The Press: Laughing on the Outside

His gold-rimmed glasses could belong to a bank clerk. Narrow-faced and long of jaw, he could pass for a wholesome Woody Allen. But the small smile and nonbiting wit behind it belong uniquely to Gerald Nachman, 38, newest arrival in the small world of syndicated humor columnists.

With a home base at the U.S.'s biggest newspaper, the tabloid New York Daily News (circ. 1.9 million), Nachman in three years has picked up 80 clients and several million readers. He still trails far behind Art Buchwald (434 papers) and Russell Baker (400), but editors find him a useful Middle American alternative to the...

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