Alan Zweibel Gets Thurber Humor Prize

Associated Press
Tuesday, November 7, 2006

NEW YORK, Nov. 6 -- Sorry, Kinky, you're a funny guy, but the judges for the Thurber Prize for American Humor think someone else is funnier: Alan Zweibel, the author and former "Saturday Night Live" writer.

Zweibel, who also helped Billy Crystal write his hit Broadway show "700 Sundays," was cited Monday night for "The Other Shulman," a comic novel about midlife crisis and the New York City Marathon. The Thurber Prize, given for the year's outstanding work of humor writing, is worth $5,000.

Kinky Friedman, author, songwriter and independent candidate for Texas governor, was a runner-up for his essay collection, "Texas Hold 'Em." The other finalist was Bill Scheft for his novel "Time Won't Let Me."

The award, named for American humorist and illustrator James Thurber, was founded in 1997 by Thurber House, a "national literary center for writers and readers" based in Thurber's childhood home in Columbus, Ohio.

Previous winners of the Thurber Prize include Jon Stewart, David Sedaris and Christopher Buckley.

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