Laugh and cry as the razor-sharp satirist takes us on an uproarious examination of American politics in celebration of his newest book in this moderated discussion.
In his only New England appearance to launch Profiles in Ignorance: How America's Politicians Got Dumb and Dumber, Borowitz offers a witty, spot-on diagnosis of our country's political troubles by showing how ignorant leaders are degrading, embarrassing and endangering our nation.
The winner of the first-ever National Press Club award for humor, Andy Borowitz has been called a "Swiftian satirist" (The Wall Street Journal) and "one of the country's finest satirists" (The New York Times). Millions of fans and New Yorker readers enjoy his satirical news column "The Borowitz Report."
Profiles in Ignorance aims to make us both laugh and cry: laugh at the idiotic antics of these public figures, and cry at the cataclysms these icons of ignorance have caused. But most importantly, the book delivers a call to action and a cause for optimism: History doesn't move in a straight line, and we can change course if we act now.
Moderated by Professor Charles Wheelan '88, Senior Lecturer and Policy Fellow, The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences
Co-presented with the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and Social Sciences
Generously supported by Jean and Bayne Stevenson.
About Andy Borowitz
He grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, and graduated from Harvard College, where he became President of the Harvard Lampoon. In 1998, he began contributing humor to The New Yorker's "Shouts & Murmurs" and "Talk of the Town" departments, and in 2001, he created "The Borowitz Report," a satirical news column, which has millions of readers around the world. In 2012, The New Yorker began publishing "The Borowitz Report." As a storyteller, he hosted "Stories at the Moth" from 1999 to 2009. As a comedian, he has played to sold-out venues around the world, including during his national tour, "Make America Not Embarrassing Again," from 2018 to 2020. He is the first-ever winner of the National Press Club's humor award. He lives with his family in New Hampshire.