In the years after September 11th, Jon Stewart’s “Daily Show” made political satire a central part of the media landscape. This hour, we hear from some of today’s leading practitioners: The New Yorker’s Andy Borowitz; Trevor Noah, of The Daily Show; Bassem Youssef, and the founders of Reductress. Plus, an alt-right blogger turned White House correspondent explains that journalism is only politics by other means.
Andy Borowitz's books include Who Moved My Soap?: The CEO's Guide to Surviving in Prison, The Trillionaire Next Door: The Greedy Investor's Guide to Day Trading, Governor Arnold: A Photodiary of His First 100 Days in Office, and The Borowitz Report: The Big Book of Shockers. His Web site, Borowitzreport.com, has won five About.com Political Dot-Comedy Awards. He has been contributing humor pieces to The New Yorker since 1998.
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"Fuel Duel" by Dorothy Wickenden; "Hedgemony" by James Surowiecki; "Hollywood Heresy" by Peter J. Boyer; "Nazis Say the Darndest Things" by Andy Borowitz; "What the Dog Saw" by Malcolm Gladwell; "Don't Touch That Dial" by Tad Friend; and "Sink or Swim" by David Denby.
Andy Borowitz was here last week with friends Susie Essman, Hendrik Hertzberg, Calvin Trillin and surprise guest Lewis Black, for his Countdown to Election 2012. Before the panel took the stage, Borowitz performed a monologue on stage that had the audience, and his panel guests, in stitches.
Humor has been a mainstay of The New Yorker since the magazine's inception in 1925. Harold Ross, The New Yorker's founding editor, characterized his magazine as "a comic weekly", featuring the work of such writers as Dorothy Parker, James Thurber, S.J. Perelman, A.J. Liebling, and Ring Lardner, among the country's greatest literary humorists.
"Come Together", by Hendrik Hertzberg; "Not Your Father's Taliban", by Andy Borowitz; "The Daley Show", by Evan Osnos; "The Third Way", by Anthony Lane; and "Prime Suspect", by David Denby.
"Bitter Patter", by Hendrik Hertzberg; "Who (Hearts) Baltimore?", by Michael Schulman; "Parsing Paulson", by James Surowiecki; "Crazy English", by Evan Osnos; "Bullfighting", by Roddy Doyle; "Ask the Jihadist", by Andy Borowitz; and "Switching Places", by Anthony Lane.