POUGHKEEPSIE, NY—On Tuesday, February 21, Andy Borowitz, one of America’s favorite humorists, will deliver the annual Alex Krieger ’95 Memorial Lecture at Vassar College. Borowitz’s presentation will be filled with his irreverent and insightful commentary, known by millions of followers around the world from his satirical website, BorowitzReport.com.
Called a “Swiftian satirist” (Wall Street Journal), “America’s satire king” (The Daily Beast), and "one of the funniest people in America" (CBS News Sunday Morning), Borowitz also topped Time’s recent poll of the 140 best Twitter feeds. He is the first-ever winner of the National Press Club’s humor award and has been a two-time finalist for the Thurber Prize for American Humor. His work regularly appears in The New Yorker, among other publications.
A New York Times best-selling author, Borowitz is the editor of Library of America’s anthology of American humor, The 50 Funniest American Writers (2011). His other books include: The Republican Playbook (2006), The Borowitz Report: The Big Book of Shockers (2004), Governor Arnold: A Photodiary of His First 100 Days in Office (2004), Who Moved My Soap?: The CEO's Guide to Surviving Prison (2003), and Trillionaire Next Door: The Greedy Investor's Guide to Day Trading (2000).
A graduate of Harvard, Borowitz was the president of the Harvard Lampoon. His work for television includes The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (creator). In addition, he co-produced the film Pleasantville, which was nominated for three Academy Awards.
The February 21 program will begin at 8:00pm in the Students’ Building (second floor) and will be followed by a question-and-answer session and book signing. While free and open to the public, please note that seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
About the Alex Krieger ’95 Memorial Lecture
This annual lecture series is given each spring in memory of a Vassar student, Alex Krieger, who was killed in an automobile accident during the spring of his freshman year. One of Krieger’s keenest interests was distinguished American writing that incorporates humor as a primary element. In consultation with his family, Vassar has invited outstanding American writers and humorists to deliver the annual speech, including Tom Wolfe, Wendy Wasserstein, John Irving, P. J. O’Rourke, Calvin Trillin, Jules Fieffer, Oliver Sacks, Tony Kushner, David Sedaris, Michael Chabon, Sarah Vowell, Gail Collins, Augusten Burroughs, Frank Rich, and, most recently, Ira Glass.
Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations at Vassar should contact the Office of Campus Activities at (845) 437-5370. Without sufficient notice, appropriate space and/or assistance may not be available. Directions to the Vassar campus are available at www.vassar.edu/directions.
Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.