Joe McDonough is an artist, author, musician, and comedian.

A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, he has exhibited artwork in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Miami.

He has studied performance and writing at The Second City-Chicago, Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre-LA and Anthony Meindl's Actor's Workshop in Los Angeles.

His fiction was selected by judge Karen Russell as one of nine finalists among 2,200 entries for the 2012 Zoetrope: All-Story Short Fiction Contest, and was listed out of 1,468 entries for the 2019 Fish Publishing Short Story Prize, judged by Colum McCann.

Born and raised in Durham, North Carolina, he currently divides his time between North Carolina and New York.