I had a brief chat with The World on ABC TV about MAD tonight:
Hey friends! Terrible news... I have my first full-colour full-pager in MAD, out this week!
Even better is I get to share the great dishonour with fellow NYC comedian and hopelessly deranged MAD devotee, Ian Hunt. I'll be on his show tomorrow night at Parkside Comedy! Drop by for a drink and a laugh. Maybe a spew.
June 12th, 2019
Re: Response to Editorial Page Editor, James Bennet’s statement: June 10th, 2019.
On behalf of the membership of the National Cartoonists Society, the NCS Board of Directors express our great dismay at the decision announced to cease running daily editorial cartoons in all international editions of the New York Times as of July 1st, 2019 as they have already done for the domestic edition.
Editorial cartooning is an invaluable form of pointed critique in American newspapers that dates back to the 19th-century work of the legendary Thomas Nast, as well as to pamphlet images published by Benjamin Franklin. The history of our great nation can be read through the pens of our editorial artists and cartoonists. Journals of record are the conduits to this history.
The cartoonists that contribute to your publication are not mere hobbyists, but deeply committed life-long devotees to the art of political commentary. It is not a job that is taken lightly, nor done with ease. It is a passion that not only feeds the national and international conversation, but just as importantly, feeds their families.
The contribution of cartoonists to your publication are as important and viable as those of op-ed contributors, and yet you would never consider dropping the op-eds.
We find ourselves in a critical time in history when political insight is needed more than ever, yet we see more and more cartoonists vanishing from the pages of our publications. If we are to dull the voices of our most valued critics, satirists, and artists, we stand to lose much more than the ability to debate and converse; We lose our ability to grow as a society. We rob future generations of their opportunity to learn from our mistakes.
We would implore the management of the New York Times to reconsider their decision, and reinstate daily editorial cartoons to both the domestic and international editions of The New York Times in print and online.
National Cartoonist Society
Please forgive the sound quality!
Today's episode features special guest, New Yorker Cartoon Editor emeritus, Current Cartoon & Humor Editor of Esquire Magazine and Creator of the Cartoon Collections, Bob Mankoff.
Thank you for your support and to those who came out to the show, recorded live on stage at NCSFest 2019 in Huntington Beach, California.
Stay tuned to the YouTube channel for the video version of this episode.
This year’s NCSFest will unofficially kick off with my favourite comedy show in the world, Picture This!
I’ve had the privilege of being part of PT since its beginnings in 2013, and will be drawing AND performing in the show on Wednesday, May 15 at the Old Crow Smokehouse. Details in poster below. See you there!
I haven’t really done many book recommendations on the blog, but there are many I’d recommend for anyone interested in humor, writing or cartooning.
The best book I ever read on comedy wasn’t a ‘how-to’ or a compendium of interviews with comedians, it was an autobiography of someone who found something truly unique at a time when nobody else was doing what he was doing.
The book is Steve Martin’s “Born Standing Up". It charts his life from early childhood through to his perseverance as a magician, parlaying his skills into live stand-up comedy at a time when nobody else was able to parody what the newly formed ‘norms’ of comedy were.
It’s hear-breaking, funny, riveting, and one of the most memorable books I’ve ever read. I had absolutely no idea Steve Martin started as a magician, much less a touring comedian, when I was coming up as a comic in Australia. I just though he was a goofy rom-com movie actor who did silly films about being the Dad at weddings.
The absurd story of him being forced to perform to no audience so that people might look into the window and ‘see that something’s happening and might come in’ is only topped by the story of his audience that refused to leave, so he took them all outside into an empty swimming pool for an encore.
Interestingly, (and I think about this a lot), When Jerry Seinfeld asked Steve whether he would be successful if he did his act now, he said, “No.” and continued “It was of a time and a place, and that time has passed.”
I would highly recommend watching The Jerk before reading this book. —and if you have any inclination whatsoever to delve into the life of stand-up comedy, read this book before any other book. (You can take his Masterclass over on masterclass.com, too, but that’s a different story.)
Anyway. You can find the book here.
#NY 4th year anniversary!!! SAT 4/20 7p at Union Hall (702 Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11215)
COMEDY BY: Josh Gondelman, Larry Owens, Clare O'Kane, Karen Chee, Calise Hawkins, & Robert Dean! ANIMATION BY: Bryan Brinkman, Dan Pinto, Jason Chatfield, Patrick Hosmer, Victoria Elena Montes, Rachel Gitlevich & James Sugrue! HOSTED BY: Ian Fidance!
$8 online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/picture-this-tickets-571204417…or $10 at the door🚪
Episode #42: Live NYC Podcast with Ronny Chieng (Video)
April 9th @ Caveat, New York City.
Welcome back to a very special episode of Is There Something In This? with your old mates Scott Dooley and Jason Chatfield featuring our good friend, star of the new CBS sitcom "Super Simple Love Story" along with Comedy Central's The Daily Show, and the hit movie Crazy Rich Asians... Ronny Chieng!
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This show was filmed in front of a live audience in New York.
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Ronny was an hilarious addition to the show, which will go out in the next week.
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