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Past Thurber Prize Winners

2015

Winner: Julie Schumacher, Dear Committee Members

Finalists:
Roz Chast
, Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?
Annabelle Gurwitch
, I See You Made an Effort


2014

Winner: John Kenney, Truth In Advertising

Finalists:
Liza Donnelly
, Women on Men
Bruce McCall and David Letterman
, This Land Was Made for You and Me (But Mostly Me)

2013

Winner: Dan Zevin, Dan Gets a Minivan: Life at the Intersection of Dude and Dad

Finalists:
Shalom Auslander, Hope, A Tragedy
Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel, Lunatics: A Novel


2012

Winner: Calvin Trillin, Quite Enough of Calvin Trillin: Forty Years of Funny Stuff

Finalists:
Nate DiMeo and the creative team of Parks and Recreation, Pawnee: The Greatest Town in America
Patricia Marx, Starting From Happy

2011

Winner: David Rakoff, Half Empty

Finalists:
Rick Reilly, Sports from Hell
Mike Birbiglia, Sleepwalk with Me

2010

Winner: Steve Hely, How I Became a Famous Novelist

Finalists:
Jancee Dunn, Why Is My Mother Getting a Tattoo
Rhoda Janzen, Mennonite in a Little Black Dress

2009

Ian FrazierWinner: Ian Frazier, Lamentations of the Father

Finalists:
Sloane Crosley, I Was Told There'd Be Cake
Don Lee, Wrack and Ruin
Laurie Notaro, The Idiot Girl and the Flaming Tantrum of Death

2008

Larry DoyleWinner: Larry Doyle, I Love You, Beth Cooper

Finalists:
Patricia Marx, Him Her Him Again The End of Him
Simon Rich, Ant Farm and Other Desperate Situations

2007

Joe KeenanWinner: Joe Keenan, My Lucky Star

Finalists:
Merrill Markoe, Walking in Circles Before Lying Down
Bob Newhart, I Shouldn’t Even Be Doing This and Other Things That Strike Me Funny

2006

Winner: Alan Zweibel, The Other Shulman

 Finalists:
Bill Scheft, Time Won’t Let Me
Kinky Friedman, Texas Hold ‘Em

2005

Winner: Jon Stewart and the writers of The Daily Show, America (The Book): A Citizen’s Guide to Democracy Inaction

Finalists: 
Andy Borowitz, The Borowitz Report: The Big Book of Shockers
Firoozeh Dumas, Funny in Farsi

2004

Winner: Christopher Buckley, No Way to Treat a First Lady

Finalists:
Robert Kaplow, Me and Orson Welles
Dan Zevin, The Day I Turned Uncool

2001

Winner: David Sedaris, Me Talk Pretty One Day

Special Honor Book: Henry Alford, Big Kiss

Finalists:
Andy Borowitz, The Trillionaire Next Door
Bill Bryson, In a Sunburned Country
Brett Leveridge, Men My Mother Dated
Jim Mullen, It Takes a Village Idiot

1999

Winner: The editors of The Onion, Our Dumb Century: 100 Years of Headlines from America’s Finest News Source 

 

 

1997

WinnIan Frazierer: Ian Frazier, Coyote v. Acme

 Honor Books:
David Sedaris, Naked
Al Franken, Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot and Other Observations