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A Night of Political Humor

  • Studio 64 Marin 64 Louise Street San Rafael, CA, 94901 United States (map)

Join us for a night of Political Humor.

We are incredibly lucky to have 3 (!)  Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonists coming to Studio 64 Marin:

Joel Pett, Jack Ohman & Mark Fiore


Joel Pett:

Pulitzer prize-winner Joel Pett’s cartoons have appeared in hundreds of publications, including the Washington Post, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Times of London, USA Today and the Katmandu Times. Magazine credits include Time, Newsweek, Business Week, Omni, Institutional Investor, Spa Finder, Sierra magazine and MAD.

Pett also received the 1999 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, and five Global Media Awards for cartooning, as well as a regional Emmy for television commentary.  He is a past president of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists, a past Pulitzer juror, and has conducted three overseas seminars on editorial cartooning as a guest speaker of the U.S. State Department.


   A sometime stand-up comic, Pett has shared his blend of deceptively simple and provocative humor at dozens of venues, including the Newseum in Washington, D.C., Boston’s John F. Kennedy Library, Indiana University, Whitman College, Ohio State University, Brandeis University and more.


  Blending stand-up comedy and political cartooning, arguably the two most direct and controversial forms of free speech, Pett takes the audience on an often hilarious and decidedly politically incorrect ride, which explores the humor in everything from politics to love and war, and his live onstage drawings are always a hit.


  A great political cartoon or well-delivered one-liner can make you both laugh and think, and that’s exactly what you’ll take away from Joel Pett’s lively performance.


Jack Ohman:  is the editorial cartoonist at The Sacramento Bee, in Sacramento, California. Jack Ohman joined The Sacramento Bee in 2013. He previously worked at the Oregonian, the Detroit Free Press and the Columbus Dispatch. His work is syndicated to more than 200 newspapers by Tribune Media Services. Jack has won the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, the Scripps Foundation Award and the national SPJ Award, and he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2012 and the Herblock Prize in 2013. In 2016, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning.



Mark Fiore

Pulitzer Prize-winner, Mark Fiore, who the Wall Street Journal has called “the undisputed guru of the form,” creates animated political cartoons in San Francisco, where his work has been featured on the San Francisco Chronicle’s web site,, for over ten years. His work has also appeared on,,, and NPR’s web site. Fiore’s political animation has been featured on CNN, Frontline,, and cable and broadcast outlets across the globe.

Beginning his professional life by drawing traditional political cartoons for newspapers, Fiore’s work appeared in publications ranging from the Washington Post to the Los Angeles Times. In the late 1990s, he began to experiment with animating political cartoons and, after a short stint at the San Jose Mercury News as their staff cartoonist, Fiore devoted all his energies to animation.

Growing up in California, Fiore also spent a good portion of his life in the backwoods of Idaho. It was this combination that shaped him politically. Mark majored in political science at Colorado College, where, in a perfect send-off for a cartoonist, he received his diploma in 1991 as commencement speaker Dick Cheney smiled approvingly.  (Update:  In a bit of poetic justice, Fiore was the commencement speaker twenty years later.)

Mark Fiore was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for political cartooning in 2010, a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award in 2004 and has twice received an Online Journalism Award for commentary from the Online News Association (2002, 2008). Fiore has received two awards for his work in new media from the National Cartoonists Society (2001, 2002), and in 2006 received The James Madison Freedom of Information Award from The Society of Professional Journalists. 




Earlier Event: June 4
Weekend Mosaic Workshop
Later Event: July 13
Pens, Poems, Paint and Paste