Thurber Prize For American Humor Finalists Announced

August 20, 2008

Finalists for the Thurber Prize were recently announced. They are:

Larry Doyle for I Love You, Beth Cooper
A former writer and producer for the hit TV show, The Simpsons, Larry Doyle is a regular contributor to The New Yorker and has a monthly column in Esquire magazine. I Love You, Beth Cooper is his first novel, and has been optioned for feature film. One of this year’s judges, Firoozeh Dumas, herself a former finalist, said: “Clearly Larry Doyle was not the BOMC (“Big Man on Campus” for those of you who have suppressed the Eighties.) Had Larry been cool, he could have never written I Love You, Beth Cooper, a hilarious yet painfully accurate account of high school in all its pimply glory.”

Patricia Marx for Him, Her, Him Again, The End Of Him
A former writer for Saturday Night Live, Patricia Marx was the first woman elected to The Harvard Lampoon. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times, and she is a contributing editor to Time magazine. She is the author of several books, including a series of children’s books illustrated by New Yorker cartoonist, Roz Chast. She teaches sketch comedy at New York University. As 2008 judge, and former finalist, Robert Kaplow said of Him Her Him Again The End of Him: “…the care and exactness of language itself elevates the story into something more artful than simply a comic novel. There is a real sense of a complicated and contradictory human being, and it infuses every page of the novel.”

Simon Rich for Ant Farm
“Simon Rich is a former president of The Harvard Lampoon. He graduated from Harvard University in 2007. This is his first book, a collection of essays about life: desperate, ridiculous and extraordinary as it often is and the remarkable and endless comic potential he sees in it. Christopher Buckley, a 2008 judge and winner of the prize in 2005, praised Ant Farm “for its youth and freshness and impertinence,” and Jon Stewart, the 2006 winner, called the book “hilarious.”

The winner will be announced at the Algonquin Hotel in New York City on October 6, 2008. See extra details about the Prize and this year’s judges at: