Louis Donald "Lou" Silverstone (May 17, 1924–March 9, 2015) was a comedy writer who was one of "The Usual Gang of Idiots" at MAD Magazine from 1962 to 1990.
At MAD, he was primarily, though by no means exclusively, a writer of television and movie parodies. His first-ever contribution was "Bananaz," a parody of Bonanza. It was not until 1968 that he began contributing other kinds of articles, many of which were otherwise related to television and movies.
Following his association at MAD, Silverstone moved to its competitor Cracked, where he served several years as an editor and writer.
Silverstone grew up in Plainfield, New Jersey and attended the University of Illinois. He worked as an accountant for several years before becoming a comedy writer "through sheer determination and relentless persistence." He was married for 61 years.