Paul Ryan: The Magazine is the Future of Political Satire

The “dark princeling” of the GOP gets the Neu Jorker treatment

Last year, Andrew Lipstein and James Folta created The Neu Jorker, a cover-to-cover parody of The New Yorker that was so funny the AV Club said it deserved a Pulitzer.

While I love a quick scathing tweet or Onion headline as much as the next girl, The Neu Jorker shined with exhaustive, meticulous attention to detail WIRED called “so perfect, it’s scary”. Everything from the quarter-page ads to the nine-page personal essay about turning into a horse was flawless. It threw back to classic satire like The National Lampoon while raising the bar for modern political comedy writing. How do you top that?

Recognizing they “have bigger fish to fry than those elbow-patched dandies” parodied by The Neu Jorker, James and Andrew turned their attention to “the once and future dark-princeling of the GOP, the 47-year-old, Ayn Rand-worshipping, barbell-pumping, mean, lean, rights-limiting fiend Paul Ryan.” Paul Ryan: The Magazine reverses the Neu Jorker formula; satirizing one subject while parodying every magazine genre imaginable. It will bring together writers from comedy institutions Saturday Night LiveThe Onion, Letterman, and Reductress and writers from prestige magazines like GQEsquire, and, yes, The New Yorker.

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan

James and Andrew took a few minutes to tell me about why they landed on their new and ambitious project:

Unlike the online-only Neu JorkerPaul Ryan: The Magazine will be a Kickstarter-funded full-color, 160+ page glossy to have and to hold.

We also chatted about the appeal of magazines despite their total irrelevance, how they challenged themselves and their writers, and the special exclusive offers on their Kickstarter campaign.

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