producing satire for National Public Radio’s All Things
Considered in 2002, after their initial attempts at collaboration—
brokering a Mideast peace accord and mapping the human
from Dick Cheney and Mel Gibson to such vaunted institutions
as the Supreme Court,the United Nations and Major League
Baseball. Their “Brookings Institution for Kids” was replayed at
Brookings’ 2003 national convention; and their presidential
primary parody, “Six Democratic Friends” (set to the theme song
from Friends) prompted an animated Internet version that was
selected by CNN’s Crossfire as its “Picture of the Day” (which,
though nice, did nothing to change their opinion of Robert
Other ATC highlights have included “Obama on Demand” (an
eavesdrop on Sen. Barack Obama’s telephone answering
machine); “Iraqi II” (a Saddam-meets-Stallone movie trailer);
pivotal albeit silent role), “The Zogbys” (an imaginary sitcom promo, which real-life
pollster John Zogby found unanimously funny); and an eight-part send-up of
campaign attack ads, which aired during the 2002 midterm elections.
including The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune and
dozens of newspapers in the Los Angeles Times-Washington Post News Service.
On the Internet, their work has been featured on The Huffington Post (where they
are invited bloggers), Alternet.org and countless web sites and blogs that continue
to cut-and-paste their work with no remuneration to the authors whatsoever.
Additionally, Kluger and Slavin created the popular “Memo to George” column for
Salon.com, in which they imagined secret correspondences to President Bush from
his Chief of Staff. The media web site Cursor.org called the series “pitch-perfect
satire” (which might have been a feather in their caps had anyone known what
Prior to their collaboration, Bruce Kluger was an editor of Playboy Magazine for 13
years, and is currently a member of USA Today’s Board of Contributors and
frequent contributor to Parenting magazine. He is the co-author, with David
Tabatsky, of the newly released, Dear President Obama: Letters of Hope from
Children Across America (Beckham Publications Group, Inc.). Additionally, he has
written for and/or co-edited Marlo Thomas’ last three best-selling books, The Right
Words at the Right Time, Vols. 1 and 2 (Atria) and the children’s collection, Thanks
& Giving: All Year Long (Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing). Both Kluger
and Slavin wrote stories that appeared in the latter, as well as on the Grammy-
winning companion CD.
For the past decade, David Slavin has worked on television and radio as a voice-
over artist, providing narration for hundreds of national and regional commercials,
as well as for The Late Show with David Letterman, and documentaries produced
by National Geographic, PBS and the BBC. He was also a contributor to the special
35th Anniversary re-release of Marlo Thomas' landmark children's book Free to
Be...You and Me.
Bruce Kluger and David Slavin live one block from each other in New York City, a
geographical imperative since neither would go much further than that to work.
Their books include Young Dick Cheney: Great American (illustrated by Tim Foley;
AlterNet Books, 2008), 'Twas the Night Before Christmas: 21st Century Edition
(Andrews McMeel, 2010) and Dog on the Roof! On the Road With Mitt & the Mutt
(illustrated by Colleen Clapp; Simon & Schuster/Touchstone, 2012).
Both are married, and both have two daughters.
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