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Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt is a playwright, humorist, neologist, palindromist, limericist, parodist, and wit. His one-act farce The Can of Yams is published by Samuel French, and his full-length comedy As Long as It’s in the Script: A Sex Farce within a Sex Farce has earned finalist honors in both the Mountain Playhouse Comedy Playwriting Contest and the Cheshire Comedy “Funniest Play on Earth” contest. Seventies Sex Comedy was commissioned by Scranton Public Theatre for the Jason Miller Playwrights’ Project Dyonisia ’11 invitational. Mr. Caws-Elwitt's whimsical essays have appeared in Verbatim: The Language Quarterly, and his one-liners have been often quoted in the Shoecabbage comic strip. Custom Made, Adult Size: Assorted Humor Writing by Jonathan Caws-Elwitt was published in 2012 by Wayzgoose Press. In the 1990s, Mr. Caws-Elwitt was a finalist (under a pseudonym) in the PEN Imitation Hemingway Competition, and his zany prose appeared in advertisements promoting records by the Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Frank Sinatra, and other major artists. His work has been used by celebrated entertainer Steve Allen and popular one-panel The Family Circus. A prolific composer and lyricist, he was the founder and linchpin of indie-pop musical legends the Silly Pillows. Writing under the name Jeremy Edwards, Mr. Caws-Elwitt has also earned recognition as an author of witty, sensuous erotic literature, with his work appearing in volumes published by Cleis Press, HarperCollins UK, Penguin, Running Press, Seal Press, and Simon & Schuster. As a child, Jonathan sold material to the original ZOOM television program and wrote new sight gags into his local community-theater company’s production of a Jean Kerr comedy. He holds a B.A., cum laude, from Harvard University—because he’s afraid if he sets it down, he’ll forget where he left it.


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