3 finalists for Thurber Prize for American Humor are women

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

NEW YORK (AP) — Thurber Prize judges have made it official: Women are funny, too.

Nearly 20 years after its founding, the all-male winners' circle for the Thurber Prize for American Humor is finally changing.

New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast, actress-writer Annabelle Gurwitch and novelist Julie Schumacher were the finalists announced Monday by organizers of the $5,000 prize.

Chast was cited for her graphic memoir about her parents, "Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?" Gurwitch was included for her essay collection "I See You Made An Effort." Schumacher got a nod for the academic satire, told in letters, called "Dear Committee Members."

The award was established in 1996 and was named for late humorist James Thurber. Until this year, it had only been won by men, including Jon Stewart and David Sedaris.