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Humor writer of the month

Ritch Shydner

Ritch Shydner, author of the newly released Kicking Through the Ashes: My Life as a Stand-up in the 1980s Comedy Boom, has been described as “an incredibly funny observational comedian.” He has made numerous guest appearances on late-night TV as a comic. He also played Al Bundy’s co-worker on Married with Children and appeared in Designing Women, Roseanne and feature films such as Beverly Hills Cop II. He has written for Roseanne, The Jeff Foxworthy Show and HBO’s The Mind of the Married Man. This is his second book. In 2006, he compiled stories of comedians on the road for I Killed, which he co-wrote with Mark Schiff.

Norine Dworkin-
McDaniel

A longtime magazine writer turned “parenting snarkologist,” Norine Dworkin-McDaniel has written for nearly every women’s magazine you can buy at the supermarket checkout as well as for Parents Magazine, HuffPost Parents, Scary Mommy, parenting.com and WhatToExpect.com. Named one of TODAYParents’ Funniest Parents in 2015, Norine is the editor of The Big Book of Parenting Tweets and The Bigger Book of Parenting Tweets and co-author of Science of Parenthood: Thoroughly Unscientific Explanations for Utterly Baffling Parenting Situations. That book hit #1 on Amazon’s Hot New Parenting Humor Releases and won both the GOLD Benjamin Franklin Award for Parenting & Family from the Independent Book Publishers Association and Foreword Reviews’ SILVER IndieFab Award for Humor. Foreign-language editions of Science of Parenthood will soon be available in China, Taiwan and Vietnam. In 2017, she received third-place honors in the online humor, blog and multimedia category in the National Society of Newspaper Columnists’ annual column contest.

Jase Graves

Jason (Jase) Graves is a new writer for the EBWW blog and a finalist in the 2017 National Society of Newspaper Columnists’ column contest in the humor-writing category. He writes a regular column for The Kilgore News Herald and blogs for The Longview News Journal.  He is a married father of three daughters and writes about home and family issues from a humorous perspective in his personal blog, “What’s Wrong With Daddy?” Other than writing, his primary hobby is sleeping as late as possible.

Dawn Weber

Dawn Weber is a national award-winning humor columnist (NSNC, 2011), Huffington Post contributor and author whose work has been published in five anthologies and a new humor book, I Love You. Now Go Away: Confessions of a Woman with a SmartphoneShe writes at the Huffington Post and on her blog, Lighten Up. The Buckeye Lake Beacon, which published her “Lighten Up” column, calls her the local love child of Dave Barry and Nora Ephron.

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.

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