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More Funny Favorites from Andy Borowitz


More Funny Favorites

The New Yorker's popular satirist shares some of his favorite short humor pieces.


Guest host Andy Borowitz presents four hilarious pieces featured in his anthology The 50 Funniest American Writers. He admits that “trying to rank artists is a tricky business,” but there’s something for everyone to love in this quartet of classic and contemporary funnies. First James Naughton reads S.J. Perelman’s noir parody “Farewell, My Lovely Appetizer.”

In our second piece, Susan Orlean complains about idle tots in “Shiftless Little Loafers,” read by Dave Hill.

Old-time radio is unmasked in Jean Shepherd’s “The Counterfeit Secret Circle Member Gets the Message, or The Asp Strikes Again.” The superb delivery is by another great raconteur, SELECTED SHORTS’ late host and founder Isaiah Sheffer.

We close with a story to keep you up all night—which is the problem the woman in Jenny Allen’s “Awake,” is having. The reader is Jane Kaczmarek.

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