Aug 24, 2015
By Michael Kramer
The all-male circle for the Thurber Prize for American Humor is finally changing.
New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast and actress-writer Annabelle Gurwitch are joining novelist Julie Schumacher – as finalists for the $5,000 Thurber prize.
Chast is nominated for her graphic memoir about her parents, “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?” Gurwitch is included for her essay collection “I See You Made An Effort.” And Schumacher gets the nod for the academic satire “Dear Committee Members.”
The award was established in 1996 and is named for late humorist James Thurber.
Until this year, it has only been won by men, including Jon Stewart and David Sedaris.