About Fishful Thinking

Steve Fisher is an American humorist who has been writing satire since he was five. Already while still in kindergarten, he published his first collection entitled All I Really Need to Know I Learned Just Recently.

Steve is a native of Albany, New York, the city whose inhabitants are among the few Americans to know that it is, in fact, the state’s capital. He is a graduate of Boston University, an educational institution renowned for being in the same city as Harvard and MIT.

Soon after graduation, Steve began a briefly successful career as a stand-up comic, ultimately abandoning it after being repeatedly pursued by pitchfork-wielding crowds in several predominantly right-wing communities. While performing stand-up, he also appeared in comedic roles in two episodes of the NBC-TV series Miami Vice. It is worth noting that the roles were not originally intended to be comedic.

Following the collapse of the Iron Curtain in the early 1990s, Steve traveled to Prague, Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic) with the intention of spending a year there as a volunteer English teacher.

Now, some 20 years later, as you might already have guessed based on his past career intentions, he still lives in Prague, where he continues to write and to act, having appeared in more than 20 films shot on location in and around the Czech capital – including Hellboy, Van Helsing, Shanghai Knights and Hart’s War – usually as a relatively insignificant character who dies a horrific death within the first few minutes of the film.

As a writer, Steve is a regular contributor to The New Yorker, in the sense that he regularly contributes satirical articles to that well-respected magazine, each of which is then summarily returned as “not right for us.” In 2010, Steve launched Fishful Thinking, primarily as an on-line storage space for his growing archive of rejected New Yorker submissions.

In March 2012, Steve joined the Czech magazine Reflex (something like The New Yorker, only better) as its weekly humor columnist under the banner “Američan v Praze” (“An American in Prague”). Today he is writing happily, safe in the knowledge that Czechs are not the pitchfork-wielding type…at least up to now.