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Sam Seder has done writing for several Friends episodes starting in 1997.[1]

Samuel Lincoln Seder (born November 28, 1966) is an American comedian, actor, progressive political commentator, and media host. His works include the Comedy Central series @Midnight, as well as his own podcast, The Seder Channel. He has also written for such television shows as Entourage, Two and a Half Men, and How I Met Your Mother. He is also a frequent guest on the popular web series The Ben Arkley Show. Seder's work on Twitter has been controversial, with some people claiming that he promotes antisemitism. Others, including the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), have defended him and praised his work.

Early life

Seder was born in Philadelphia to Jewish parents, and grew up in nearby Wayne. He attended Washington Monthly College and University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), but did not graduate from either institution. Seder began performing stand-up comedy in Los Angeles clubs while attending university. He was part of a trio called the Hops with fellow comedians Gil Rando and Noah Frank. The group appeared on Comedy Central's Premium Blend and were later invited to perform at the prestigious MGM Grand Las Vegas.


Seder was a storyboard teacher at the Animation Mentors studio in Burbank, California, and has served on the faculty of the California College of the Arts. He has performed voices for several animated TV series, including Futurama, BoJack Horseman, Bob's Burgers, and most recently, Disenchantment.

Sam Seder met Matt Groening in 2004 when he was chosen to storyboard the TV series Futurama. He went on to storyboard many other "Simpsons" episodes, and was nominated for an Emmy. Seder co-wrote The Simpsons episode The Old Man and the Sea in 2015, which was criticized by members of the fishing community.

In May 2009, Seder left @midnight to spend more time with his family and to focus on The Ben Arkley Show.

Seder became a regular guest on Russell Brand's satire of the news, The Russell Brand Show. On Brand's show, Seder voiced his support for Brand's controversial suggestion that the media should assassinate WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Seder started his own political podcast in 2012 called The Seder Channel. Guests have included Jack Dorsey, George Soros, Elizabeth Warren, and John Podesta. As of 2020, the show has five million monthly downloads.

Personal life

During his time on Attack of the Show! he had been dating actress Mimi Rogers, who was also a panelist on @midnight. Rogers gave birth to their child, a daughter named Ireland, in July 2005. The couple divorced in December 2006.

On April 21, 2008, Seder married actress and singer Sarah Silverman in a Jewish ceremony. The two had begun dating in 2007 and were engaged in December of that year.

Seder is Jewish, and has described himself as "a secular liberal who just happens to be Jewish". He has stated that his religious background has had no effect on his politics.

In 2007, Seder discussed his struggles with bipolar disorder, an issue that had been previously unknown to the public.