The Mark Twain House & Museum and Theatre Within Present: A MAD Life in Comedy with Joe Raiola (GAK!)

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May 18, 2021 • 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


The Mark Twain House & Museum and Theatre Within are partnering to present longtime MAD Senior Editor Joe Raiola in a program of offbeat comedy that takes you behind the scenes of America’s dumbest magazine (BIG DEAL)! 

Joe Raiola is a national treasure and I love him dearly.”

— Christine RaiolaJoe’s mom

Satirist JoeRaiola reflects on his life in humor and 33 years as a member of the legendary “Usual Gang of Idiots” at MAD Magazine.

As one of the creative innovators behind MAD’s unprecedented longevity and influence, Joe churned out a steady stream of inspired silliness and pointed political satire from the era of Reagan to the error of Trump. During that time he specialized in making funny noises in the hallway, which was never a problem since, as he puts it, “I worked at the only place in America where if you matured, you got fired.”

This idiotic presentation of A MAD Life in Comedy will include a visual presentation featuring some of MAD’s best-loved and most controversial material, followed by a Q&A segment during which Joe will convincingly pretend that he can’t hear anyone who asks a difficult question.

This is a FREE virtual program, but donations are appreciated. REGISTER HERE.

All donations from this event will benefit The Mark Twain House & Museum and Theatre Within.

TEXT TO DONATE: The text-to-donate number is 41444; the keyword is MAD21.

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Joe Raiola is a satirist, performer, and producer. In addition to his 33 years as an editor at MAD, he has performed his acclaimed solo show The Joy of Censorship in 44 states. Joe is also the Artistic Director of Theatre Within and the Annual John Lennon Tribute charity concert, which he created in 1981 with Theatre Within Workshop Founder, Alec Rubin.  Theatre Within is a non-profit organization providing ongoing free workshops in creative expression and mindfulness for children, teens and adults impacted by cancer. For more, please visit


May 18, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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