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Andy Borowitz

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Andy Borowitz was born in Cleveland, Ohio. He began writing and making films at the age of 13, and at 17 he was hired as a filmmaking instructor at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

He attended Harvard College, where he wrote the Hasty Pudding Show and was elected President of the Harvard Lampoon. He studied writing with the playwright William Alfred and graduated magna cum laude for his thesis on Restoration comedy. He was selected by his class to deliver The Ivy Oration, a traditionally humorous commencement address.

Moving to Los Angeles after graduation, he became a prolific screenwriter and television producer, writing film scripts for Paramount, Warner Brothers, Twentieth Century Fox, Columbia, Tri-Star, and Disney. He was a principal writer for the cult series "Square Pegs" starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Jami Gertz, and he created and produced the Emmy-nominated series "Day by Day", which still plays in reruns nationwide.

He has produced television programming that has grossed hundreds of millions of dollars worldwide, and was recognized by Esquire as one of the most powerful and influential producers in the TV field. Mr. Borowitz is perhaps best known for creating and producing "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" TV series, launching the acting career of Will Smith. The program, for which Mr. Borowitz won the NAACP Image Award, ran for six successful seasons and is still a top-rated series around the world, airing in close to one hundred countries.

In the motion picture field, Mr. Borowitz produced the Oscar-nominated 1998 film "Pleasantville," and has written the American version of the French film "The Dinner Game" for Dreamworks SKG. He has taught screenwriting in America and Europe, and is on the guest faculty of the Maurits Binger Film Institute in Amsterdam. He is currently writing a motion picture for producer Lynda Obst at Paramount.

A popular and acclaimed humorist, he has been called "laugh-out-loud funny" (Brill�s Content), writing humor columns for The New Yorker, The New York Times and TV Guide. His work has appeared in many other publications including Premiere, American Film, and Poets and Writers, and his columns are syndicated in newspapers across the country. Two of his books were published in the spring of 2000: The Trillionaire Next Door (HarperCollins) and Rationalizations to Live By (Workman). Spring 2000 also saw the launch of his website,, which is dedicated to providing business humor on the �net. Newsweek magazine wrote that he is "fast becoming Wall Street�s version of humorist Dave Barry."

In May 2000 his work appeared on Broadway in the sold-out New Yorker Humor Revue, in which his piece "Emily Dickinson, Jerk of Amherst" was chosen from among the best humor in The New Yorker�s seventy-five year history, along with that of Steve Martin, Calvin Trillin, Robert Benchley and E.B. White.

A performer and storyteller, he contributes commentaries on NPR�s "Weekend Edition" and appears frequently with "Stories at the Moth" at the Public Theater in New York City. He was chosen by the Smithsonian to moderate its 1998 conference on comedy writing, and will be honored in July 2000 with an evening of his work at The Thurber House, the boyhood home of legendary humorist James Thurber.

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