Humor writer of the month
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.
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.