after wandering too far into the Mojave desert and hallucinating on mescaline.
After a long hiatus from writing, and an even longer hiatus from computers, Chad is making his triumphant return with another foray into journalism. He cleaned himself up, found Jesus, learned how to ice-sculpt, lost Jesus, found Allah, began scrap-booking, lost Allah, found Jesus again, got a part-time job waiting tables, lost Jesus again, and then found The Hilaritan. The powers-that-be have sought fit to grant him a second chance to become America’s next Jack Kerouac, or Crichton, or Anne Rice, or Hemingway, or Danielle Steele… really just the next version of any author that earns more than minimum wage.