An award-winning humorist, author, television personality and film actor, Andy Borowitz has been called a “Swiftian satirist" by The Wall Street Journal, which devoted a prestigious front-page story to his work as one of America's leading comic voices. He is the recipient of the 2004 Angele Gingras Humor Award, the first-ever award given to a humorist by the National Press Club.
Millions watch him every week on CNN's “American Morning, where he is the reigning humorist on two of the program's most popular segments, “90 Second Pop" and “Gimme a Minute." Millions more read his daily Internet column, The Borowitz Report, winner of five About.com Political Dot-Comedy Awards. And millions of National Public Radio listeners know him as the satirical commentator on Weekend Edition Sunday who finds new targets every week in the onslaught of current events.
His writing appears in the pages of The New Yorker, The New York Times, Vanity Fair and at Newsweek.com. He is the author of four hot-selling humor books including 2003's Who Moved My Soap? The CEO's Guide to Surviving in Prison, which became an instant Amazon bestseller a full month before publication. It received rave reviews around the world, including from the London Guardian, which called it "a strong candidate for our book of the year award." Fall of 2004 brings The Borowitz Report: The Big Book of Shockers, a collection of some of his most popular Internet columns.
An acclaimed Hollywood producer, Esquire magazine recognized him as one of the most powerful forces in television after he created the hit television series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, which launched the acting career of megastar Will Smith. Borowitz was awarded the NAACP Image Award for the series, which ran for six seasons and still airs in nearly 100 nations. He also produced the film Pleasantville, which was nominated for four Academy Awards.
More recently, he has stepped in front of the camera as an actor, appearing in two films in 2004: Melinda and Melinda, directed by Woody Allen, and Marie and Bruce, starring Julianne Moore and Matthew Broderick. In a recent profile of him, The New York Daily News called Borowitz "a budding movie star."
Borowitz's career as an entertainer began at age 13 when he first began making films. Four years later he was hired as a filmmaking instructor at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Borowitz attended Harvard University, where he wrote the Hasty Pudding Show and was president of the Harvard Lampoon.
He was a 2001 finalist for the Thurber Prize for American Humor. In 2002, he was inducted into the Friars Club of New York.