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Fartman, Stern, and the MAD Roots of It All

By Rob Eshman

June 24, 2011 | 7:15 pm

Al Jaffee's first superhero, "Fartman"

I was reading Mary-Lou Weisman’s biography of Al Jaffee, the legendary cartoonist and writer for MAD magazine, and came across Jaffee’s drawing of his first childhood superhero, a man his... read on

  • Greatest Living American Humorist, II

    By Rob Eshman

    June 22, 2011 | 4:38 pm

    Today Arlyn, one of my colleagues here, stopped my on the way to the coffee room and said, “Howard loves you.”

    Arlyn drives in from the Valley, a looong schlep, and she listens to Howard each way.  Thirty something, single mom, professional, well-educated—exactly the type of person... read on

  • The Greatest Living American Humorist

    By Rob Eshman

    June 21, 2011 | 2:38 am

    So there’s a post over at Slate.com, “America’s Greatest Living Humorists: Parker and Stone, or Larry David?”

    The author, Jeremy Stahl, goes back and forth trying to decide who is our number one funny man:  the creators of South Park, Team America and The Book of Mormon, or the... read on

  • Who the X&$##! Is Benjy Bronk?

    By Rob Eshman

    June 17, 2011 | 8:28 am

    So who the hell is Benji Bronk?

    He’s the heckler who disrupted Anthony Weiner’s press conference yesterday afternoon. 

    As the New York congressman intoned his prepared text, apologizing for texting salacious messages and photos to constituents and fans, taking responsibility for... read on

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  • Anthony Weiner Can Learn From Stern

    By Rob Eshman

    June 15, 2011 | 7:45 am

    I’m watching Anthony Weiner roast in public humiliation, and I can’t help thinking: If he had only paid attention to Howard.

    The congressman, whose shocking shirtless tweets have by now pretty much sunk his political career, is a classic case of someone who used the Howard... read on

  • Howard Stern and the Rise of the Wiener

    By Rob Eshman

    June 7, 2011 | 10:45 am

    We are living through a time of unprecedented penis talk.

    Between Congressman Anthony Weiner’s sexting scandal, and the attempts to ban circumcision through the ballot box, the news cycle has turned into one long crotch watch.

    And who deserves credit for making the world safe for... read on

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Rob Eshman created the blog Serious Stern on June 17, 2009.  Serious Stern is devoted to a serious (hence the name) exploration of the cultural impact of Howard Stern.

Rob is...

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