Thurber Prize for American Humor

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The Thurber Prize for American Humor, named after American humorist James Thurber, recognizes outstanding contributions in humor writing. The prize is given out by the Thurber House. It was first awarded irregularly, but since 2004 has been bestowed annually.

Award winners[edit]

Al Franken (finalist) — Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot and Other Observations
David Sedaris (finalist) — Naked
Henry Alford (Special Honor Book) — Big Kiss
Andy Borowitz (finalist) — The Trillionaire Next Door
Bill Bryson (finalist) — In a Sunburned Country
Brett Leveridge (finalist) — Men My Mother Dated
Jim Mullen (finalist) — It Takes a Village Idiot[1]
Robert Kaplow (finalist) — Me and Orson Welles
Dan Zevin (finalist) — The Day I Turned Uncool
Andy Borowitz (finalist) — The Borowitz Report: The Big Book of Shockers
Firoozeh Dumas (finalist) — Funny in Farsi
Kinky Friedman (finalist) — Texas Hold 'Em: How I Was Born in a Manger, Died in the Saddle, and Came Back as a Horny Toad
Bill Scheft (finalist) — Time Won't Let Me
Merrill Markoe (finalist) — Walking In Circles Before Lying Down
Bob Newhart (finalist) — I Shouldn't Even Be Doing This!: And Other Things That Strike Me As Funny
Patricia Marx (finalist) — Him Her Him Again The End of Him
Simon Rich (finalist) — Ant Farm: And Other Desperate Situations
Sloane Crosley (finalist) — I Was Told There'd Be Cake
Bruce Ducker (finalist) Dizzying Heights: The Aspen Novel
Don Lee (finalist) — Wrack and Ruin
Laurie Notaro (finalist) — The Idiot Girl and the Flaming Tantrum of Death
Jancee Dunn (finalist) — Why Is My Mother Getting a Tattoo?
Rhoda Janzen (finalist) — Mennonite in a Little Black Dress
Mike Birbiglia (finalist) — Sleepwalk With Me and Other Painfully True Stories
Rick Reilly (finalist) — Sports from Hell
Nate DiMeo (finalist) — Pawnee
Patricia Marx (finalist) — Starting from Happy
  • 2013: Dan Zevin (winner) — Dan Gets a Minivan
Shalom Auslander (finalist) — Hope: A Tragedy
Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel (finalists) — Lunatics: A Novel


  1. ^ "2001 Thurber Prize for American Humor". Thurber House. Retrieved 13 October 2011. 
  2. ^ "'Frasier' Writer Wins Literary Award," Associated Press, October 3, 2007.
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