Thurber Prize for American Humor Announces First All-Female Trio of Finalists

The Wall Street Journal

An all-female trio of finalists for the Thurber Prize for American Humor award was announced Monday, ensuring that the prize, which was founded in 1996, will finally be awarded to a woman.

Writer and actress Annabelle Gurwitch, New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast and novelist Julie Schumacher will vie for the title, which comes with a $5,000 prize.

Gurwitch was selected for her essay collection “I See You Made an Effort: Compliments, Indignities, and Survival Stories from the Edge of 50.” In an essay titled “Stay Funny,” Gurwitch recounts the first time she received a solicitation email from AARP, which showed a couple wearing matching pastel sweaters and pleated Dockers.

“The entire outfit screams, Here, take my libido and hold it for the rest of my life, which won’t last much longer anyway,” she writes. “The man has his arms encircling the woman’s waist. Is he propping her up because she’s suffering from osteoporosis, or helpfully disguising her muffin top?”

Former winners of the Thurber Prize include Jon Stewart and David Sedaris.  

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