After spending time at Occidental College, Rider, 32, graduated magna cum laude from Columbia University in 2004 with a B.A. in English. He then went on to get an M.F.A. at Bennington College, graduating in June 2009. He currently co-runs Literary Disco, a literary podcast and blog. Together with his brother, Shiloh, Rider created a spec campaign commercial for Barack Obama in 2008 -- which became the first political ad to air on Comedy Central -- and wrote a graphic novel, "Blood Merchant."