Entries For 2013 Thurber Prize Being Accepted

Was the release of your hilarious romantic comedy overshadowed last year by Fifty Shadows of Grey? Did a book of sample SAT questions outshine your witty collection of personal essays? If so, here’s your chance at redemption. The Thurber House has begun accepting submissions for the 2013 Thurber Prize for American Humor. Named after humorist […]

Award-Winning Humor Writer, “TAL” Contributor

David Rakoff, an award-winning humor writer and frequent contributor to the National Public Radio staple This American Life died Thursday night in Manhattan. Rakoff, who overcame Hodgkin’s disease while in his ’20s, had been battling a cancerous tumor located behind his shoulder. The Canadian-born writer addressed both illnesses in his books, including Half Empty which […]

New Book Lists America’s 50 Funniest Writers

James Thurber, Woody Allen and David Sedaris are among America’s 50 funniest writers, living and dead, as suggested by comedian and satirist Andy Borowitz (left) in his new book The 50 Funniest American Writers: An Anthology of Humor from Mark Twain to The Onion published by The Library of America. Also making the grade were: […]

Rakoff Wins 2011 Thurber Prize

In Half Empty, David Rakoff’s third collection of essays, the Canadian-born author confesses to assuming the worst out of life so that he’ll never be disappointed. In an interview The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart, Rakoff says his cockeyed approach even gained merit when, while writing Half Empty, he learned he had a malignant tumor in […]

Books That’ll Unwrap Laughs This Holiday Season

If you’ve ever watched America’s Funniest Videos with a group of people, you know just how varying senses of humor can be. Such was the challenge of compiling this list of gift recommendations. But other questions popped up, too. For example, there are two books written by Steve Martin (Born Standing Up; The Pleasure of […]