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Jonathan Caws-Elwitt is a playwright, humorist, neologist, palindromist, limericist, parodist, and wit, and the author of the humor collection Custom Made, Adult Size [Wayzgoose Press]. His one-act farce The Can of Yams is in publication with 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. His whimsical essays have appeared in Verbatim: The Language Quarterly, and his one-liners have been often quoted in the Shoecabbage comic strip.
In the 1990s, Jonathan was a finalist (under a pseudonym) in the prestigious 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, whose recordings have been acclaimed by aficionados around the world, reissued by a major label in Japan, and praised by MTV and the Village Voice.
Writing under the name Jeremy Edwards, Jonathan has also earned recognition as a well-regarded and widely published author of witty, sensuous erotic literature. His publication credits under the Edwards name include two erotocomedic novels (one of which won an Independent Publisher Book Award) and well over one hundred short stories, 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.
Jonathan and his wife live in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Copyright © Jonathan Caws-Elwitt. This page revised May 6, 2014.