|File:Lex Jurgen with Dogs and Tiger.jpg|
|Born||04 January 1975|
|Alma mater||Yale University|
|Occupation||author, comedian, satirist, podcaster|
Lex Jurgen (born 4 January 1975) is the host of the long-running Last Men on Earth podcast, the former editor-in-chief of media satire site, WWTDD.com, and the author of the non-fiction title, "Man Rules: The Beginner's Guide to Manhood".
Early life[edit | edit source]
Jurgen was born and raised in Chicago to a Jewish mother and an Estonian immigrant father. His given name, Alexander, was after his grandfather who died in the second World War from battle fatigue. The author and social commentator has gone by the name "Lex" since an early age, for as Jurgen puts it, "In my neighborhood, nobody could afford more than a single syllable." Jurgen attended multiple Chicago area public schools as a result of disciplinary reasons, before ultimately ending up in a metallurgical trade school. Jurgen would later attend an Ivy League university he described as "incredibly self-important".
Professional career[edit | edit source]
Jurgen began his career working with an Arlington, Virginia based defense contractor specializing in Armed Forces forward provisional deployment. During his off-time, Jurgen penned TV and film scripts, which would see him signed by the then William Morris Agency and move to Hollywood. It was during this time period that Jurgen developed his particular distaste for the vapid players and celebrities in the industry and turned to satire to channel his rage.
Blogging[edit | edit source]
Jurgen is best known for his long tenure as the editor and lead writer for the of the popular counter-Hollywood blog, WWTDD.com, with a monthly audience of three million unique readers. During his time at WWTDD, Jurgen rankled the media elite with harsh missives he referred to as "the anti-People magazine". Jurgen was routinely threatened by celebrity publicists and attorneys for his work. Jurgen's commentary was often cited in news outlets such as Fox News, The New York Post, and The Huffington Post when they were looking for unvarnished opinions they couldn't attribute internally.
At the start of 2018, Jurgen left WWTDD to pen long form social commentary for the site, TerribleWords.com, with the premise that the truth is widely scorned as "something terrible" in modern times. Jurgen's commentary focuses heavily on modern hashtag campaigns, social media hysteria, and the fallout to culture from wild-eyed political rhetoric replacing intellectual honesty.
Jurgen also operates the highly-trafficked true crime scandal site, CaseyAnthony.com, where he puts names and faces to his growing obsessions with female criminals, most especially female teachers arrested daily for sex crimes with students.
Podcasting and Radio[edit | edit source]
In 2015, Jurgen launched The Last Men on Earth Podcast with comedian and actor, Matt Ralston. The pair discuss trending media and entertainment stories of the week as "the last two men left on the planet" in the wake of the emasculation of the remainder of their gender. While the show has had multiple sponsors over time, Jurgen presents comically relevant Sponsors of the Week, often abstract ideas he's debunking from current events. The show features comedic banter and reasonably high-minded debate over topics the hosts find particularly rankling them in the news. Guests often appear on the show in-person or via phone, largely comedians, but also other podcasters, TV show cast members, and once a male-life-coach who did not go over too well with the hosts. The shows typically go for an hour to an hour and a half of long form commentary, intended for drive-time or work-time consumption by their audience.
The show recently produced it's 119th episode and has been downloaded through its primary sources several hundred thousand times. The show is not part of any podcast network, though the hosts have mentioned perhaps doing so in the future if they can retain creative control.
In 2016, Jurgen became a regular guest on the Morning Blaze Internet radio show with Doc Thompson. Jurgen featured a recurring weekly segment called "Hollywood Headlines" where he provided the larger Blaze network audience his own comedic take on the big stories in Hollywood. These stories typically skewered the celebrities, providing large laughs for an audience outside of the media capitals that revels in such counter-elite roasting.
Books[edit | edit source]
In 2016, Jurgen released the book, "Man Rules: The Beginner's Guide to Manhood", a biting set of 99 rules to "re-masculate" the Millennial Male. Jurgen claims to have written the book during the time of his cancer surgeries, fearing that he would leave the world without providing "a sunstone set of crystals for the men of the planet as did the Kryptonians for Kal-El." The rules in the book cover an array of male-specific social, personal, and professional short form topics including, "Men Don't Cry, Especially in the Dark", "Masturbate Like a Spartan", and "Grown Men Do Not Have Birthday Parties". The book also contains very practical rules such as tools to have around the house, basic survival tips, and a rabid debunking of any masculinity associated with either fantasy sports or video game play.
While the book was derided by some as a "old school man's club charter", even featured on PBS's "To the Contrary" with an interview with Jurgen, the book was later understood for its original purpose, which was to mock Millennial Males in terms of their growing uselessness. The primary audience for the humorous book soon became Millennial aged women who expressed their own dismay with the "lack of cowboys" in the dating pool. Other women purchased the book as gifts with a hint for their brothers, boyfriends, sons, and nephews.
Jurgen is currently at work on his followup book, "Dad Rules: Things to Know Before You Get Pee in Your Face".
Comedy[edit | edit source]
Jurgen occasionally performs unannounced standup comedy sets at bars around the Los Angeles area.
References[edit | edit source]
- "American Management Systems". Wikipedia. 2017-08-24.
- Falzone, Diana (2017-08-31). "Model claims prostitution is commonplace in the industry". Fox News. Retrieved 2018-03-21.
- "Fox News Has Actually Suggested Kim Kardashian Staged Her Robbery". HuffPost UK. 2016-10-06. Retrieved 2018-03-21.
- "Lex Jurgen Departs WWTDD After Five Years as Editor in Chief". PRWeb. Retrieved 2018-03-25.
- "Last Men On Earth – We had a good run there for a while". lastmenonearth.com. Retrieved 2018-03-21.
- "About – Last Men On Earth". lastmenonearth.com. Retrieved 2018-03-21.
- "Last Men On Earth by Lex Jurgen & Matt Ralston on Apple Podcasts". Apple Podcasts. Retrieved 2018-03-21.
- "Libsyn - Podcast Hosting Services". www.libsyn.com. Retrieved 2018-03-21.
- "Hollywood Headlines (w/ Lex Jurgen) - The Morning Blaze with Doc Thompson - Omny.fm". omny.fm. Retrieved 2018-03-21.
- "Fortress of Solitude". Wikipedia. 2018-03-15.
- "To The Contrary with Bonnie Erbe - TTC Extra: "Man Rules" for Millennial Males - Twin Cities PBS". Twin Cities PBS. Retrieved 2018-03-21.
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