Tuesday, September 28, 2010

It's New Yorker Festival week!

You're going, right?  For the seventh straight year?  No, wait, that's me.

To get us into the spirit of the New Yorker's annual celebration of arts and ideas, here's a full-length video of the "Political Humor" panel discussion I attended at last year's Festival.

New Yorker features editor Susan Morrison moderates the lively chitchat with comedy writers Samantha Bee (The Daily Show), Andy Borowitz (general Andy Borowitzitude), longtime Saturday Night Live veteran Jim DowneyThe Onion's resident depressive genius Todd Hanson, and Allison Silverman (Late Night with Conan O'Brien, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report).



John C. said...

The first thing I did when I got the issue a couple weeks ago with the fat insert of the festival schedule was try to predict which events would strike your fancy.

Ben said...

You're so far ahead of me. I haven't even touched that issue yet; I just started the August 9.

My itinerary: Ken Auletta, Bill Simmons, The Moth NYer storytelling, Steve Carell, Malcolm Gladwell (for the roughly 6th time), and the SNL panel. Don't have a Carell ticket, a mere detail. Moth tix went in under a minute but I'm fast.

Is that close to what you might have guessed?

By a happy accident of timing, Friday evening is the 14th Westchester Crossword Tournament, hosted by Will Shortz in his hometown of Pleasantville. By another lucky shakeout, there's not much I'd choose to see that night in the Festival other than maybe the Facebook movie screening with Aaron Sorkin and Jesse Eisenberg, so I don't even have a hard choice to make. It's all black and white that night.