Joshua Fruhlinger was born and raised in Buffalo, New York, leaving him with a love of chicken wings and a tendency to say "pop". He taught ancient Greek and Roman history to undergraduates before fleeing from academia in terror; worked for a failed San Francisco dot-com that did not supply him with stock options or an Aeron chair; lived in Berlin, where he mostly ate Indian and Ethiopian food; and finished in third place on his sole Jeopardy! appearance (the correct answer was "Golda Meir").
In 2004, he started the Comics Curmudgeon, a blog that analyzes, mocks, and sometimes grudgingly respects the daily comics. It currently boasts more than 18,000 visitors a day, who tune in to learn about Rex Morgan, M.D.'s homoerotic subtext, For Better Or For Worse's antifeminist agenda, and Crock's terrible art and jokes. He also has a column on the political blog Wonkette.