Very Semi-Serious

Directed by Leah Wolchok

Starring Bob Mankoff

The New Yorker is the benchmark for the single-panel cartoon. This light-hearted and sometimes poignant look at the art and humor of the iconic drawings shows why they have inspired and even baffled us for decades. Very Semi-Serious is a window into the minds of cartooning legends and hopefuls, including editor Bob Mankoff, shedding light onto how their humor evolves.


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  • ★★★★½ review by Annie Lloyd on Letterboxd

    eternal love for roz chast + liana finck

  • ★★★★ review by haggie on Letterboxd

    Fun look at what it takes to be a cartoonist for the New Yorker. It was really great to get a glimpse into the lives of these people, even though it's pretty detatched from all of them other than the cartoon editor at the center of the film. Going through so many cartoons (both the accepted and rejected) made me want to sit down with a giant pile of New Yorker cartoons.

  • ★★★★ review by Nick Bachan on Letterboxd

    A charming, insightful look at some of the people who shape the mythic institution that is The New Yorker. It makes featured cartoons come to life while effectively adding texture to their creators’ perspectives.

  • ★★★★★ review by mcneelymike on Letterboxd

    Many fascinating characters and funny cartoons at The New Yorker.

  • ★★★½ review by Billy Cahill on Letterboxd

    Like a million movies before it, but a fun look

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