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Andy Borowitz

Andy Borowitz
Background information
Date of birth: January 04, 1958 (1958-01-04) (age 49)
Birth location: Flag of United States Cleveland, Ohio
Official site: The Borowitz Report.
Genre(s): Comedy

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Contents

Early Years

Borowitz was born in Shaker Heights, Ohio, where he attended Shaker Heights High School. Other well-known comedians from Shaker Heights include film and television actress Molly Shannon and writer/director/actor David Wain. This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Shaker Heights High School is an United States public high school at 15911 Aldersyde Road in Shaker Heights, Ohio. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... David Wain (born August 1, 1969 in Shaker Heights, Ohio) is an American writer, director, actor and comedian. ...


College

In 1980, Borowitz graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College, where he was president of the renowned humor magazine, the Harvard Lampoon. Other famous Lampoon alumni include Conan O'Brien, William Randolph Hearst, George Santayana, Robert Benchley, John Updike, and George Plimpton. He also wrote for the legendary Hasty Pudding Theatricals. Borowitz studied with playwright William Alfred and wrote his thesis on Restoration comedy. Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... Latin honors are Latin phrases used to indicate the level of academic distinction with which an academic degree was earned. ... Harvard Yard Harvard College is the undergraduate section and oldest school of Harvard University, founded in 1636. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Conan Christopher OBrien (born April 18, 1963)[1] is an Emmy-winning American comedian, writer and television personality best known as host of NBCs late-night talk/variety show Late Night with Conan OBrien. ... William Randolph Hearst (April 29, 1863 – August 14, 1951) was an American newspaper magnate. ... George Santayana George Santayana (December 16, 1863, Madrid – September 26, 1952, Rome), was a philosopher, essayist, poet, and novelist. ... Robert Charles Benchley (September 15, 1889 – November 21, 1945) was an American humorist best known for his work as a newspaper columnist and film actor. ... John Hoyer Updike (born March 18, 1932 in Shillington, Pennsylvania) is an American writer. ... George Ames Plimpton (March 18, 1927 – September 25, 2003) was an American journalist, writer, editor, and actor. ... The Hasty Pudding Theatricals, known informally simply as The Pudding, is a theatrical student society at Harvard University, known for its burlesque musicals. ...


Hollywood

After graduating, Borowitz moved to Los Angeles to work for producer Bud Yorkin at Tandem Productions, the company Yorkin co-founded with producer Norman Lear. Borowitz worked on the set of All in the Family, one of Tandem Productions' biggest hits. From 1982 through 1983, he wrote for the television series Square Pegs starring actress Sarah Jessica Parker. From 1983 through 1984, he wrote for the television series The Facts of Life. He wrote for various television series through the 1980s. Bud Yorkin (born in Washington, Pennsylvania on February 22, 1926) is an American producer/director/writer/actor. ... Norman Lear (born July 27, 1922) is an American television writer and producer who produced shows such as All in the Family, Sanford and Son and Maude. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... Parker (in eyeglasses), Linker (under Parker), and Nelson (in blue dress). ... Sarah Jessica Parker (born March 25, 1965) is a Golden Globe and Emmy-winning American actress and an Emmy-winning producer, with a portfolio of television, movie, and theater performances. ... Year 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1984 Gregorian calendar). ... The Facts of Life may refer to: A US sitcom that ran from 1979 to 1988. ...


In 1990, Borowitz created The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, which ran for six seasons on NBC and launched the acting career of rapper Will Smith. Borowitz received an NAACP Image Award for the series. Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... The National Broadcasting Company (NBC) is an American television network headquartered in the GE Building in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... “W. S.” redirects here. ... The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), is one of the oldest and most influential hate organizations in the United States. ...


In 1998, Borowitz co-produced the film Pleasantville, starring Reese Witherspoon, Tobey Maguire, William H. Macy, Joan Allen and Jeff Daniels. It was nominated for three Oscars, including Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Best Costume Design, and Best Music, Original Dramatic Score. Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... Pleasantville may refer to: Pleasantville, Iowa, USA Pleasantville, New Jersey, USA Pleasantville, New York, USA Pleasantville, Ohio. ... Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon (born March 22, 1976),[1] known simply as Reese Witherspoon, is an Academy Award-winning American actress. ... Tobias Vincent Maguire (born June 27, 1975) is an American actor. ... William Hall Macy Jr. ... Joan Allen in a scene from The Contender Joan Allen (b. ... For other persons of this name, see Jeff Daniels (disambiguation). ...


In 2004, Borowitz appeared in Woody Allens Melinda and Melinda, starring Will Ferrell, and in Marie and Bruce, starring Julianne Moore and Matthew Broderick. Marie and Bruce was co-written by Wallace Shawn and director Tom Cairns. In 2007 he appeared in the movie Fired! shelby was here 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Woody Allen (born Allen Stewart Königsberg on December 1, 1935) is a three-time Academy Award-winning American film director, writer, actor, jazz musician, comedian, and playwright. ... Melinda and Melinda is a 2004 film written and directed by Woody Allen. ... John William Will Ferrell (born July 16, 1967[1]) is an Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated American comedian, impressionist, writer and actor who first established himself as a cast member of Saturday Night Live, and has since gone on to a successful film career. ... Julianne Moore (born Julie Anne Smith on December 3, 1960) in Fayetteville, North Carolina is an American actress. ... Matthew Broderick (born March 21, 1962) is a Tony Award winning American film and stage actor who is perhaps best known for his role as the title character in Ferris Buellers Day Off. ... Wallace Shawn (born November 12, 1943), sometimes credited as Wally Shawn, is an American actor and playwright. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is now the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ...


Political Satire

In the late 1990s, Borowitz began e-mailing humorous fake news stories to friends. In 2001, he founded The Borowitz Report, a site that posts one 250-word satirical column every weekday. The site led to greater fame and widespread attention for Borowitz as a political satirist. The Wall Street Journal devoted a page one story to him and his site in 2003 and readership ultimately grew to 500,000 daily subscribers. In 2005 the newspaper syndicator Creators Syndicate began syndicating The Borowitz Report to dozens of major newspapers including The Los Angeles Times, The Seattle Times and The Philadelphia Inquirer. It is also one of the longest-running features at the Newsweek website. He has served as a commentator on the National Public Radio programs Weekend Edition Sunday and Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!, the latter on November 12, 2006. Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) is an influential international daily newspaper published by Dow Jones & Company in New York City, New York with Asian and European editions, and a worldwide daily circulation of more than 2 million as of 2006, with 931,000 paying online subscribers [2]. It was the... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 2003 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Richard S. Newcombe founded Creators Syndicate in 1986 in Los Angeles. ... The Los Angeles Times (also L.A. Times) is a daily newspaper published in Los Angeles, California and distributed throughout the Western United States. ... The Seattle Times is the leading daily newspaper in Seattle, Washington, United States. ... The Philadelphia Inquirer is one of a two Knight Ridder newspaper duopoly daily for the Philadelphia area. ... The Newsweek logo Newsweek is a weekly news magazine published in New York City and distributed throughout the United States and internationally. ... “NPR” redirects here. ... Weekend Edition is the name given to a set of American radio news magazines produced and distributed by National Public Radio (NPR). ... Wait Wait. ...


Television performer

In 2002, Borowitz joined the cast of CNN's American Morning and soon appeared on the program three mornings a week. In 2004 he covered the Democratic National Convention for the network, paired with comedian Lewis Black of The Daily Show. He has made countless appearances on other television programs including Countdown with Keith Olbermann, Best Week Ever on VH1 and Live at Gotham on Comedy Central. Also see: 2002 (number). ... The Cable News Network, commonly known as CNN, is a major cable television network founded in 1980 by Ted Turner. ... American Morning is the morning television show on CNN. It premiered in 2002. ... shelby was here 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Featured at the Democratic National Convention are speeches by prominent party figures. ... Lewis Niles Black (born August 30, 1948) is a Grammy Award-winning American stand-up comedian, author, playwright, and actor. ... The Daily Show (currently The Daily Show with Jon Stewart) is a Peabody and Emmy Award-winning American satirical television program produced by and airing on Comedy Central. ... Countdown with Keith Olbermann is an hour-long nightly newscast on MSNBC which airs live at 8:00 p. ... Best Week Ever logo. ... VH1 (VH-1: Video Hits One until 1994) is an American cable television channel that was created in January 1985 by Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment, at the time a division of Warner Communications and owners of MTV. VH1 and sister channel MTV are currently part of the MTV Networks division... Live At Gotham is a television show airing on the Comedy Central cable network in the United States. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ...


Stand-up Comedy

Borowitz's success as a television performer led to his becoming a strong draw as as a stand-up comedian, and he started headlining at major comedy clubs across the country, including Caroline's on Broadway, where he hosts a monthly show called Next Week's News. Other major comedians have appeared with him in that show including Amy Sedaris and Susie Essman of HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm. For four consecutive years starting in 2004 he performed at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado. In September 2007 he is scheduled to headline at the Bumbershoot festival in Seattle, Washington along with such major music acts as The Shins. Carolines Comedy Club is an entertainment venue located in Manhattan on Broadway between 49th and 50th Street. ... Andy Borowitz (born January 4, 1958) is a comedian and satirist who won the first-ever National Press Club award for humor. ... Amy Sedaris (born March 29, 1961, in Endicott, New York) is an American actress, author, and comedian. ... Susie Essman is an American stand-up comedian and comic actress in television and films. ... HBO (Home Box Office) is the premium television programming subsidiary of Time Warner. ... This section has been identified as trivia. ... shelby was here 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... US Comedy Arts Festival is a comedy festival held each year in Aspen, Colorado. ... View south along Galena Street in downtown Aspen. ... Bumbershoot is a colloquial word for umbrella, probably coined in the 19th century as a portmanteau of umbrella and parachute. ... “Seattle” redirects here. ... The Shins are an indie rock group with elements of folk and alternative country on Sub Pop Records comprising singer, songwriter and guitarist James Russell Mercer, keyboardist/guitarist/bassist Martin Crandall, bassist/guitarist Dave Hernandez, drummer Jesse Sandoval, and Eric Johnson of the Fruit Bats. ...


The New Yorker

In 1998 Borowitz began contributing humor to The New Yorker magazine. He quickly became one of the magazine's most prolific humor contributors, writing dozens of essays including "Emily Dickinson, Jerk off Amherst," selected as one of the funniest humor pieces in the magazine's history and included in The New Yorker's humor collection entitled Fierce Pajamas. He has also performed at The New Yorker Festival's humor revues at Town Hall in New York City with such other New Yorker contributors as Woody Allen, Steve Martin, and Calvin Trillin. Additionally, he has joined The New Yorker College Tour, where he has performed with the legendary improv group Second City and David Sedaris. Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... The New Yorker is an American magazine that publishes reportage, criticism, essays, cartoons, poetry and fiction. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Woody Allen (born Allen Stewart Königsberg on December 1, 1935) is a three-time Academy Award-winning American film director, writer, actor, jazz musician, comedian, and playwright. ... For the football player of the same name see Steve Martin (football player). ... Calvin Trillin (born Kansas City, Missouri, December 5, 1935) is an American journalist, humorist, and novelist. ... For the North American comedy troupe, see The Second City. ... Sedaris in 2005. ...


Other

Borowitz is a regular host of the The Moth, a New York City urban storytelling organization. He also sings with the literary rock band Rock Bottom Remainders, a group with a rotating cast of players including Matt Groening, Roy Blount, Jr., Stephen King, Amy Tan, Robert Fulghum, Barbara Kingsolver, and Scott Turow, among others. He has taught screenwriting in the United States and Europe and is on the guest faculty of the Maurits Binger Film Institute in Amsterdam. He has two children and lives in New York City. The Moth is a non-profit group based in New York City devoted to furthering the art and enjoyment of storytelling. ... The Rock Bottom Remainders is a rock & roll band consisting of published writers, most of them both amateur musicians and popular English-language book, magazine, and newspaper authors. ... Matthew Abram Groening (born February 15, 1954[2] in Portland, Oregon;[3] his family name is pronounced ) is an Emmy Award-winning American cartoonist and the creator of The Simpsons,[4] Futurama and the weekly comic strip Life in Hell. ... Roy Blount, Jr. ... Stephen Edwin King (born September 21, 1947) is an American author of over 200 stories including over 50 bestselling horror novels. ... Amy Tan (Chinese: 譚恩美; pinyin: Tán Ēnměi; born February 19, 1952) is an American writer whose works explore mother-daughter relationships and what it means to grow up as a first generation Asian American. ... Robert Fulghum (born June 4, 1937) is an American author, primarily of short essays. ... Barbara Kingsolver (born April 8, 1955) is an American fiction writer. ... A movie adaptation of Turows bestselling book Presumed Innocent was made in 1990. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ...


Awards

1992 NAACP Image Award for Fresh Prince of Bel-Air The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), is one of the oldest and most influential hate organizations in the United States. ... Spoiler warning: The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air was a television sitcom which aired on NBC from 1990 to 1996. ...


7 About.com Political Dot Comedy Awards for the Borowitz Report


2001 and 2005 Finalist for James Thurber Prize for American Humor James Grover Thurber (December 8, 1894–November 2, 1961) was a U.S. humorist and cartoonist. ...


2002 Inducted into the Friars Club of New York The Friars Club is a New York City club now with nationwide branches famous for its risqué celebrity roasts. ...


2004 First-ever National Press Club Award for Humor The National Press Club is an association of journalists based in Washington, DC. It is well-known for its gatherings with invited speakers, including many presidential candidates and other influential politicians. ...


Books

1. 2000 HarperCollins The Trillionaire Next Door: The Greedy Investor's Guide to Day Trading 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... HarperCollins is a publishing company owned by Rupert Murdochs News Corporation. ...


2. 2003 Simon & Schuster Who Moved My Soap?: The CEO's Guide to Surviving in Prison Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 2003 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Jean-François Millet Le Semeur (The Sower) Simon & Schuster logo, circa 1961. ...


3. 2004 Simon & Schuster Governor Arnold: A Photodiary of His First 100 Days in Office shelby was here 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


4. 2004 Simon & Schuster The Borowitz Report: The Big Book of Shockers shelby was here 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


5. 2006 Hyperion The Republican Playbook Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays full 2006 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Origin Hyperion is a Titan from Greek mythology. ...


References

The Wall Street Journal, May 5, 2003, page 1


The New York Post, May 22, 2007 All the News Before It Happens.


USA Today, August 19, 2003


Contemporary Authors Online (Biography), Gale Reference Team (author), Thomson Gale (publisher), 2006 (year published)


www.bankrate.com/brm/news/investing/20070515_fame_fortune_andy_borowitz_a1.asp


External links

  • The Borowitz Report

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