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2024 Bombeck Workshop Faculty Elissa Bassist

Elissa Bassist

Elissa Bassist is the editor of the “Funny Women” column on The Rumpus and author of the tragicomic memoir Hysterical, a semifinalist for The Thurber Prize for American Humor.

As a founding contributor to The Rumpus, she’s written cultural and personal criticism since the website launched in 2009.

Her next book, a comedy writing craft book, is forthcoming from Grand Central Publishing in 2026.

Elissa teaches humor writing at The New School, 92NY, and elsewhere, and she is probably her therapist’s favorite.