Paul Krassner was editor and frequent contributor to the Freethought
magazine The Realist, which, first published in 1958, is a very
early example of the countercultural press in the United States.
Although The Realist is regarded as an underground publication
by some, it was a nationally distributed newsstand publication
as early as 1959.
Realist was published on a fairly regular schedule during the
1960s and then on an irregular schedule after the early 1970s.
It was revived as a much smaller newsletter during the mid-1980s
when material from the magazine was collected in The Best of the
Realist: The 60's Most Outrageously Irreverent Magazine (Running
Press, 1985). The final issue of The Realist was #146 (Spring,
was a child violin prodigy (and was the youngest person ever to
play Carnegie Hall, in 1939 at age six), but his career took a
different turn in the 1950s when he became an important figure
in many aspects of politically-edged humor and satire in the US.
He was a close protege of the controversial comedian Lenny Bruce
(he edited Bruce's autobiography); he worked on early issues of
Mad; he was a founder of the Youth International Party in 1967,
famous for prankster activism. He is known in intellectual property
circles for having printed The Realist's controversial 1966 poster,
"The Disneyland Memorial Orgy", illustrated by Wally
Wood in black-and-white line art. Krassner recently made Wood's
poster available in a digital color version.
remains a prolific writer and stand-up comedian. Currently, he
is a columnist for the New York Press, Disinfotainment Today and
AVN Online. He is a contributing blogger at The Huffington Post.