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Humor writer of the month

Barb Best

Barb Best turns hassles into humor one laugh at a time on her popular blog “I Feel Your Pain” which appears at BarbBest.com and Alltop.com. Her comedy material has been performed by Joan Rivers and her essays and light verse have been published in numerous print and digital publications. Barb’s books include Find Your Funny: The LOL Survival Guide for Teens with Joanne Jackal, PhD, Smiles to Go: Take-Out for the SMILE Hungry with Barbara Grapstein, and 100 Fast & Funny: Ha-Musings. She is proud as spiked punch to be an Erma Bombeck Global Humor Winner.

Kristen Hansen
Brakeman

Kristen Hansen Brakeman’s comedic essays have appeared in The New York Times’ Motherlode, The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, Working Mother Magazine, Scary Mommy and on our blog. Her debut collection of comic essays, Is That the Shirt You’re Wearing?, will be published in May 2017. Read an excerpt here. She has appeared on Huff Post Live to endlessly debate the use of the word “Ma’am,” is a reviewer for the New York Journal of Books, and a guest blogger for the Christian Science Monitor. Real humans have compared her writing style to both Erma Bombeck and Nora Ephron, but possibly they were intoxicated at the time. Brakeman works behind the scenes on television variety shows and lives in the suburbs of Los Angeles with her husband and three daughters.

Kim Bongiorno

Kim Bongiorno, author, freelance writer and award-winning blogger behind Let Me Start By Saying, is best known for her parenting humor, from 140 characters on Twitter to essay form in The New York Times bestseller, I Just Want to Pee Alone. She has had more than 1,000 articles published online and in print, appeared in eight humor anthologies, self-published a collection of short fiction, wrote a young adult novel, taught writing and online presence at conferences, received praise for her social media presence from the likes of Buzzfeed, The Huffington Post and The Today Show, and creates something new every day. Kim lives in New Jersey with her handsome husband and two charmingly loud kids, who she pretends to listen to while playing on Facebook and Twitter.

Monica Piper

Emmy Award-winning and Golden Globe-nominated writer, actress and comedian Monica Piper is currently starring Off-Broadway in her one-woman show, Not That Jewish, described as an “hilarious and heartfelt autobiographical ride of a Jew-“ish” woman’s life. …Piper shares the milestones and moments that shaped her life with the same signature wit found in her writing on Roseanne, Mad About You and her Emmy Award-winning work on Rugrats.” Check out her humor on PBS Newshour.

Peggy Rowe

Peggy RowePeggy Rowe began writing when her three sons “left our nest in Baltimore and moved as far away from us as they could get.” She’s published pieces in newspapers and magazines for about 15 years — mostly humor and human interest. Her occasional letters to her celebrity son Mike Rowe, which he reads aloud and shares on social media, have attracted a worldwide following. More than 110 million viewers laughed through her son’s delivery of a guilt-inducing letter, dubbed “Old Blue.” Her recent letter about an adventurous flight is also hysterical. She just finished her first book and plans to travel back to Dayton, when she turns 80, for the 2018 EBWW. It will be her fourth workshop.

Charlie Hall

charlie-hallCharlie Hall, an artist and stand-up comedian, parodies the 2016 presidential election in Electile Dysfunction, an adult coloring book. His cartoons are accompanied by a hilarious epic poem — for those looking for a reason to laugh instead of cry. Years of honing his craft as a comedian led to appearances on TV shows such as Star Search and the Joan Rivers Show, and he has opened for scores of headliners including Frankie Valli, Chicago, Kool & the Gang, Sam Kinison, Reba McEntire and Jerry Seinfeld. An award-winning political cartoonist, TV news courtroom artist, theater producer, art teacher, illustrator and caricaturist, he is a member of the Rhode Island Comedy Hall of Fame. He penned the lyrics for the official state song of Rhode Island.

Kathleen Gerard

Kathleen GerardKathleen Gerard’s work has been awarded The Perillo PrizeThe Eric Hoffer Prose Award and was nominated for Best New American Voices, The William Faulkner-William Wisdom Prize, The Mark Twain House Humor Prize, The Saturday Evening Post “Great American Fiction” Prize and Short Story America, all national prizes in literature. Her short prose and poetry have been widely published in magazines, journals and anthologies. Her essays have been broadcast on National Public Radio (NPR). Several of her plays have been staged and performed regionally and off-Broadway. She’s the author of three books, including the thing is, a lighthearted comical novel about a therapy dog named Prozac that rescues a woman in grief.

Elayne Boosler

Elayne BooslerThe hysterical Elayne Boosler, described as “a titan of the stand-up comedy world,” has appeared multiple times on late-night TV shows, produced and written five Showtime comedy specials, and written and directed two movies for Cinemax. Known for her “thoughtful and feisty political humor,” she’s currently working on three books. She founded and runs an animal rescue and advocacy non-profit organization, (Elayne Boosler’s) Tails of Joy, her passion. Her fashion philosophy: “If you’re not covered in dog hair, your life is empty.”

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