Who are we?

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 TwoFiftyOne.net, 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 hear from the editors and get a steady stream of essential comedy from the web and our magazine.

Cartoon by Tom Toro. © 2015 Tom Toro.
Cartoon by Tom Toro. © 2015 Tom Toro.

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.

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You’ll get funny stuff that isn’t frivolous, you won’t get spammed, and you’ll see the best of TwoFiftyOne.net and The American Bystander. We’ll get you caught up on highlights from the archives. We’ll introduce you to names you’ve never heard of. We’ll publish comedy that you can’t get elsewhere. And you also won’t miss out on any new issues or deals from the magazine.

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


The American Bystander
America's all-star print humor quarterly, since October 2015.
Michael Pershan
teacher, writer