What is Both Are True?

Absurd, honest comedy delivered twice a weekish through the vulnerable personal essays of Alex Dobrenko: friend to all, father to one, and tv actor+writer to anyone hiring.

Untitled, Karman Verdi, Photography, 2020

What readers are saying:

Hard to explain, easy to love. These essays are always funny, and they always hit just right. For something completely different, original, hilarious, heartfelt and vulnerable, check out Both Are True.

, writer of Situation Normal

I subscribed because of the realness, the raw truth and vulnerability in your writing about human feelings and relations. It doesn’t get any better than that.

Such beautiful, timeless writing about family, and love and loss and internal divides. The past is a big place. Your writing brings me back there.

— Linda Hardison

I just want to say how refreshing it is to read/listen to a comedian with a heart, or more accurately, willing to show his heart. It's unique and wonderful.

In this day when life is far too serious, this is golden.

, writer of Tales of a Wayward Yogini

"Something about your writing has compelled me to not only subscribe, but also pay and now make my first ever public comment on the internet outside my personal social media accounts.

— Jason

I love this essay--so beautiful and real. You writing makes me think of my own family — the bad, the good, the ugly, the imperfect.

, writer of The Ariadne Archive

Your writing is completely engaging and somewhat addictive. I adore your sense of fun and zany whimsy.

— Joan W.

Christ you can write. Thank you.

— Lasagna

So wait, who is Alex Dobrenko?

A comedian, writer and actor living in Los Angeles, CA.

I was told the last image here was too serious so here’s this instead. you can still see the other image below.

You can catch Alex in the upcoming films KIMI from Steven Soderbergh and BABYLON from Damien Chazelle.

Alex created, wrote and produced an 11 episode digital series called Distance that was nominated for a Gotham Independent Film Breakthrough Series award and received praise from the New York Times, Paste Magazine, and Vulture who called it “Digital’s Next Step”.

Alex was born in Ukraine and moved to America when he was 7 years old. He studied screenwriting at Brown University and began making comedy videos on Twitter during the pandemic. Some have gone low key viral, which is cool.

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Alex Dobrenko`
sinner, saint, does not feel ashamed.