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New Yorker Cartoonist David Sipress: “What’s So Funny?”
May 7 • 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
David Sipress, staff cartoonist for “The New Yorker” since 1998, shares illustrations and stories from his masterful memoir, “What’s So Funny?” in this virtual presentation. Sipress’ wry and brilliantly observed prose and cartoons explore his life growing up the child of overprotective, anxious Jewish immigrants on New York’s Upper West Side in the 1950s and ‘60s, and how cartooning gave him an outlet to persevere and rebel from his complicated upbringing.
Part of the J’s Chew on This! Speaker Series, featuring authors, chefs, and thought-leaders to feed your mind, soul, and palate.
Book + Ticket Bundle: $29 (includes ticket + shipping)
Talk only: $15 | $12 seniors 65+, students
(book retails $27.99)
Ticket sales close and streaming link emailed 1 hour prior to program start time.
About the Book
David Sipress’ memoir “What’s So Funny?” masterfully showcases a sampling of his cartoons and their backstories in this entertaining, poignant, and sometimes painful book about his complicated Jewish immigrant family and growing up on Manhattan’s Upper West Side during the 1950s and ’60s. The son of a proud owner of the prestigious Revere Jewelers and a migraine-prone mother, and brother to a moody, mean-spirited sister, Sipress found solace in drawing and storytelling during his childhood. The author relates stories of his father’s divestment from his immigrant status to forge a new life. His mother, once an independent woman, was in a constant state of worry and angst. It was a house of secrets, rules, and taboo subjects. In cartooning, Sipress found a way to persevere and rebel, dropping out of Harvard to the great dismay of his parents to pursue his cartooning, struggling for years before getting his first “New Yorker” cartoon published.
“What’s So Funny?” is an honest and enjoyable read by a brainy, often self-deprecating, author. Sipress discloses how the insights gleaned find their way into his perceptive cartoons to temper and clarify the tragic and bizarre events of his life and everyone else’s lives—the events that make us laugh and cry.
About the Author
David Sipress has been staff cartoonist for “The New Yorker” since 1998, where he has published nearly 700 cartoons. He lectures widely on cartooning, and his autobiographical writing appeared frequently on newyorker.com.
Event Details + Box Office Policies
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- May 7
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
- $12 – $29
- Event Categories:
- Adults + Seniors, Arts + Ideas, Author, Comedy, Demographics: Adults, Demographics: Seniors (55+ better), J Community, Jewish Life, Talks, Virtual SJCC
- Virtual SJCC Event
- Mercer Island, WA 98040 United States
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- Stroum JCC
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- Event Partners:
- Jewish Book Council
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