Broke-Ass Stuart

San Francisco, CA

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I wanted to be a travel writer so I started making zines and selling them from my backpack. They were called Broke-Ass Stuart's Guide to Living Cheaply in San Francisco volumes 1 & 2. There was no distribution, I did it all by foot and by bus and I was in like 30 stores. I won some local awards got some groupies and became underground famous. I got my zines in the hands of someone at Lonely Planet who liked them and I got to write the Ireland chapter for the Western Europe and Europe on a Shoestring books. I was finally, officially, a travel writer; I even had business cards that said so. After Ireland I decided that doing everything myself was too much work, and that if I was gonna continue to do the whole Broke-Ass Stuart thing, I wanted to have a publisher so all I would have to do is write books, and let them handle the rest. I blew every guy in Hollywood before I realized that the publishing industry was based in New York. Then (this part is actually real) I found Seven Footer on Craigslist, and conned them into putting out my books…suckers. I ended up doing 3 books with Seven Footer: Broke-Ass Stuart's Guide to Living Cheaply in San Francisco, a New York version, and finally a general guide book called Young, Broke and Beautiful. This last book was a how-to guide to begin a broke-ass everywhere. Between the SF and NY books I launched my website as an arts and culture destination for broke folks in SF and NYC. And then between the NY book and the Young, Broke and Beautiful book, I co-created and hosted a travel show on IFC, also called Young, Broke and Beautiful. It was pretty fucking sweet. Since then I've been doing a lot of freelance writing, event throwing, MCing, and general weirdness. My life is strange and I like it that way. I did a bar column for 7x7 for over two years called The Weeknighter (because weekends are for amateurs), and I've now moved that column to The SF Bay Guardian. I'm currently writing my ass off and working on getting a web series or two off the ground. I'm really fucking busy...in the best way possible.

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My Story

I wanted to be a travel writer so I started making zines and selling them from my backpack. They were called Broke-Ass Stuart's Guide to Living Cheaply in San Francisco volumes 1 & 2. There was no distribution, I did it all by foot and by bus and I was in like 30 stores. I won some local awards got some groupies and became underground famous.

I got my zines in the hands of someone at Lonely Planet who liked them and I got to write the Ireland chapter for the Western Europe and Europe on a Shoestring books. I was finally, officially, a travel writer; I even had business cards that said so.

After Ireland I decided that doing everything myself was too much work, and that if I was gonna continue to do the whole Broke-Ass Stuart thing, I wanted to have a publisher so all I would have to do is write books, and let them handle the rest. I blew every guy in Hollywood before I realized that the publishing industry was based in New York. Then (this part is actually real) I found Seven Footer on Craigslist, and conned them into putting out my books…suckers.

I ended up doing 3 books with Seven Footer: Broke-Ass Stuart's Guide to Living Cheaply in San Francisco, a New York version, and finally a general guide book called Young, Broke and Beautiful. This last book was a how-to guide to begin a broke-ass everywhere.

Between the SF and NY books I launched my website as an arts and culture destination for broke folks in SF and NYC. And then between the NY book and the Young, Broke and Beautiful book, I co-created and hosted a travel show on IFC, also called Young, Broke and Beautiful. It was pretty fucking sweet.

Since then I've been doing a lot of freelance writing, event throwing, MCing, and general weirdness. My life is strange and I like it that way. I did a bar column for 7x7 for over two years called The Weeknighter (because weekends are for amateurs), and I've now moved that column to The SF Bay Guardian.

I'm currently writing my ass off and working on getting a web series or two off the ground.

I'm really fucking busy...in the best way possible.

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  • Stuart Schuffman

    Writer, TV host, Motherfucking Hustler

    Stuart Schuffman, aka Broke-Ass Stuart, is a travel writer and TV host. He's probably best known for his print and online guides to living cheaply in San Francisco and New York, making him the only person known to have been called 'the pimp daddy of budget travel'. Stuart was a co-creator and host for the travel TV show Young, Broke & Beautiful on IFC. As a freelancer, his work has been featured in Lonely Planet, Conde Nast Traveler, US Airways Magazine, 7x7, The San Francisco Bay Guardian, The Bold Italic, and more. His most recent book is Young, Broke & Beautiful: Broke-Ass Stuart's Guide to Living Cheaply, but until those hit the big time, he's still living the broke-ass life.

    Check out his website BrokeAssStuart.com

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