Andy Borowitz

Popular satirist Andy Borowitz, with millions of followers of “The Borowitz Report’ published by The New Yorker, appeared at The Progressive Forum to discuss his book, Profiles in Ignorance: How America’s Politicians Got Dumb and Dumber, at the Wortham Center, Houston, Texas, September 21, 2023. 

SHORT: President Reagan’s chief of staff James Baker asks him why he didn't study the briefing book. (1:27)

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SHORT: If ignorance can trickle down, "knowledge can rise up" ... get active on the local level. (8:51)


Andy Borowitz is an award-winning comedian and New York Times bestselling author. 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.

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