P.J. O’Rourke

Leading Political Satirist & Best-Selling Author of THE BABY BOOM and 17 Others

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O’Rourke covers current events, combining the skill and discipline of an investigative reporter with a comedian’s sense of the absurd and the stupid. Known as a hard-bitten, cigar-smoking conservative, he, in fact, bashes all political persuasions. Whether dealing with the inner workings of Washington bureaucracy or the shifting political and economic sands of the new world disorder, O’Rourke proves himself to be a savvy guide to national and global affairs. His razor sharp insights never fail to inform and entertain audiences.

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About P.J. O’Rourke

  • P.J. O’Rourke delivers a humorous, insightful look at current political, economic, and social landscapes–in America and abroad.
  • He is the quintessential political satirist, poking good-natured fun at all sides of the political spectrum.
  • Iconically dubbed “the modern day Will Rogers”; prolific best-selling author and columnist.

“P.J. O’Rourke is probably the most resilient comedy writer to come out of the early National Lampoon. He saw through the anarchists’ narcissism, and has been satirizing it for years in Rolling Stone and elsewhere. If anyone ‘changed comedy forever,’ it was O’Rourke.”  —The New York Times
With more than 1 million words of trenchant journalism under his byline and more citations in The Penguin Dictionary of Humorous Quotations than any living writer, P. J. O’Rourke has established himself as America’s premier political satirist. Both TIME and The Wall Street Journal have labeled him “the funniest writer in America.” He is the best-selling author of 16 books, including Parliament of Whores, Republican Party Reptile, Holidays in Hell, Holidays in Heck, Eat the Rich,  Don’t VoteIt Just Encourages the Bastards and Thrown Under the Omnibus. O’Rourke’s latest book, How the Hell Did This Happen? will be released in March 2017.

O’Rourke now writes a weekly column at The Daily Beast titled Up To a Point…, offering his classic wit and insight on today’s current events—from politics to pop culture. He is also a contributing editor at The Weekly Standard and writes a regular column for Stansberry Research, an investment newsletter company.

Speech Topics

  • An Evening with P.J. O'Rourke
  • Don't Vote: It Just Encourages the Bastards
  • If You Think Health Care Is Expensive Now, Wait Until You See What it Costs When It's Free
  • Pirates in Neckties: Government vs. the Free Market, Which is Worse?
  • THE BABY BOOM: How It got That Way…And It Wasn’t My Fault…And I’ll Never Do It Again

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The Daily Beast: P.J. O’Rourke: Who Really Actually Wants This Bill of Rights?

4/12/2014

P.J. O'Rourke for The Daily Beast: Up to a Point: The U.S. Government’s Minimum Wage Is $430 Million Per Hour

3/21/2014

The Daily Beast: PJ O’Rourke on Putin’s Crimea for Help

3/07/2014

The Daily Beast: Up to a Point: P.J. O’Rourke on Ukraine, Craps & the Fed

2/28/2014

P.J. O'Rourke for The Daily Beast: Up to a Point: PJ O’Rourke on Sochi and Senate Slackers

2/07/2014

The Daily Beast: Up to a Point: P.J. O’Rourke on SOTU, the Super Bowl and Nukes

1/31/2014

The Daily Beast: P.J. O’Rourke on Grabbing the Keys to Happiness

1/24/2014

Bloomberg: A Reflection on a Baby Boomer’s Path: P.J. O’Rourke

1/14/2014

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