Thurber Prize for American Humor
Congratulations to Harrison Scott Key, Winner of the 2016 Thurber Prize!
At a ceremony on September 26, 2016, at Carolines on Broadway in New York City, Harrison Scott Key was awarded the 2016 Thurber Prize for American Humor for his memoir, The World’s Largest Man (Harper). The host for the evening was John Kenney, the 2014 Thurber Prize winner for Truth in Advertising.
The World’s Largest Man is both a grand comic satire on the contemporary American South and the tender story of a boy and his Bunyanesque father, told with the comic punch of David Sedaris and the wild, burlesque charm of Mark Twain.
The runners-up for the Prize were Jason Gay for Little Victories (Anchor, a division of Penguin Random House) and Mary Norris for Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen (W.W. Norton & Company).
The 2016 Thurber Prize is conferred upon the author and publisher of the outstanding book of humor writing published in the United States between January 1, 2015, and December 31, 2015. The Thurber Prize for American Humor is the nation's highest recognition of the art of humor writing. The award carries with it a $5,000 prize and a commemorative crystal plaque for the winning author.
The three esteemed judges for the 2016 Thurber Prize for American Humor were:
- John Kenney, New Yorker contributor and 2014 Thurber winner for his book Truth in Advertising
- Celia Rivenbark, humor columnist and author of seven books, including Rude Bitches Make Me Tired and the 2005 Thurber finalist We’re Just Like You, Only Prettier: Confessions of a Tarnished Southern Belle
- Bruce Tracy, Senior Editor at Workman Publishing who edited the 2006 Thurber winner The Other Shulman by Alan Zweibel and finalists including Funny in Farsi by Firoozeh Dumas and The Idiot Girl and the Flaming Tantrum of Death by Laurie Notaro