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SatireWire was created, run, and abandoned by Andy Marlatt, who has gone on to become a comedy writer for television, radio, and print. Among his television credits, Marlatt is the co-creator of the BBC weekly satire programme The Comic Side of 7 Days, which finished its second series at the end of 2005. Despite being an American, he has also written for several other UK television and radio shows, including the award-winning BBC 4 comedy The Sunday Format.

Andy (or in the ISDN database 'Andrew Marlatt') is also the author of the briefly bestselling book Economy of Errors (Doubleday/Broadway), and has contributed to several books, including 101 Damnations: The Humorists' Tour of Personal Hells, the 2004 release May Contain Nuts, a.k.a. Mirth of a Nation III, and, oddly enough, Step Across This Line by Salman Rushdie. No, really. His comedy and humor have been printed and heard around the world, in publications such as The Washington Post, Sydney Morning Herald, New York Magazine, Chicago Sun-Times, Asahi Shimbun, and Fortune, and on radio networks such as NPR and the Australian Broadcasting Corp.

As for SatireWire, during a nearly three-year run that ended in August 2002, it was hailed as "Hilarious" (USA Today), "Merciless" (L.A. Times), and "Hysterically funny" (Irish News) -- a Web site that "does for online news "what The Daily Show on TV does for televised news," (Calgary Herald). CNN, meanwhile, called it "a treasure chest of satirical takeoffs on current news items." Many of these pieces were ubiquitous on the Internet, regularly showing up, as NPR once said, "in everybody's inbox, leaving us all crying with laughter."

P.S. — If you want to learn more about SatireWire or the book "Economy of Errors," some interviews are available on the Web:

The Washington Post: Economy of Errors, with Andrew Marlatt
Newsweek/MSNBC: The Light Side Interview with Andrew Marlatt
The Toronto Star: Gallows Humour of the E-Bust
Connecticut Magazine: Funny Business
Reuters: New Economy Gets Old Ironic Twist (last third of story)
USA Today: Live Wire Reporter Jumps Ship To Satire
Wired: Spoofing Washington and Wall Street
CNET: Humor Site SatireWire Gives Last Laugh

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