Humor writer of the month
Paul Lander is not sure which he is proudest of — winning the Nobel Peace Prize or sending Sudanese peace activist, Fatima Ahmed Ibrahim, to accept it on his behalf, bringing to light the plight of central Africa’s indigenous people. In his non-daydreaming hours, Paul has worked as a writer and/or producer for shows on ABC, NBC, Showtime, The Disney Channel, ABC Family, VH1, LOGO and Lifetime. In addition, he’s written standup material that’s been performed on “Leno,” “Letterman,” “Conan” and “Last Comic Standing.” His humor pieces have appeared in McSweeney‘s, The New Yorker, Santa Fe Writers Project Journal, Humor Times, The Higgs Weldon and Hobo Pancake.
Judy Carter is a motivational humorist, stress reduction expert and author of three books — The Message of You Journal: Finding Extraordinary Stories in an Ordinary Day, The Message of You and The Comedy Bible. She is a regular contributor to Psychology Today. A popular and hysterical speaker, she has given keynote speeches for more than 1,000 companies and appears frequently on television shows, sharing the stage with Billy Crystal, Robin Williams, Lily Tomlin and Deepak Chopra, among others.
Laura Levine is the creative genius behind the Jaine Austen mystery series about the hilarious adventures of L.A. freelance writer Jaine Austen and her adorably self-absorbed cat, Prozac. Her writing credits include the sitcoms, “The Bob Newhart Show,” “Three’s Company,” “Laverne & Shirley,” “The Love Boat,” “The Jeffersons” and “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman.” Her advertising claim to fame: She created Count Chocula and Frankenberry cereals for General Mills.
The New York Times has called Will Durst “quite possibly the best political satirist working in the country today.” In his guise as mild mannered political comic and former radio talk show host, he is the undisputed heavyweight champion of the all-American sport of full body contact bi-partisan bashing. Sworn enemy to all tyrants, foreign and domestic, he abides by the motto: “You can’t make stuff up like this.” He pens a nationally syndicated humor column, is a frequent contributor on CNN, MSNBC and FOX News, and has written three books, The All American Sport of Bipartisan Bashing, Where the Rogue Things Go and Elect to Laugh.
Marcia Kester Doyle is the voice behind the popular humor blog, “Menopausal Mother,” where she muses on the good, the bad and the ugly side of menopausal mayhem. Blue Lobster Publishing has just released her first book, Who Stole My Spandex? Midlife Musings From a Middle-Aged MILF. She writes for numerous sites, including the Huffington Post, In The Powder Room and HumorOutcasts.com, and contributes to various anthologies. In 2014, Marcia was named a BlogHer Voice of the Year and VoiceBoks Top Hilarious Parent Blogger. In 2013, she was named a Top 25 Blogger in the Circle of Moms Contest.
New York Times’ best-selling author and domestic satirist Jill Smokler, creator of the popular parenting blog Scary Mommy, sought out a number of EBWW writers for hilarious essays for her newest e-book, Scary Mommy’s Guide to Surviving the Holidays (Simon and Schuster). She’s also the author of Motherhood Comes Naturally (and Other Vicious Lies) and Confessions of a Scary Mommy. Her nonprofit organization, Scary Mommy Nation, has provided Thanksgiving dinners to more than 4,500 struggling families in the past three years. Jill has more than a million followers on Facebook and Twitter alone, and her website averages 30 million page views a month.
W. Bruce Cameron’s newest novel, The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man, is a 2014 nominee in fiction for the prestigious Kirkus Prize. The book is described as “laugh-out-loud” mystery and “the perfect vehicle for a wild joy ride.” He is the New York Times’ best-selling author of A Dog’s Purpose, A Dog’s Journey and The Dogs of Christmas. He has written for TV (the show “8 Simple Rules,” based on his book) and with his writing partner, Cathryn Michon, writes screenplays, including “Muffin Top: A Love Story,” which will be released in November.
Stacey Gustafson is an author, humor columnist and blogger who has experienced the horrors of being trapped inside a pair of SPANX. Her work has appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul, Not Your Mother’s Books, Midlife Boulevard, More Magazine, Better After 50 and on her daughter’s bulletin board. Her book, Are You Kidding Me? My Life With An Extremely Loud Family, Bathroom Calamities, and Crazy Relatives, will be released September 2014.