Andy Borowitz: Profiles in Ignorance - How America’s Politicians Got Dumb and Dumber

Date & Time May 19 2023 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location McCarter Theatre
Andy Borowitz
Anne-Marie Slaughter '80
Audience Open to the Public, Registration Required

In Conversation With Anne-Marie Slaughter, CEO of New America and the Bert G. Kerstetter ’66 University Professor Emerita of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University.

Why have American politics deteriorated intellectually over the last 50 years? How has mass media encouraged the election of ignorant leaders? And how can we change course?

With his signature wit and insight, comedian and New Yorker magazine satirist Andy Borowitz dives into these questions, as he brings his instant New York Times/Washington Post/Wall Street Journal bestseller, Profiles in Ignorance: How America’s Politicians Got Dumb and Dumber to McCarter.   

Borowitz will also be taking questions from the audience. 

There will be a special Meet & Greet with Andy, and signed copies of Profiles in Ignorance available through Labyrinth Books after the show.

Special offer for PU ID holders: Use the code IGNORANCE23 to unlock $35 tickets!



Princeton University’s Anne-Marie Slaughter will moderate this special evening of conversation, commentary, and comedy. 

Anne-Marie Slaughter is the CEO of New America and the Bert G. Kerstetter ’66 University Professor Emerita of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University. From 2009-2011 she served as the director of Policy Planning for the United States Department of State. Prior to her government service, Dr. Slaughter was the Dean of Princeton’s School of Public and International Affairs. She has written or edited eight books, including “The Chessboard and the Web: Strategies of Connection in a Networked World.”


Called “devastatingly funny” by Kirkus Reviews, which named it one of the 7 best nonfiction books of the fall, Profiles in Ignorance offers a witty, spot-on diagnosis of our country’s political troubles by showing how ignorant leaders are degrading, embarrassing, and endangering our nation. A scathing survey of woefully informed politicians from Ronald Reagan and Dan Quayle to George W. Bush, Sarah Palin, and Donald Trump, Profiles aims to make us both laugh and cry: laugh at the ludicrous antics of these ignoramuses, and cry at the cataclysms they’ve caused. 

But most importantly, the book delivers a call to action and a cause for optimism: History doesn’t move in a straight line, and we can change course if we act now.

The winner of the first-ever National Press Club award for humor, Andy Borowitz has been called a “Swiftian satirist” (The Wall Street Journal), “one of the country’s finest satirists” (The New York Times), and “one of the funniest people in America” (CBS Sunday Morning). In 1998, he began contributing humor to The New Yorker’s “Shouts & Murmurs” and “Talk of the Town” departments, and in 2001, he created “The Borowitz Report,” a satirical news column, which has millions of readers around the world. 

In 2012, The New Yorker began publishing “The Borowitz Report.” As a storyteller, he hosted The Moth from 1999 to 2009. As a comedian, he has sold out live shows around the world, including at McCarter in 2019 during his “Make America Not Embarrassing Again” tour.

Andy Borowitz will be signing books at the event.