Nick Zaino Iii

Nick Zaino Iii


It's not unusual for me to interview a local Boston comedian in the morning, a baseball shoe manufacturer after lunch, and a musician heading to SXSW in the afternoon. That's one of the best aspects of being a freelance writer. Some people would call it scattered. I'd call it keeping engaged and learning.

Though I have developed an expertise as one of few writers in America covering stand-up comedy on a weekly basis, I've also written everything from sports profiles to short news pieces and cultivated a knowledge of music, film, and books. I'm always up for the challenge of writing about something new.

I have written for a variety of publications, including The Boston Globe, The Boston Phoenix, Blurt, Mental Floss, Playboy,, The New England Baseball Journal, Paste, No Depression, and others. For seven and a half years, I wrote a weekly column on comedy for The Boston Globe.

Boston Globe Features Features

Music Features and Reviews

Work History

Work History
Jan 1997 - Present

Freelance Writer


As a freelance writer, I have written for Playboy, Mental Floss, The Boston Globe, The Boston Phoenix,,, No Depression, Blurt, Paste, The New England Baseball Journal, The New England Ski Journal, and a variety of other publications.

2008 - Present

TV Blogger


I write about TV for AOL's site, interviewing actors and comedians and writing reviews and features. Interviews have included Olivia Munn, Andy Richter, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Karen Gillan, Matt Smith, Katharine McPhee, Lisa Kudrow, 'Simpsons' producer Al Jean, 'Conan' writer Brian Kiley, and Brian Posehn.

Jun 2001 - Nov 2008

Globe Correspondent -- Comedy Notes Columnist

The Boston Globe

For seven and a half years, I covered comedy for the Boston Globe, writing the Comedy Notes column. I profiled local and national comedians and covered the club scene. Interviews included George Carlin, Steven Wright, Lily Tomlin, Jon Stewart, Lewis Black, Eugene Mirman, Joan Rivers, Bill Maher, The Kids In the Hall, Ron White, Janeane Garofalo, Patton Oswalt, Denis Leary, Kathy Griffin, Dick Gregory, Mort Sahl, Jackie Mason, Barry Crimmins, Howard Zinn, Patrice O'Neal, Joel McHale, Henry Rollins, Jeff Garlin, and John Oliver.


Sep 1991 - Jun 1996


SUNY Buffalo