Stuart Schuffman popularly known as Broke-Ass Stuart, is a contemporary American travel writer and blogger known for his guide book Broke-Ass Stuart’s Guide to Living Cheaply in San Francisco, of which he released two versions in zine form and one in book form. His travel documentary television series Young, Broke & Beautiful debuted in June 2011 on IFC.
His zines won “Best Local Zine” in the San Francisco Bay Guardian‘s yearly “Best of the Bay” issue. He has been described as an “SF cult hero” and “the pimp daddy of budget travel”. He contributed to Lonely Planet’s books Western Europe and Europe on a Shoestring for which he did the Ireland chapters. Schuffman’s travel writings are mostly in first-person narrative form, with stories and information. In 2008, he released Broke-Ass Stuart’s Guide to Living Cheaply in New York City. His adage, seen on his websites and all of his merchandise, is “You are Young, Broke and Beautiful.”
Schuffman is the “Editor in Cheap” for a popular arts, culture, and events website for San Francisco and New York. He is also a food, drink, and night life culture contributor to the San Francisco Bay Guardian.
In 2014 Schuffman began the Kind of Late Show with Broke-Ass Stuart, a late night variety show with a “distinctly San Francisco Flavor.” The show is recorded live at Doc’s Lab in San Francisco and is broadcast as a web series on YouTube. The same year, Schuffman also released a new zine, “Love Notes and Other Disasters.”
Schuffman was a candidate for Mayor of San Francisco in the 2015 election, according to the official candidates list.