The New Yorker Festival - Master Class in Humor Writing

  • by Andy Borowitz, Bruce McCall
  • Narrated by Andy Borowitz, Bruce McCall
  • 1 hrs and 35 mins
  • Speech

Publisher's Summary

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,, has won five Political Dot-Comedy Awards. He has been contributing humor pieces to The New Yorker since 1998.Bruce McCall has been a contributor of art and humor to The New Yorker since 1979. His books include The Last Dream-O-Rama; the memoir Thin Ice: Coming of Age in Canada, which was adapted for the documentary film Thin Ice; Zany Afternoons; and, most recently, All Meat Looks Like South America: The World of Bruce McCall, much of which first appeared in The New Yorker. His piece "Liberal Radio Network Employment Application" appeared in the March 29, 2004, issue of the magazine. He has just completed a mural for Delta Airlines, at 35th Street and Eighth Avenue, in Manhattan, which is the largest outdoor painting in America.


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Short and Simple - No Big Secrets

spoiler alert. You won't learn anything in this that will help you sell material to the New Yorker. They tell you as much early on. It's kind of a fun listen and not that expensive, so I would say it's worth a few bucks to buy it .I did. but they talk frankly about some general comedy ideas that you can get in much greater detail from books on improvisation. I'd recommend the recent Second City book. It has some very specific techniques that I think are much more fleshed out and helpful.
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- Robb Lightfoot "Or So It Seems (tm)"

Quick and Easy Master comedy class

Two great comedy writers basically sitting in a Town Hall forum to discuss their craft. Audio could be better when it comes to hearing the audience questions and the second speaker... But there are comedy nuggets of value.
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- Matt

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-16-2005
  • Publisher: The New Yorker