about

I’m a Chicago-based writer and stand-up comedian interested in whales, Southwest Michigan, flirting, classical music, and the film, Force Majeure. Most often I’m found writing about classical music for The Awl and about movies for Bright Wall/Dark Room. I perform stand-up in and around the city of Chicago and the midwest at large. Chicago Magazine named me the Best Rising Comic in 2016, which was generous and unexpected. I’m currently an Associate Video Director at The Onion. Please do not email me at my personal email address in regards to anything Onion-related.

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me (pictured right)

email // franhoepfner [at] gmail [dot] com
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selected clips

2017
Is there anyone better than Bill Nighy? How, if at all, has The Truman Show prepared us for the coming of Jake Paul? Will I ever get over my trauma of playing Stravinsky’s Pétrouchka?

2016
How has The Lonely Island so perfect and funny and stupid for the last decade? What happens when you travel cross-country for a first Tinder date? How do you move on from your forever apartment in a culture of constantly moving forward?

2015
What happens when you put all of your crushes in a Facebook group together? Is Zac Efron a character actor in a leading man’s body? Any further questions about Magic Mike XXL?