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Australian comedians draw Donald Trump’s attention with cheeky cartoon

TWO Australian comedians have drawn Donald Trump’s attention with a cheeky New Yorker cartoon.

A PAIR of Australian comedians have attracted Donald Trump’s attention with a cheeky political cartoon published in the New Yorker.

A pile of media clippings is delivered to Mr Trump every morning and afternoon, and on this occasion, their cartoon was near the top of the pile, the lobbyist told them after attending a White House meeting.

“He was like, ‘I really like this,’” Jason tells “I guess he just saw himself and he liked it.

“He’s got tiny little hands ... but he obviously just sort of went, ‘Yeah that’s me, I love it.’”

The cartoon is not particularly flattering, showing Mr Trump watching the gun march on television and blaming video games — a parody of Republican remarks on deaths by firearms.

“It sucks because that’s the biggest insult a cartoonist can get,” says Jason, who spent ten years drawing for local and national papers in Australia. “You ask any political cartoonist, if the person you’ve drawn likes it, you’ve failed, dismally.”

The 34-year-old says he was much happier when Mr Trump blocked him on Twitter earlier in the presidency, after Jason asked the former reality star if he was drunk.

Scott, on the other hand, says he was “rapt” that the President liked their cartoon and told his mum.

The stand-up comics have had great success with their satirical New Yorker drawings, and have now started recording a podcast based on the cartoons. Their images have covered almost every Trump scandal, from the Stormy Daniels saga to the Syria missile strike.

While Mr Trump’s presidency has provided a rich stream of material for humour, they have also delved into topics including Kanye West’s outburst, the Met Gala, Mark Zuckerberg and bitcoin.

When the pictures are too edgy for the popular American magazine — one was a cartoon of a death-row inmate taking an Instagram photo of his last meal — they sell them to Australian publications including MAD magazine.

“Every Friday, we hear back from the [New Yorker] editor whether we got in or not,” Jason says. “I go in on a Tuesday morning and sit with the editor and she gives her feedback. There would be roughly 25 people who slip in throughout the morning and it goes on into afternoon.

“It’s the last open-call cartoon meeting in the world.

“It’s so competitive. They get thousands of entries each week. They choose about 16.”

The pair sold their first cartoon to the magazine around the year ago — a surreal joke about “Vlad the Employer”.

They also write and appear on stage and television — although Scott, 38, says one American told him “Aussies don’t talk like that” when he auditioned for an Australian character.

The twosome are now preparing to turn the podcast Is There Something In This? into a live show, sketching out audience suggestions in real time. “I’m just glad two white male comedians have finally made a podcast,” jokes Scott. “For so long it’s been crying out for that — it’s a hole in the market.”

He says he doesn’t have the answers to the political problems of our time. “If I did, I wouldn’t be here writing jokes.”

But he adds: “You don’t want to pick a side necessarily. I think finding the logic for it is more important than trying to have a really right-on moment.

“We’re in danger of just finding ourselves in heated agreement with people we like and then as a result, when you meet people you disagree with, it becomes a very combative exchange.

“I always feel like any political discussion, you’re only ever one move away from being called Hitler or a snowflake. I don’t think that’s a great way to end a conversation.

“It’s also interesting to see what people think is the big news story because on any given day now — I feel like I’m longing for a decade ago — but you’d go, that is today’s story. Whereas now at 9am, you’re going right, it’s one of the following three or four, and that’s if there’s not some terrible shooting.”

Jason begins his stand-up routine by telling the audience: “I’ve wanted to live in America my whole life. I feel like I’ve caught you at a weird time.”

He moved to New York several years ago when Barack Obama was President. “As soon as I started living here, it turned to this,” he says. “And so I’m very angry, I feel like I’ve been short-changed. I feel like finally I’m in this land of opportunity and it’s turned into Russia.

“Some of the crap he says is beyond parody, so it has become very difficult for us to find a gauge, to make something seem silly, because it already is silly.

“We’ll be like, what’s the Trump angle and how do we make this funny without just showing what happened? So what’s our take on it, so we’re trying to develop a unique voice in the process.

“I guess we’re outsiders looking in, in a way. We’re Aussies in America, so we do have a unique take on American politics.”

Terrible News: I'm now part of the Usual Gang of Idiots at MAD!

© Copyright 2018 Jason Chatfield

© Copyright 2018 Jason Chatfield

I'm deeply ashamed to announce I'm now officially one of the Usual Gang of Idiots at MAD Magazine.

I don't know what I did to deserve this, but my name will now be tarred with the same brush as Al Jaffee, Sergio Aragones and Mort Drucker. Yecch!!

When I was just a little kid, I picked up my first copy of MAD from the floor of a recently extinguished house fire and distinctly remember thinking, "Wow! What a steaming pile of crap!" before tossing it back into the smouldering ruins.

Furthermore, I'm mortified to have to drag the reputation of my dear friend and writing partner, Scott Dooley through the mud in having his name tarnished alongside mine in our first (and hopefully last) piece in this (cheap!) rag.

I can only hope nobody buys a single copy of the brand new issue #1, available at all failing newsagents and bookstores from April 18th.


PS. Don't worry, Ginger Meggs won't be appearing in the magazine. I wouldn’t drag his image into such disrepute. This is just a scribble I did to give myself nightmares. I'll post the actual cartoon when the magazine is on sale.

Picture This! @ New York Comedy Festival


Picture This! is honoured to be back for another year at the New York Comedy Festival!

COMEDY BY: Adam Conover, Jo Ann Firestone, Aparna Nancherla, Sam Jay, Marcella Arguello, Rae Sanni & Music by Free The Mind!
ANIMATION BY: Bryan Brinkman, Dan Pinto, Jason Chatfield, Victoria Elena Montes, Ray Alma & Irene Morales!

HOSTED BY: Ian Fidance!

This year I'll be drawing for Adam Conover from TBS's Adam Ruins Everything.




SUNDAY 11/12 9:45p Doors, 10p Show $8 online, $10 at the door

at Union Hall, 702 Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Event Detail


"What is Picture This!?"

PICTURE THIS! is a new show from Brandie Posey & Sam Varela: two girls who want to push the boundaries of what a comedy show can be. Picture This! is a live comedy show with stand-ups performing while they are drawn live by some of the best animators, cartoonists, and other artists in Hollywood, CA, SF, NYC and Portland. Picture This! has also debuted in Toronto, New Zealand and Australia! The comedians don’t know what the animators are drawing and the animators don’t know how the comedians will react.

It may be weird

It may different.

But it will be FUNNY!


Footnote: It was such an epic show! Thanks so much to everyone for coming out.

Footnote: It was such an epic show! Thanks so much to everyone for coming out.

The Sounds and Sights of Hasbrouck Heights: Part 1

The Sounds and Sights of Hasbrouck Heights: Part 1

"You British?" the man at the table in front shouted. "You limey fuck!" he added, as the audience erupted in rapturous applause.

I looked down, still gripping the mic like a police baton, and tried to think of something clean, witty and funny to come back with. I snorted, then opened my mouth to respond, but all that came out was a small puff of dust.


This was going to be a long weekend...

A Day in The Life...

A lot of people ask me, they say "Jason. You do so many things. You're a cartoonist. You're a comedian. You're an unlicensed veterinarian. What is your day even like?"

Well, rather than write it up like some kind of typewriter monkey, I thought I'd just show you in video form! This is what a regular old Wednesday looks like for old pal Chatfield.

You're welcome.


Gig Sketches: The Stand Comedy Club


Reubens Hosts Club!

Reubens Hosts Club!

The absolute bottom of the barrel of cartooning talent turned out in droves to celebrate the great Arnold Roth's birthday at the Society of Illustrators in Manhattan last night.Among the rabble were we four scribblers; all Past, Current and Future NCS Reuben Award Hosts! 

Fear and Loathing in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

Fear and Loathing in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

I don't remember taking any of these photos...

My head throbbed as I squinted at the clock to see it was 11:20am. I'd just realised I'd left my drivers license in New York, and I had to pick up a rental car 20 minutes ago Pennsylvania.