The Videos

The Man

Zach Anner is an award-winning comedian, show host, and public speaker. In 2011, he won his own travel show on the Oprah Winfrey Network, Rollin’ With Zach. He also hosted the shows Have A Little Faith for Rainn Wilson’s media company SoulPancake, and Riding Shotgun and Workout Wednesdays on his own YouTube channel, which has over 10 million hits. Zach lives in Buffalo, NY and Austin, TX, and spends most of his spare time in his underwear, thinking about how he can change the world.

Zach Anner

Publicity Inquiries: Carolyn O’Keefe / Henry Holt & Co.
Speaking Inquiries: Justin Levine / Macmillan Speakers Bureau

The Book

“Zach Anner is way more than an inspirational figure… he’s also a great f**king writer.” —Lena Dunham

Comedian Zach Anner opens his frank and devilishly funny book, If at Birth You Don’t Succeed, with an admission: he botched his own birth, entering the world with cerebral palsy and an uncertain future. So how did a kid who almost failed kindergarten blossom into a viral internet sensation who’s hosted two travel shows, impressed Oprah, driven the Mars Rover, and inspired a John Mayer song? (It wasn’t “Your Body Is a Wonderland.”) If at Birth You Don’t Succeed is a hilariously irreverent and heartfelt memoir about finding your passion and your path—even when it’s paved with epic misadventure.


“Cerebral palsy couldn’t stop Anner from becoming a celeb, traveling the world, and Friending Oprah (for starters).” —Cosmopolitan

“Zach makes you want to be a better person, with his humor and his heart and everything he’s had to deal with from the time he was born. I’ve never met anyone like him, and I’ve met a lot of people.” —Oprah Winfrey

“Zach Anner is a truly inspiring and hysterical human being with a warped sense of humor (and body). He’s also an exceptional writer and his memoir is an absolute joy.” —Rainn Wilson

“Zach Anner is the living definition of ‘giving better than he’s gotten.’ Life dealt him a difficult hand but he managed to beat the house with humor, heart, and a fearless punk attitude. Required reading.” —Patton Oswalt

“I love Zach Anner and I love his memoir. If everyone were a little more like Zach, the world may not be a better place, but it would be funnier place, which is a great step forward.” —Alexis Ohanian

“Wonderful… Anner’s comedy is the peppy, uplifting sort you’d expect from someone who Oprah says ‘makes [her] want to be a better person,’ such as his elaborate Olive Garden metaphors for the nature of life…. Anner remarks wryly that being expected to act as an ambassador for the disabled ‘is a tightrope walk, which is hard on four wheels.’ Maybe so, but with this book, he makes it look easy.” —Publishers Weekly

“Funny, empowering…An inspirational memoir with a seasoned, infectious sense of humor… [Anner’s book chronicles] his three decades of life (so far) with cerebral palsy, a permanent condition that hasn’t prevented him from living his dream as a comic, a media sensation, and a motivational speaker.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Forget the travel show, Oprah. Give him a sitcom.” —The New York Times

“Our favorite lovable, optimistic, and absolutely hilarious YouTube star in a wheelchair.” —The Huffington Post

“He’s a unique, creative kid with a smart, edgy sense of humor.” —Arsenio Hall

“Meet Zach Anner… He’s handsome, smart, and funny [and] has won… legions of online fans.” —Tara Parker-Pope

“Zach Anner… Internet folk hero.” —Vulture

“I think I speak for everybody when I say…I want to see more of Zach.” —John Mayer

If at Birth Your Don't Succeed Book Cover

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The Events

Meet Zach Anner as he reads from his debut memoir If at Birth You Don’t Succeed.

Jacksonville, FL

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016


Interfaith Week Keynote Address

University of North Florida
1 University of North Florida Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32224

Pasadena, CA

Thursday, March 10th, 2016


Vroman's Bookstore

695 E Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91101

Austin, TX

Monday, March 14th, 2016


SXSW - Making Reality Shows That Don’t Suck

Four Seasons Hotel, Ballroom AB
98 San Jacinto Blvd
Austin, TX 78701

Austin, TX

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016


SXSW - The Art of Starting From Nothing

Austin Convention Center – Room 17B
531 East 4th Street
Austin, TX 78701

Austin, TX

Monday, March 21st, 2016


Book People

with John Pierson
603 North Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78703

New York, NY

Thursday, March 24th, 2016


NeueHouse with Michael Hainey

110 E 25th St
(Between Park and Lex)
New York, NY 10010

San Antonio, TX

Saturday, April 2nd, 2016

2:15 PM-3:00 PM

San Antonio Book Festival

San Antonio Book Festival
West Terrace, Library 3rd Floor

Kingwood, TX

Saturday, April 9th, 2016

10:30 AM

Lone Star Book Fair

20000 Kingwood Drive
Kingwood, TX 77339

Buffalo, NY

Friday, April 15th, 2016


Burchfield Penney Art Center

with Barbara Cole

1300 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14222

Co-sponsored by Talking Leaves and Just Buffalo Literary Center

Madison, Wisconsin

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

7:00 PM

University of Wisconsin, Madison

Disabilities Awareness Week

Shannon Hall

Mississippi disAbiliity MegaConference

Thursday, June 16th, 2016

6:30 PM

Jackson, Mississippi

Marriott Hotel

Downtown Jackson

Also June 17 11:15 PM

Get in Touch


Publicity Inquiries: Carolyn O’Keefe / Henry Holt & Co.
Speaking Inquiries: Colleen Osborne / Macmillan Speakers Bureau
Fan Mail:

“Zach did such an incredible job. He incorporated humor, inspiration, success and failures into his presentation and kept people mesmerized! As he would say, ‘it was AWESOME!’ I’m so glad that I had an opportunity to meet him, even if it was brief.”
— Christina Ward, CMS, Administrative Executive
Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards

“We can’t even begin to tell you the overwhelming response that we got from our folks about Zach. He was THE hit of our conference. Everyone said that of our three speakers, John Jacobs, Co-founder of Life is Good, Jan Hargrave, our body language expert (who was a huge hit) and Zach, … Zach DEFINITELY stole the show. It is the perfect message for any business. We did not know what to expect but the flow of his whole presentation, the slides to go with it, his humor and his underlying message was PERFECT.”
— Kimberly Beals Barkwell, VP Ambling Magagement

“He was outstanding and everybody enjoyed what he had to say.”
— Hugh Hodge

“He had the best message. What a great outlook he has on life. Thanks for having him at the conference.”
— Steve Harvey

“He was my favorite speaker! What a great outlook on life!!”
— Ashley Brown Tucker, Ambling Management

Zach spoke at University of Illinois at Champaign which was both Interfaith Dialogue and his career as an entertainer.

These are lifted from an article in The Daily Illini:

Wantland said that “Anner’s use of humor can give people different perspectives about tough topics like religion, ability, race and gender issues. It also may allow people to reshape past insecurities about those who are different from them and shed these topics into a more personal light.”

“Zach is one voice to provide some humanizing narrative,” Wantland said. “And I feel that Zach’s message will create a space where we can have some of the dialogues that we need to be having with each other, and … create communities of compassion and fairness.”

“I think that one of the things that we can learn from his work is that people with disabilities don’t necessarily have to be shown in disability-specific contexts,” she said. “His (interfaith) work isn’t explicitly centered on a disability-specific thing.”

Zach Anner SpeakingClaremont Lincoln University, Claremont, CaliforniaZach Anner on a Panel

An Evening called “Uncomfortable Conversations” which Zach co-hosted with Rainn Wilson. This was along the lines of an Interfaith dialogue.

Zach Anner Speaking to Students

Zach Anner speaks at the SDRP Ikenberry Commons. Photo credit: The Daily Illini