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We are The American Bystander, a quarterly print comedy magazine. The New York Times called us “an essential read for comedy nerds.” Newsweek says we’re “the last great humor magazine.” They are both correct.

We are, Bystander’s home for short online comedy.

And now we are also The American Bystander’s Viral Load, this newsletter, the third branch of our media empire, where you’ll get a steady stream of comedy, about three times a week. And if you support us on Substack, we’ll send you our magazines.

Here are some of our contributors: Jack Handey, George Booth, Roz Chast, Billy Collins, Daniel Lavery, Simon Rich, Emily Flake, Brian McConnachie, Sean Kelly. If those names mean anything to you, welcome home! Please subscribe.

Who writes this stuff?

This is Mike Gerber, Editor & Publisher of The American Bystander:

This is Michael Pershan, Deputy Editor of The American Bystander and Editor of

Why subscribe?

You’ll get funny stuff that isn’t frivolous, you won’t get spammed, and you’ll see the best of and The American Bystander. And if you join the paid tiers, you get PDFs and print copies of our magazine sent to you, so you can support the next great stage in print comedy.

Got questions?

Write Michael Pershan at editors [at] twofiftyone [dot] net or Editor & Publisher Michael Gerber at Publisher [at] americanbystander [dot] org.

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Funny writing from The American Bystander, "the world's best print humor magazine."


Michael Gerber 

Editor & Publisher of America's all-star print humor quarterly, since October 2015.

Laura Fox 

Social media monkey and GM for The American Bystander

Michael Pershan 

Former redheaded jewish writer father person and teacher living in new york city