Noted playwright and Algonquin Round Table member George S. Kaufman is said to have once uttered, "Satire is what closes on Saturday night." Come see us prove him wrong, on Litquake's opening night Saturday, with a star-studded lineup of satirical writers, artists, and performers.
Lisa Brown is an illustrator, author, and cartoonist. Her picture books include How to Be, Vampire Boy’s Good Night, Emily’s Blue Period by Cathleen Daly, Baby Mix Me a Drink, and, most recently, Mummy Cat, by Marcus Ewert. She illustrated the books The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming and 29 Myths on the Swinster Pharmacy for Lemony Snicket, to whom she is allegedly married. She creates the Three Panel Book Review cartoon strip, soon to be a book, and teaches Illustration at the California College of the Arts.
The New York Times has called Will Durst “quite possibly the best political comedian working in the country today.” He now tours the country with his new one-man show, “BoomeRaging: From LSD to OMG,” is featured in the comedian documentary 3 Still Standing, writes a nationally syndicated humor column, and contributes to CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News. Durst has written three books, told jokes in 16 countries, released five CDs, racked up 800+ television appearances, been fired by PBS three times, the San Francisco Examiner twice, and despite universal reproach, continues to squeeze ketchup onto his hot dog.
Pulitzer Prize-winner Mark Fiore creates animated political cartoons, and the Wall Street Journal has called him “the undisputed guru of the form.” His work has appeared on SFGate.com, Newsweek.com, Slate.com, MotherJones.com, DailyKos.com, NPR, CNN, Frontline, Bill Moyers Journal, Salon.com, and cable and broadcast outlets across the globe.
Benjamin Griffin (host) is an associate editor at the Mark Twain Project at Berkeley’s Bancroft Library. He has edited the bestselling three volumes of Autobiography of Mark Twain, and A Family Sketch and Other Private Writings (by Mark Twain and his wife and daughter). Ben’s poetry has disappeared in such journals as Evergreen Review, 14: A Magazine of Verse, and Main Street Rag.
Daniel Handler is a writer of books in which you might be interested, including more recently, We Are Pirates, and Hurry Up and Wait, co-authored with Maira Kalman. His Believer column, “What the Swedes Read,” about reading one book by each Nobel Laureate, appears in each issue. This fall appears the final installment of Lemony Snicket’s All The Wrong Questions series. Its sequel, A Series of Unfortunate Events, is currently being developed by Netflix as an original series.
T. Geronimo Johnson
T. Geronimo Johnson is the bestselling author of Welcome to Braggsville and Hold It 'Til It Hurts, a finalist for the 2013 PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction. He has taught writing and held fellowships at Arizona State, Iowa, Berkeley, Western Michigan, and Stanford. He lives in Berkeley.
Frank Portman, also known as Dr. Frank, is the singer-songwriter and frontman of the venerable East Bay punk rock band Mr. T Experience (MTX), and is the author of three novels, King Dork, Andromeda Klein, and the new-ish King Dork Approximately.
Tom Toro has been a cartoonist for The New Yorker since 2010. Born and raised in the Bay Area, he now lives in Kansas City, Missouri with his wife, kid, and cat.