Check out our sizzle reel from The 22nd Thurber Prize— Special thanks to John Ondo of Ondo Media for his talents in putting this fabulous video together!
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Celebrating the very best in humor.
Authors from around the country submit their work each year in hope of being selected to receive the highest honor in humor writing today— The Thurber Prize for American Humor.
The award is given to one individual's hilarious book, as selected by our national panel of judges.
Join us next year on May 17, 2024 for The 23rd Thurber Prize! The Southern Theatre will come alive in a red carpet extravaganza and all-new show celebrating the finalists (and winner!) of this coveted national humor writing award, along with original music and dance for the times that is sure to keep your toes tappin' and the laughs flowin'.
Produced by Thurber House and created by local creatives and funny people, this is "The Mark Twain meets Tony Awards”.
The Thurber Prize is produced by Thurber House, a literary hub in Columbus, Ohio. Thurber is where the community gathers in celebration of the written word, ignited by art, and united in laughter. Within the walls of Thurber, writers find support, students find guidance, and community members find inspiration. Thurber House provides programming for both adults and children, author events, as well as operates the Thurber House museum dedicated to all things James Thurber.
Named for this humorist, author, playwright, and cartoonist, Thurber House celebrates the funny, preserves the legacy of its namesake, and acts as the heart of the community where laughter, learning, and literature meet.
Learn more about Thurber House at www.thurberhouse.org.
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At this year's show, we're bringing excerpts of our top three finalists' books to life on the stage through immersive readings from the finalists themselves. Learn more about our finalists below.
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