Lewis Black
63, national stand-up
ranter and social critic,
best-selling author, regular contributor to “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” and
Silver Spring native.

Lisa Cohen
44, founder and chief executive of, the 24-hour live comedy ticker. Nominated for a 2012 Comedy Award for best app, WitStream hand-selects contributors for a curated feed of funny tweets.

Joe Elbert
65, who was assistant managing editor of photography for The Post from 1988 through 2007, presiding over four Pulitzers and receiving in 2003 the Joseph A. Sprague award, the highest given by the National Press Photographers Association.

Steve Friedman
57, author of two personal memoirs, the darkly comic “Lost on Treasure Island
and the poignant “Driving Lessons,” and co-author with Scott Jurek of a current best-selling memoir, “Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness.”

Erin Jackson
34, nationally touring stand-up comedian and writer — and Howard University grad — who has appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” Comedy Central and, most recently,
on TV Guide Network’s “StandUp in Stilettos.”

Gene Weingarten
60, Pulitzer-winning journalist, author of WP Magazine’s Below the Beltway humor column and co-author
of the syndicated strip
“Barney & Clyde.”

Harris Wittels
28, who runs Twitter’s @Humblebrag feed and is an Emmy-nominated writer for NBC’s “Parks and Rec” and HBO’s “Eastbound and Down.” His book “Humblebrag: The Art of False Modesty” was published Sept. 25.

Emily Yoffe
56, who writes Slate’s Dear Prudence advice column and spent many years humiliating herself as the Web site’s Human Guinea Pig. She was inspired to write the book “What the Dog Did” after her beagle ate her bra.

Memoir winner:

A stroke of luck?


Proof of Age

Flipping a wig

The joy of cooking

Prophets and losses