Interview: Al Jaffee [unabridged]

By DAN MAZUR  |  November 18, 2010

Were there any of the artists that they did have to rein in? I know they had to rein in some of the writers, especially for sexual innuendos or references, but that might be in the context of some kind of textual piece. I just wasn't privy to that. To me personally, neither Harvey nor Feldstein said, 'You cant do that.' Because I just knew what . . . even though I was tagged the kaka-doody contributor to Mad because I would have a lot of things like the solution to the doggy-doo problem. Not too long ago I did a thing, an invention that appeared in the front of Mad magazine of a solution to long lines to the bathroom on aircraft, which was built in toilets in your seat, and you know it was an invention. I didn't show anyone using it. It looked like something that would be advertised at Hammacher Schlemmer. Perfectly logical. And they printed it.

Lately they are doing things that I think most of us wouldn't have done years ago when the magazine was considered for children as young as nine, 10, 11 years old. In the current issue of Mad, there's a whole thing about condoms. That's something that I wouldn't do even if I had an hilariously funny idea of what to do with condoms, other to use them for they're intended for. But I wouldn't do it. And Feldstein wouldn't have accepted it either. But they have to do that now, because of what kids see on the Internet now. Tame doesn't sell anymore. But it's not for me.

What other projects do you have lined up? I might do more "Snappy Answers" for Mad, because they're very receptive to them. But I'm happy to just to do the fold-ins for Mad.

Is there anything coming out today in humor, TV, print, Internet that's something that you especially like? Y'know, my wife and I we're getting so old, we really don't do much. We don't go looking for the latest big thing. We tend to watch a lot of Netflix, old movies, or a lot of the British humor. For example The Vicar of Dibley, which I like a lot, it's crazy enough to be funny. As Time Goes By, and Hyacinth. And of course a lot of the regular programs, the NewsHour and stuff like that. But we don't go to the movies. We were discussing it the other day. My wife told me its now 11 dollars to go to a movie and I said I didn't want to do when it was eight dollars.

Plus there's commercials. Commercials are the bane of my existence.

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