50 Words or Less(-ish) Fridays: Aaron Hartzler

This is just what the name implies: Each week, I ask someone interesting a question and request that she/he respond in 50 words or less.

Or somewhere in the ballpark of 50 words. That’s why there’s an “-ish.” I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but this site isn’t exactly a bastion of rigidity.

Aaron HartzlerToday I’m happy to welcome in Aaron Hartzler, a writer and actor whose autobiographical performances have been seen in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York, where he received a GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Off-Off Broadway Performance. You might have noticed him in the very first episode of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia in the role of “Handsome Guy”—although he says you may have missed him, too, because at the time, his hair was strangely blond and decidedly not very handsome. Aaron lives in southern California with his boyfriend, Nate (whom he says is decidedly very handsome), and their two dogs Charlie and Brahms.

Earlier this year, Aaron’s first book, Rapture Practice, was published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. It’s a coming-of-age memoir about growing up in a conservative Christian family, one where everyone is expectantly waiting for the Rapture, and discovering that even though you love each other, their beliefs won’t necessarily become yours.

That’s not deep or anything.

You can learn more about Aaron and his book on his website, aaronhartzler.com, and you can find him on Twitter as @aaron007.

cover of Rapture Practice by Aaron HartzlerSince he wrote a book that is clearly heavy on the soul-searching, I asked Aaron the only logical question:

What is your favorite funny moment from Rapture Practice?

Wait—there are funny moments? (Kidding.) I think it’s true that Comedy = Tragedy + Time. The quotations from my grandmother are my favorite. Also, Mom’s explanation of why He-Man displeased Jesus and Dad’s take on Amy Grant. Finally, I’ve grown to love the squirm-inducing humor of Dad insisting we talk masturbation.

And now for the oddest statement you will hear today, nay this entire weekend, NAY the rest of the year: The following is my all-time favorite father-son masturbation moment.

Roseanne, you were ahead of your time—even if Dan was out of his element.

Huge thanks to Aaron for stopping by this week and, more importantly, for opening up about his life to write this important book. As I know from working on the 33 Project, making yourself the main character isn’t always an easy thing to do.

Interested in being featured in “50 Words or Less(-ish) Fridays” or know someone who should be? Let me know. Also, feel free to check out the archive of past guests. But no pressure.

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