Retired Humor Columnists

Humor columnists who have retired, stopped writing humor columns or passed away. E-mail me at contactjoed (at) if you are not dead or retired and I will remove you from this list.

Joel Achenbach
Washington Post reporter/columnist/blogger.

Russell Baker
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has written for The New York Review of Books, The New York Times and the Baltimore Sun. Author of these books.

Dave Barry
Miami Herald humor columnist, book author, destroyer of toasters.

Robert Benchley (1889-1945)
Wrote humor columns for The New Yorker, Life and Vanity Fair, among others. He is the author of many books, including Robert Benchley: An Annotated Bibliography.

Tim Bete
Columnist, former director of the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop, author of Guide to Pirate Parenting: Why You Should Raise Your Kids As Pirates, and 101 Tips on How to Do It  and In The Beginning…There Were No Diapers: Laughing and Learning In The First Years Of Fatherhood.

Roy Blount Jr.
Prolific writer and humorist, author of the classics About Three Bricks Shy: And The Load Filled Up and Crackers.

Erma Bombeck (1927-1996)
Syndicated humor columnist, put-upon wife and author of many fine books.

Art Buchwald (1925-2007)
Washington Post humor columnist, curmudgeon, book author, disappearer of J. Edgar Hoover.

W. Bruce Cameron
Denver Post humor columnist and author of 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter.

Lloyd Garver
Television writer and columnist.

Art Hoppe (1925-2000)
San Francisco Chronicle columnist, political and social satirist, author of Having a Wonderful Time: My First Half Century as a News Paper Man.

Jean Kerr (1922-2003)
Playwright, author and writer of humorous magazine essays, some of which were compiled into the classic Please Don’t Eat The Daisies.

Charles Memminger
Humor columnist at various Hawaiian publications and author of  Hey Waiter, There’s an Umbrella in My Drink!

Gerald Nachman
Humor columnist who has written for the New York Post, the Oakland Tribune, the New York Daily News and San Francisco Chronicle, among others. Author of Seriously Funny: The Rebel Comedians of the 1950s and 1960s.

Anne Palumbo
Columnist at the Brighton-Pittsford (N.Y.) Post.

Andy Rooney (1919-2011)
Perpetually cranky and sometimes controversial television personality, Tribune Media Services columnist, author of Andy Rooney: 60 Years of Wisdom and Wit.

Mark Russell
Political satirist and entertainer and guy The Simpsons once made fun of.

David Sedaris
Successful humorist who has written humor columns for Esquire.  Author of Me Talk Pretty One Day.

Bill Vaughan (1915-1977)
Wrote the Starbeams column for the Kansas City Star. Author of the book Starbeams.