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Karen Han (@karenyhan on Twitter) is a writer for various publications including Vulture, Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, VICE, /Film, Polygon, The Daily Beast, The Village Voice, Vox, The New York Times and more. 


Karen appeared on the The Weight of Water episode of Blank Check, together with her friend Emma Stefansky. They have a #TheTwoFriends-like relationship, in which Karen is the Griffin analogue due to her preoccupation with comedic bits that irritate the more serious (and taller) Emma.

Her first book, Bong Joon Ho: Dissident Cinema, is set to be published by Abrams in November 2022.

Karen’s Boys[]

She is known for her group of "Karen's Boys" which is a collection of character actors who - even though they might not be considered the most conventionally attractive people in Hollywood - Karen is infatuated with. Members of this exclusive club include but are not limited to: Ben Mendelsohn, Andy Serkis, Ciarán Hinds, Bill Nighy, Richard E. Grant, and Jim Beaver, among others.

March Madness[]

Karen has been a vocal support of director Gore Verbinski during every March Madness. In March Madness 2018 he was the number 8 seed and was knocked out in the second round against Guillermo del Toro. In March Madness 2019 he was again the number 8 seed, but was defeated in the second round by the eventual victor Jonathan Demme. He was absent from he 2020 bracket, as he never won an Academy Award for Best Director (but did win for Best Animated Feature — Rango). He was nominated for a Razzie for best director for The Lone Ranger, but lost to all 15 directors of Movie 43. For the 2021 tournament she picked Verbinski for her contribution to the Guest Bracket, in which he was the number 1 seed. [1] The tournament was riddled with controversy, and while Verbinski technically won there was overwhelming evidence of bots skewing the vote. #TheTwoFriends decided that John Carpenter would be the winner, and Karen appeared on the Escape from New York episode.


Main Feed[]

# Title Audio Guest(s) Length Date Series
132 The Weight of Water 🔊 Karen Han
Emma Stefansky
1:53 10/22/2017 Pod-19: The Widowcaster
214 Dumbo 🔊 Karen Han 2:26 4/28/2019 Podward Scissorcast
340 Escape from New York 🔊 Karen Han 2:18 9/5/2021 They Podcast


  1. @blankcheckpod, A SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM @karenyhan. Retrieved September 5, 2021.