Bio

Considered "one of the smartest observers" of media & politics today, Blake Zeff is known for writing and producing path-breaking commentary on modern American society. He created the viral satirical character Carl Diggler, a fictional political pundit that shined a light on the media's flaws in covering American politics. The parody franchise took the media world by storm during the 2016 presidential election, nabbing profiles everywhere from the New Yorker to the Washington Post, with a TV series currently in development.

Zeff also created and hosted a ground-breaking investigative video spotlighting a water poisoning scandal in Hoosick Falls, NY, as well as the subsequent cover-up by the state government. After the expose was released, state hearings were called to probe the government’s response. In addition, he made news when his cringe-inducing interview of then-Chair of the Democratic National Committee, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, about political debates went viral. Shortly thereafter, she finally agreed to debate her primary opponent when the interview was featured in his campaign ad.

The Chief Content Officer of the satirical video brand CAFE Originals, Zeff is also a well-known host & commentator on television and radio (regularly appearing on MSNBC, where he frequently hosted "The Cycle," as well as on Sirius XM, CNN/HLN and NY1), and has written and edited for some of the nation's best-known publications including Vice, BuzzFeed, and Salon. His writing on New York politics for Capital New York resulted in several exclusive reports and influential columns, leading him to be called "Mr. New York politics.”

Previously, Zeff developed extensive experience in government and national campaigns. He was a senior aide on Capitol Hill to Sen. Chuck Schumer, and a senior policy adviser to New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who appointed him to develop and lead his Conviction Review Bureau, described by the New York Times as "the first statewide initiative by a law enforcement agency to address potential wrongful convictions." In presidential politics, Zeff worked as a communications strategist for Barack Obama's general election campaign in 2008, and for the primary campaign of Hillary Clinton. For his earlier work in strategic communications for campaigns, he was hailed in a profile by the New York Daily News as the Democratic Party's "secret election weapon."

Zeff is a graduate of Brown University, and lives with his family in Los Angeles.