Writer, Cat Owner


“Ira Bloom is a rare talent, thank god.”
-Scott Russell, some kind of professor or janitor, University of Michigan, Flint


Ira Bloom

I grew up in Annapolis Maryland. My mother is an artist and my father was a judge on the Maryland Court of Special Appeals.

I studied English Literature at the University of Maryland, College Park. I also have some background in Eastern religions. After college I moved to Japan, where I taught ESL. I married a beautiful Japanese woman named Yasuko, moved to LA and taught junior high school English, ESL, and Japanese for the Los Angeles Unified School district. I am conversational in Japanese, but by no means consider myself fluent. After serving my debt to society in LA Unified, I went into the fashion business with my wife, who is a very talented fashion designer and is likely to read this, so I can’t say enough good things about her. We eventually branched into the vintage kimono business. I probably know more about Japanese textiles than any straight white man you’re likely to encounter. I’ve been writing humor for FUNNY TIMES since 2010. I currently live in West Sonoma County with my family and an assortment of furry beasts.



Don’t quit your day job.
— Raymond Lessor, editor of Funny Times
You’re no Erma Bombeck.
— Mary Lou Bloom, Mother
You’re a kook.
— Dr. Jessica Bloom-Foster, family medicine and part-time cousin.