These were the five most-popular stories on The Humor Columnist in January 2012:
1. Book Review: The Funniest American Writers
Review of Andy Borowitz’s humor compilation
2. ‘Deranged pen pals’ Zweibel and Barry team up for ‘Lunatics’
Q-and-A with co-author Alan Zweibel
3. Bruce Cameron interview
Interview with recently-retired columnist Bruce Cameron
4. Newt and Schrute
Funny mash-up in the Thank You, Internet section
5. This guy watched ‘The Bachelor’ so you don’t have to
Column about the unspeakable horror
Read an in-depth Q-and-A with humor columnist and author W. Bruce Cameron
In 2011, just months after being named the National Society of Newspaper Columnists Columnist of the Year, W. Bruce Cameron stopped writing his syndicated humor column.
I wanted to know why one of the country’s few reliably funny newspaper humor columnists was retiring, and I wanted to take a look back at his column-writing career, so I gave him a call.
We talked about how his column started as a daily e-mail in 1995, about being the most plagiarized man on the Internet, why the book 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter was such a success, whatever became of his teenage daughters, the difficulty of launching a syndicated humor column after terrorists attack your country, why newspapers are so un-funny, why he stopped column writing and what he’s learned about humor writing.
Donatelli: You started your column by sending it to six people by e-mail, and eventually it grew to 40,000. Do you ever stop and think about how much technology played a role in your ability to make a living as a writer?
Cameron: Yeah. It is very strange, because it is the only time in my whole life when anything has gone according to plan. And it really it didn’t happen exactly the way I envisioned. The one thing I never saw myself as was a newspaper columnist. That was an unexpected wrinkle, but it was a sheer delight when I went to work for the Rocky (Mountain News). But the whole idea was, yeah, I’ll send this thing out in an e-mail. I’ll build a fan base. The fan base will become large enough that it would be compelling to a publisher so that they would start publishing my books.
Donatelli: Because you thought of yourself as an author first.
Cameron: Yeah. And that’s what happened. And who saw that coming?
Donatelli: How do you make the leap from 6 readers to 40,000?
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The last Cameron column (Bruce Cameron)
“This is my 689th weekly column, and I’m taking a break.”
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“President Romney looked at the German Chancellor carefully, up and down. ‘I’d say you’d go about one-forty, give or take five pounds,’ he said. ‘Am I in the ballpark?'”
We gave legal advice to a frat guy on Craig’s List (Ryan Walter)
Ryan Walter trolls the interwebs looking to screw with people. He’s applied for a job with the worst ad portfolio of all time. He’s GOTTEN a job with the worst resume known to man. But this week, as Ryan was cruising Craig’s list, he came upon a posting by a young man who was in dire straights. Below is their correspondence. Enjoy.
7 reasons why gay marriage is good for straight men (Joe Donatelli)
“There is nothing married people love more than fixing up their single friends on dates. There is also nothing gay men love more. Legalized nationwide gay marriage would end Match.com in our time.”
Sexting icebreakers for English grad students (Hollie Adams)
“While the punctuation is grammatically correct, I could really go for a good interrobang right now.”
Yahoo! Big whoop (Gene Weingarten)
“Further research confirmed that as a tool, “Yahoo! Answers” is as flimsy as a twist-tie, as dignified as a spork.”
The only argument on the Internet in favor of SOPA (Soren Bowie)
“Four years ago, I wrote an article for an entertainment website on the best film deaths of non-memorable characters. In the very first comment, a gentleman from Australia who evidently disagreed with my assessments encouraged me to fuck myself and called me a ‘Gaping chick hole’…That hurt, and SOPA represents the first opportunity I have to really make him pay.”
Let’s get physical (Jerry Zezima)
“‘In college,’ I said, ‘I was known as Mr. Heineken.'”
Classy like a dog’s butt (Scott Sevener)
“I guess there’s really no delicate way for me to introduce this, so I’ll just come right out and say it – this week, I want to talk about dog farts.”
W. Bruce Cameron, the syndicated newspaper columnist, reigning National Society of Newspaper Columnists Columnist of the Year and author of 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter, is giving up his column starting Jan. 7, 2012. Via columnists.com: “He told NSNC colleagues, ‘It’s not particularly easy to do this. I’m just overbooked, and taking the time and energy to write a column has gotten harder now that I no longer have teenagers deluging me with material every day.’”
Cameron got his start as an Internet columnist.
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