He is the winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship and is a former columnist for New York Press.
Mr. Ames's screenplay for his novel 'The Extra Man' is currently in post production, and stars Kevin Kline, Paul Dano, John C. Reilly and Katie Holmes. The directors are Shari Berman and Robert Pulcini, who also co-wrote the script.
Mr. Ames adapted his memoir 'What's Not to Love?' as a TV special for the Showtime network and he played himself. At the time, he said, "It's the role I've been waiting for!" The special aired in December 2007 and January 2008.
Besides writing, Jonathan Ames performs frequently as a storyteller (often with The Moth) and has been a guest on 'The Late Show with David Letterman.'
He has had two amateur boxing matches, fighting as "The Herring Wonder," and he had a one-man show off-off-Broadway, entitled 'Oedipussy.' Mr. Ames also had the lead role in the IFC film 'The Girl Under the Waves' and was a porn extra in the porn film 'C-Men.'