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Bob Mankoff’s TED Talk on the Anatomy of a New Yorker cartoon

A great talk by New Yorker cartoon editor Bob Mankoff about constructing humor in the New Yorker and in cartooning in general.

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#1 David Rickert
@ 11:29 am

I’d like to see the rest. This is only a portion.

#2 Jeff Pert
@ 12:09 pm

I watched about two thirds of it when it was posted to Facebook by the New Yorker. I love the New Yorker and the cartoons it carries, but I thought Mankoff’s talk was over-analytical and unnecessary. It’s like being really fond of dolphins, finding a dolphin, and cutting it open to see what makes it work. Then, you no longer have a dolphin. It’s not a huge issue, but I’ve always felt putting humor under a microscope takes the fun away.

#3 Frank M Hansen
@ 12:21 pm

Great stuff. Love some of the examples of breaking humor down. There is a lot of truth in what he says and how we as the reader interpret different sorts of humor.

#4 Phil Judd
@ 4:29 pm

his guy is great at explaining humor and the process. Check out his ‘Naked Cartoonist’ it uncovers writing humor in an incredibly creative and informative way. He is a good educator and the ideas he discusses are really helpful for improving your writing and humor. Finally a TED lecture I can relate too!

#5 Rich Diesslin
@ 7:30 pm

LOL Jeff!

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