by Kent Cadogan Lottsgard and Aaron Broverman

Zach Anner, Oprah Winfrey, Kristina Kuzmic-Crocco

Zach Anner, Oprah Winfrey, Kristina Kuzmic-Crocco / Photo by Rahoul Ghose /Courtesy of OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network


In February, American television audiences learned that 26-year-old funnyman Zach Anner, who has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair, and home-cooking contender Kristina Kuzmic-Crocco, had been chosen as co-winners of the first season of 
Your OWN Show: Oprah’s Search for the Next TV Star. The reality competition brought together 10 contestants selected from over 15,000 applicants to each vie to host their own featured series on the new Oprah Winfrey Network.

Anner is a native of Buffalo, N.Y., and a filmmaker who studied in the radio-television-film program at the University of Texas at Austin. Long before becoming one of Oprah Winfrey’s two newest stars in training, he’d considered himself to be much more than just a sitting-down version of a