March 5th, 2012
Biography & Press Kit
Tucker Max received his BA from the University of Chicago in 1998, and his JD from Duke Law School in 2001. He even attended Duke Law School on an academic scholarship, where he neglected to buy any of his textbooks for his final two years and spent part of one semester–while still enrolled in classes–living in Cancun.
His first book, I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell, is a #1 New York Times Best Seller, spent five years on the list, and has over 2 million copies in print. His second book, Assholes Finish First, and his third book, Hilarity Ensues, are also NY Times Best Sellers. He co-wrote and produced the movie based on his life/book, also titled “I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell.” He has also been credited with being the originator and leader of a new literary genre, “fratire,” is only the third writer (after Malcolm Gladwell and Michael Lewis) to ever have three books on the NY Times Nonfiction Best Seller List at one time, and was nominated to the Time Magazine 100 Most Influential List in 2009. He currently lives in Austin, Texas.
Weight: 175 lbs
Hometown: Lexington, KY
Current Residence: Austin, TX
High School: Blair Academy, ’95
College: The University of Chicago (BA ’98). Can you believe the irony? The school where fun goes to die produced one of the premier partiers of his generation. And I graduated in three years, top ten percent of my class, and with highest honors (summa cum laude).
Graduate School: Duke Law School (JD, ’01). Duke even gave me an academic scholarship.
Marital Status: Single. Should be obvious.
Siblings: None. That should be obvious also.
Other Information: Frequently Asked Questions
Because some people seem to get confused on aspects of my history, this is a basic list of dates/facts relevant to my writing:
May 1995: Graduated Blair Academy.
June 1998: Graduated University of Chicago (BA, Law, Letters and Society).
January 2000: Original website, “The Tucker Max Date Application,” went up as a bet between me and some friends in law school.
May 2000: Site taken down when we all went to our summer jobs (the one I got fired from).
May 2001: Graduated from Duke (JD).
June 2002: Decided to write full time. Sent out several of my stories–which were originally emails to my friends–to every agent, publisher, newspaper, magazine and assorted other media outlet in existence.
August 2002: Got rejected from every single one, without exception. Moved to Chicago.
September 2002: Launched TuckerMax.com.
May 2003: Two things happened in the same month to launch me to notoriety: Miss Vermont sued me, and the case was covered in every major newspaper and media outlet, and the documentary that MTV filmed about me debuted.
August 2003: Accepted TV deal with 20th Century FOX.
October 2004: Accepted book deal with Kensington Books.
May 2005: Finished my first book, I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell.
January 2006: I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell published. Hits NY Times best seller list for first time, staying on for two weeks. Moved to NYC.
September 2006: Second TV deal, this time with Comedy Central.
April 2007: Accepted deal for second book, Assholes Finish First, with Simon & Schuster.
May 2007: I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell goes back on the NY Times Best Seller list based just on word of mouth. Stays there for over four years.
Sept 2007: Moved to LA to finalize plans for movie based on I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell.
May 2008: Movie deal finalized, production begins.
June 2008: Shooting begins in Shreveport, Louisiana.
March 2009: Nominated to Time Magazine Most Influential List. In popular voting, finished 24th, above The Pope and the Dalai Lama.
Sept 2009: I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell, the movie, released in theaters.
October 2009: Moved to Austin, Texas.
November 2009: I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell hits #1 on the NY Times Best Seller List for the first time, after five calendar years on the list.
Sept 2010: Assholes Finish First released in hardcover.
Oct 2010: Assholes Finish First debuts at #3 on NY Times Best Seller List
Oct 2011: Assholes Finish First released in paperback.
Feb 2012: Hilarity Ensues and Sloppy Seconds: The Tucker Max Leftovers released
Feb 2012: Hilarity Ensues debuts at #2 on NY Times Best Seller List
Feb 2012: Tucker Max officially retires from fratire
Mar 2012: Tucker Max becomes only the second person, after Malcolm Gladwell, to ever put three books on the NY Times Non-Fiction Best Seller list at one time
Interviews and Press
- Time’s Most Influential List Nomination
- Dude Here’s My Book [The NY Times Article on Fratire]
- Best overall understanding of Tucker’s work
- Review of Assholes Finish First
- Psychology Today interview by Scott Barry Kaufman
- Elevate Difference
- Interview centering around life choices
- One of my favorite interviews ever
- Huffington Post piece about Fratire
- Harvard Crimson Interview
- Tucker Max Press Interview
- Boston Globe
- Fox News Interview
- Raleigh News & Observer
- Tucker Max in a ‘Hell’ of his own making [LA Times piece on the movie]
- Rude, Crude and Coming to a Theater Near You [NY Times piece on the movie]