Author Visit: David Sipress,

What’s So Funny?

A Cartoonist’s Memoir (2022)

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David Sipress will appear in conversation with cultural historian Lori Rotskoff to discuss his acclaimed new book What’s So Funny? A Cartoonist’s Memoir. As a staff cartoonist for The New Yorker since 1998, Sipress has published nearly 700 cartoons in the magazine. In this intimate, introspective memoir, Sipress draws on his talent for evoking the predicaments and foibles of human nature to tell poignant stories about his family, life, and vocation.

Richly illustrated with dozens of witty and wry cartoons, What’s So Funny? offers an illuminating, honest, and often hilarious glimpse into his emotional experience, creative process, and professional career. Praised by one reviewer as a “delightful jaunt through an inspiring artist’s mind,” this captivating memoir reminds readers that amidst all the laughs and amusement, cartooning is also serious business. Sipress will share some of his favorite cartoons during the presentation.

Time will be reserved for audience Q&A after the talk.

Monday, February 27 • 1:00pm-2:15pm • OnlineCourse 11696 • $25

Please note that the author visit will be recorded and made available to registered students for up to one week. Those unable to attend live will still have the chance to enjoy the event.

DAVID SIPRESS was born and raised in New York City. He graduated from Williams College in 1968 and then studied Russian History in the Department of Soviet Studies at Harvard University, leaving before completing his degree to pursue a career as a cartoonist. He was the weekly cartoonist of the Boston Phoenix newspaper for twenty-five years and has been a staff cartoonist at the New Yorker since 1998, publishing nearly seven hundred cartoons in the magazine. During the presidential election in 2012, he became the first Daily Cartoonist on the New Yorker website, and repeated as Daily Cartoonist in 2014 and twice in 2016, covering the presidential primaries and the national election. His cartoons have also appeared in Time, the Washington Post, Harper’s, and numerous other publications and related websites. Sipress has published eight collections of his cartoons and his drawings appear in many New Yorker cartoon collections. Sipress was the co-creator, writer, and host of “Conversations with Cartoonists,” a series of onstage interviews with New Yorker artists, including Roz Chast, Gahan Wilson, George Booth and many others, at Dixon Place Theater.

LORI ROTSKOFF is a cultural historian, writer, educator, and public speaker specializing in memoirs and narrative nonfiction; childhood and youth; women’s and gender studies; and arts and culture. She studied history and literature at Northwestern University and earned a PhD in American Studies at Yale.

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