Humor writer of the month
Jenny Lawson, “The Bloggess,” is an award-winning humor writer known for her great candor in sharing her struggle with depression and mental illness. She’s the author of two New York Times’ bestsellers, Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things and Let’s Pretend This Never Happened. Her popular blog (www.thebloggess.com) averages millions of page views a month, and she is considered to be one of the funniest women alive (“by at least three people”).
Anna Lefler is a humorist, comedy writer, EBWW faculty member and author of two books, Preschooled and The Chicktionary: From A-Line to Z-Snap, The Words Every Woman Should Know. She describes her new novel, Preschooled, as “a comic love letter to my children’s nursery school years in Santa Monica.” Laraine Newman, an original cast member of “Saturday Night Live,” calls it “so goddam funny it made me want to ditch my life so I could read it.” A portion of the proceeds from the book will benefit the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. Click here to watch the hysterical book trailer.
Susan Konig, a 2006 Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop keynote speaker alongside her comedian husband Dave Konig, has been called “hilarious,” “witty” and “downright Bombeckian” by Publisher’s Weekly and USA Today in reviews of her humor series The Motherhood Trilogy. This spring, Konig republished all three best-selling titles under her newly founded publishing imprint, Willow Street Press. Why Animals Sleep So Close to the Road, I Wear the Maternity Pants in This Family and Teenagers and Toddlers Are Trying to Kill Me! chronicle the laugh-out-loud adventures brought about by suburban migration, pregnancy after 39ish and the conflict between the family dog and the school bus (spoiler: the bus wins the battle, but not the war).
Cathryn Michon‘s hilarious romantic comedy “Muffin Top: A Love Story” continues to draw laughs — and serious attention to the issue of women’s body images. It will finish its summer run on STARZ and be available on Netflix, starting Aug. 30. The film, which she wrote, directed and starred in, is based on her book The Grrl Genius Guide to Sex (With Other People). She also directed the movie’s trailer, recognized in July with a bronze Telly award. The movie received a 92 percent audience fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and inspired a “Girls’ Night Out” Red Carpet Premiere Tour and a “Girls’ Night In” party kit edited by Mindy Wells Hoffbauer. Comedian Judy Carter calls the film “funnier than ‘Bridesmaids,’” and Riotcast.com describes her as “the female Louis C.K.”
New York Times’ best-selling novelist Lisa Scottoline and her daughter, Francesca Serritella, have teamed up on another collection of funny stories, Does This Beach Make Me Look Fat? From identity theft to the hazards of bicycling to college reunions and eating on the beach, they tackle the quirks, absurdities and wonders of everyday life with wit and warmth. The two have collaborated on a number of books of essays, drawn from their weekly humor column, “Chick Wit,” in the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Lowell T. Christensen is the winner of the Robert Benchley Society Humor Writing Competition and author of The One-Minute Zillionaire — Achieve Wealth, Fame, and Success in an Instant, Give or Take a Hundred Years. He has kept himself busily occupied as a writer, engineer, rocket scientist, musician, backhoe operator, outdoorsman, chef, rancher and international traveler. His previous books include Coping with Texas and Other Staggering Feets and Beginning Farming and What Makes a Sheep Tick, and he has written magazine articles that feature presidential elections through the theme of Shakespearean plays.
Roz Warren writes for The New York Times, Funny Times, Huffington Post, Christian Science Monitor and the Jewish Forward. And she’s been featured on the “Today Show.” (Twice!) Her latest book, Our Bodies, Our Shelves: A Collection of Library Humor, has been called “screamingly funny” in a Huffington Post book review. In all, she’s written 13 humor books.
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.