Noam makes the New Yorker

Noam Pikelny has had help from some unexpected sources when it comes to promoting his new album, Beat The Devil and Carry A Rail.

First, the Punch Brothers banjoist was featured in an hilarious short film, created by his Hollywood pal Ed Helms, with assistance from comedy master, Steve Martin. It has been viewed over 75,000 times in less than 2 weeks at Funny Or Die.

Now, the November 7 issue of the venerable New Yorker magazine features a cartoon by Matthew Diffie, who provided the cover art for Noam’s new CD. It’s something of a dig at the ol’ 5 string in the long tradition of banjo jokes, which reimagine our beloved banjo as an object of derision.

Noam isn’t specifically credited, but it’s him, sure enough!

What’s next…  a balloon in the Thanksgiving Day Parade?

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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.

  • Brent Kornblum

    Cartoonist Matthew Diffie captured Noam down to that gorgeous Gibson top-tension. I should be so lucky to be trapped in that elevator!

  • Josh

    That Funny or Die video is priceless.