I discovered Tim Johnson on Facebook as a fellow MAD collector… but as it turns out, his collection puts mine to shame. After paging through his photo albums of all the cool stuff he has and coveting some of the stuff I’d always wished to find, like the MAD Straitjacket from the late ‘50s, I decided to contact him and see if he’d be up for a Kittysneezes interview with a fellow MAD fan.
Al Jaffee is one of the most talented cartoonists in the world; not only is he a great artist, but he’s incredibly clever. After all, he’s the guy who not only invented the Fold-In, but has done over 400 of the things. He’s also done a lot of hypothetical inventions for MAD magazine… some of which have made it into the real world, with his name on the patent. He’s 89 years old, and still going strong, despite having an essential tremor in his hand causing him to hold his drawing hand steady with his other hand.
Cover of I Know I Am, But What Are You?
Samantha Bee’s long been one of my favorite Daily Show correspondents… which is more true than you may expect, since she’s been with the show forever. I think the only person on there now who’s been on longer is Jon Stewart himself. Anyway, being a fan of hers, I was excited to learn that she’d written a book. It’s more a memoir than a book of printed routines, though since she’s not really a stand-up, that makes sense.
Comedy is wonderful. More importantly, comedy is funny. It can be difficult to do right, too — there’s lots of room for books on humor analysis and how something can be funny, when it works, when it doesn’t, and whether or not there can really be an overarching answer of “This is funny, this is not” for everyone.