Rare Artist Succeeded in Drama, Comedy

Writer, director, playwright and filmmaker Nora Ephron, a rare artist who succeeded in both drama and comedy as well as on the big screen and the printed page, died Tuesday died of complications from the blood disorder myelodysplasia, which was diagnosed six years ago. Ephron was 71. As a writer Ephron earned Oscar nominations for […]

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: […]

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 […]