An Evening with the Harvard Lampoon



The Best of the Harvard Lampoon:
140 Years of American Humor

This event includes a book signing


November 29, 2016
8:00 PM


Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138


This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store welcomes Harvard Lampoon alumni contributors GLENN MCDONALD and STUART PIZER, current president MARK STEINBACH, and current contributor RACHEL STROMBERG for a discussion of The Best of the Harvard Lampoon: 140 Years of American Humor.

About The Best of the Harvard Lampoon

A collection of the best of The Harvard Lampoon—the spawning ground for Hollywood’s elite comedy writers and New Yorker humorists—revealing the hidden gems from their 140-year history.

Since its inception in 1876, The Harvard Lampoon has become a farm system for Hollywood’s best and most revered comedy writers. Lampoon alumni can be found behind the scenes of sitcoms and late-night shows, including Saturday Night LiveThe SimpsonsThe Office30 RockThe Mindy Project, and many others. The Best of the Harvard Lampoon is the first anthology of The Lampoon’s extensive archives, featuring luminaries who have gone on to shape the comedy and literary landscape along with some of the best cartoons, illustrations, and satirical advertisements from over the years. Contributors include B.J. Novak, Henry Beard, Andy Borowitz, George Plimpton, Conan O’Brien, John Updike, Patricia Marx, and many others, with an introduction by New York Times bestselling author Simon Rich.

Glenn McDonald
Glenn McDonald

Glenn McDonald

Glenn McDonald rejected the glamor of Hollywood in order to spend more time discovering obscure Scandinavian metal bands. He is now a Data Alchemist at Spotify, where he spends his time turning interesting data into meaningful and useful data, or sometimes vice versa. Several of his attempts to explore and organize awe appear at Every Noise at Once (, or on his blog at

Mark Steinbach
Mark Steinbach

Mark Steinbach

Mark Steinbach is a Senior at Harvard College and the current President of the Harvard Lampoon. He has written for the Lampoon since he was a freshman.

Rachel Stromberg
Rachel Stromberg

Rachel Stromberg

Rachel Stromberg is a Senior at Harvard College and the current head of the literature board at the Harvard Lampoon. She helped select the pieces and illustrations that appear in Best of the Harvard Lampoon.

Stuart Pizer
Stuart Pizer

Stuart Pizer

Stuart Pizer, Ph.D., ABPP is a Founding Board Member, Faculty, Supervising and Personal Analyst, and former President, Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis; Assistant Professor of Psychology (part time), Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; Faculty, Supervising and Personal Analyst, Institute for Relational Psychoanalysis of Philadelphia; and Visiting Faculty and Member of the Advisory Board, Toronto Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis.  He is an Associate Editor of Psychoanalytic Dialogues and The Psychoanalytic Quarterly.  He is a Past-President of the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. His book, Building Bridges: The Negotiation of Paradox in Psychoanalysis, was published by The Analytic Press in 1998. He is in private practice in Cambridge, MA.

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