Faces To Watch in 2012: TV, Film, Media and New Media
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Andy Borowitz, comic writer( Donald Bowers / Getty Images )
It will be a long slog of sound, fury and "super PAC"-funded TV ads before we get to Nov. 6. One of the most potent antidotes to the abiding bluster of the presidential campaign will be administered by comedian, author and tweeter par excellence Andy Borowitz.
The former Harvard Lampoon editor and creator of the "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" issues the Borowitz Report -- daily and sometimes hourly (Twitter: @BorowitzReport), satirical news darts that puncture the overinflated political set. ("Breaking: Rick Perry requests that debate format include Lifeline and 50/50" or "MUST READ: Obama Says US Not Abandoning Iraq; 'We Will Continue to Follow You on Twitter.'")
A sometime New Yorker writer and editor of a new anthology of American humor, Borowitz, 53, puts pop culture on the couch. ("CBS Cancels 'Two and a Half Men'; Will Instead Mount Camera on Charlie Sheen's Head. 'More Entertaining'") Prescription: Massive therapeutic intervention required. That's good news for the audience, which is in store for yuck therapy, in ample doses.
-- James Rainey