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Matthew Diffee | Cartoonist | Biography

Matthew Diffee has been contributing cartoons to The New Yorker since 1999. His work has also appeared in TimeThe Huffington Post, The Believer and Texas Monthly magazines. He is the editor of three volumes of “The Rejection Collection: Cartoons You Never Saw and Never Will See in The New Yorker” published by Simon & Schuster and is working on a new book for Scribner called “Hand Drawn Jokes for Smart Attractive People.” He’s done illustration work for bands like the Punch Brothers and for a special collector’s edition of Stephen King’s novel “Under the Dome.” Last year Diffee received the Silver Reuben Award for best single panel cartoonist of the year and was recently named Chairman of the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Cartoonists Society.


Diffee has spoken at such prestigious venues as The Smithsonian Institute, The New Yorker Festival, TEDx and South By Southwest Interactive. He has also appeared on college and comedy stages all over the country and has been featured in The New York TimesThe Washington Post and on CNN, PBS, ABC, CBS and NPR’s Fresh Air, and All Things Considered.


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  • The New Yorker Festival
  • The Moth Main Stage
  • TED Conference, Redding
  • South by Southwest Interactive
  • Smithsonian Museum of American Art
  • 92nd Street Y
  • Cusp Conference
  • Gel Conference
  • Beaver Creek Ski Resort
  • Queen Mary II, The Cunard Cruise Line
  • Celebrity Cruise Line
  • San Francisco City Arts and Lectures
  • The Dallas Museum of Art
  • Wordstock
  • University of Wisconsin at Madison
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • Syracuse University
  • University of Michigan at Ann Arbor
  • The University of Iowa at Iowa City
  • Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival
  • National Cartoonist’s Convention
  • Cartoon Art Museum, San Francisco
  • Ed Helm’s Whiskey Sour Radio Hour
  • The Upright Citizens Brigade Theater


  • Idea City, Toronto, Canada
  • Canadian Cartoonists Convention, Montreal, Canada 
  • Die Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Germany 
  • Caricatura Museum, Frankfurt, Germany
  • Caricatura Museum, Kassel, Germany
  • America Haus, Munich, Germany
  • Universitaet Klagenfurt, Austria
  • Kunstuniversitaet, Linz, Austria
  • Media Culture Haus, Wels, Austria


  • The Rejection Show
  • Fisticuffs
  • Steam Powered Hour

Corporate Appearances

  • Merrill Lynch
  • HBO 
  • Showtime
  • BNY Mellon 
  • Fidelity 
  • Say Media
  • AAF Houston