MAD Writer Wins Emmy, Slide in TV Standards Continues

Tim Carvell is a very funny fellow. Not only does he write MAD’s ongoing feature, Planet Tad, (soon to be a major book from Harper Collins) but he also has a day job as head writer for The Daily Show. Last night at the 2011 Prime Time Emmy Awards our boy Tim was on full display accepting the Emmy for Best Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Series.

Modern Family -- Emmy Winner, MAD Satire Loser!

Modern Family was the big winner in last night’s Emmy telecast, collecting five awards. But we’ll see how long their euphoria lasts once they realize we’ve posted the opening splash from our spoof of their little show. Written by Arnie Kogen and illustrated by Tom Richmond, the takeoff originally appeared in MAD #509. And for those of you who are about to comment and say we’re only doing this so we can be associated with a winner – good call!

Upcoming “Edgy” Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Flavors

This week Ben & Jerry’s announced their newest ice cream flavor — Schweddy Balls. This on the heels of another — Clusterfluff. What has happened to this once great, All-American ice cream brand? They are clearly traveling down a rocky road and it’s only a matter of time before these edgy names leave a bad taste in consumers' mouths. We can only imagine what additional flavors they plan announcing in the weeks ahead.

Other Problems Caused by Today's Cartoons

The announcement yesterday that SpongeBob causes hyperactivity in preschoolers is but the tip of the iceberg. Preliminary results of other studies of popular cartoons point to even more ominous affects on our nation’s children.