Wednesday, November 08, 2006

2006 Thurber Prize for American Humor

Fans of humor, take note - Alan Zweibel has won this year's Thurber Prize for his novel The Other Shulman. Don't know who he is? You should. I know him best as the creator and producer of the once highly amusing television comedy It's Garry Shandling's Show. You may know him as a producer on the HBO series Curb Your Enthusiasm or as a former writer on Saturday Night Live. You can find his many accomplishments at IMDB.com. He will join the ranks of Jon Stewart, David Sedaris and Christopher Buckley, who were winners from previous years.

Booklist Review:

Shulman is running the New York Marathon--slowly--and while he trudges toward the distant finish line, he ponders the torturous path that brought him to such an unlikely place. In a style that successfully blends the woebegone humor of Woody Allen with the whiplash sarcasm of Jerry Seinfeld, former Saturday Night Live writer Zweibel (cocreator of such comedy classics as Roseanne Roseannadana and Miss Emily Litella) tells the hilarious story of the overweight, stressed-out Shulman, who somehow convinces himself that running 26.2 miles will solve all the problems created by his failing business and flagging marriage.

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