Emily Flake

Emily Flake

Exhibited at Lycoming Arts Gallery October 2023

Hi there. I'm Emily. I'm a cartoonist-writer-performer-teacher-illustrator. I like hyphens, apparently.

I live in Brooklyn, NY, with my husband, our daughter, and an absurdly large cat.
I make cartoons for The New Yorker, mostly, but also sometimes MAD Magazine, the New Statesman, and other places. I had a weekly strip called Lulu Eightball that carried the jokes that are too vulgar for grown-up publications and too racy for MAD, back when alt-weeklies were strong and we were young. I also do a bi-weekly cartoon for The Nib, usually about whatever the political or cultural shitstorm du jour is.

I also perform - a hybrid of cartoons and stand-up wherein I show cartoons via the magic of PowerPoint and then tell funny stories. Would it help if I called it stand-up cartooning? That sounds more concise. I have done this at Union Hall, the Bell House, QED Astoria, UCBEast, and a bunch of other places from the fancy to the hopelessly vile.

I am also the proprietress of St. Nell’s Humor Writing Residency for Ladies in Williamsport, PA.

Emily Flake's Joke in a Box