ATTEND THE THURBER PRIZE FOR AMERICAN HUMOR

 


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The Thurber Prize for American Humor, one of the highest recognitions of the art of humor writing in the United States, is presented annually to one author of exceptional humor writing. This hilarious red carpet event is held in James Thurber’s hometown of Columbus, Ohio. This is the event of the year—don’t miss it!


The 2019 Thurber Prize for American Humor

October 23, 2019

Emceed by WOSU Radio Host Christopher Purdy

The Lincoln Theatre 769 E. Long St., Columbus, OH 43203

Guests will be entertained during a spectacular evening of humor featuring the three 2019 finalists. At the close of the event, the winner will be announced and presented with the 2019 Thurber Prize for American Humor. For a night of good friends, good fun, and award-winning humor, the Thurber Prize is the place to be!

 

TICKETS

VIP Tickets: $151.50
VIP Includes Private Reception and Premium Seating

Standard Tickets: $51.50

SCHEDULE

5:30 pm | Private VIP Reception

6:45 pm | Doors Open for Standard Admission

7:00 pm | Program

Valet Parking Available

 

Questions about the event? Contact Anne Touvell at 614-464-1032 x10.

Sponsorships are available! Contact Kelly Zwink at 614-464-1032 x14.

 
 

FEATURING THE 2019 THURBER PRIZE FINALISTS:

 
 

SLOANE CROSLEY
Look Alive Out There

Image credit: Ungano Agriodimas

Image credit: Ungano Agriodimas


From the New York Times-bestselling author Sloane Crosley comes Look Alive Out There―a collection of essays filled with her trademark hilarity, wit, and charm. The characteristic heart and punch-packing observations are back, but with a newfound coat of maturity. A thin coat. More of a blazer, really.

Sloane Crosley's life is a series of relatable but madcap misadventures. In Look Alive Out There, whether it's scaling active volcanoes, crashing shivas, playing herself on Gossip Girl, befriending swingers, or squinting down the barrel of the fertility gun, Crosley packs her essays with nerve and electric one-liners.

 
 

JOHN KENNEY
Love Poems for Married People

Image credit: Rick Knief

Image credit: Rick Knief


2014 Thurber Prize winner John Kenney is at it again with a hilarious collection of love poems for married people. Full of brilliant wit, dynamic energy, and a heavy dose of reality, Love Poems for Married People turns the poetic form upside down and leaves it in the dishwasher to dry.

Inspired by one of the most shared New Yorker pieces of all time, this collection captures the reality of life once the spark of a relationship has settled—and amusingly so. With pieces that cover all areas of married life, from parental gripes to dwindling sex lives, Kenney's wry observations and sharp humor remind us exactly what it's like to spend the rest of your life with the person you love.

 
 

SIMON RICH
Hits and Misses

Image credit: Melissa Fuller

Image credit: Melissa Fuller


Hits and Misses is a collection of stories inspired by a former Saturday Night Live writer's real experiences in Hollywood. Simon Rich chronicles the absurdity of fame and the humanity of failure in a world dominated by social media influencers and reality TV stars. He talks about dreaming big and falling flat, about ordinary people desperate for stardom, and the stars who are bored by having it all.

The stories in Hits and Misses vary greatly in theme, roaming across time and space to skewer our obsession with making it big—from the days of ancient Babylon to the modern age of TMZ.

 


2019 THURBER PRIZE HOST COMMITTEE CHAIRS

Fred Hadley Xenia Palus


2019 THURBER PRIZE HOST COMMITTEE

 

Anonymous
Mike and Paige Crane
Bill and Marcia Evans
Judy Garel
Mike Jones and Jody Croley Jones
Mary Lazarus

Win and Roberta Logan
Doug and Kathy Matthews
Susan Tomasky and Ron Ungvarsky
Jim and Barbie Tootle
Paul Watkins

 


THANKS TO OUR THURBER PRIZE SUPPORTERS!

 
 
 
 
 

The Thurber Prize for American Humor is made possible by the Greater Columbus Arts Council and an anonymous family fund of The Columbus Foundation.

 


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