The Humor Columnist is Once Again a Proud Sponsor of the ‘Shirley You Jest!’ Book Awards

The Shirley You Jest! book awards are back, and the The Humor Columnist is once again a sponsor.

Last year I read the work of several of the finalists and interviewed two of the winners from other categories: Anthony Miller and JW Bull, both funny writers. The contest honors books by self-published and traditionally-published indie authors that “deliver the funny.”

Yes, I am completely biased because my sister-in-law Liz is the organizer, but this is a really great contest that gives humorous books the attention they deserve, and besides, what has nepotism ever done to hurt any of us? I mean, besides in government and at the highest levels of business and in the world of sports team ownership? And also all those Baldwin brothers getting so much acting work at the expense of more deserving thespians. OK, fine, nepotism is awful almost all of the time but not in this case. Liz loves books and authors, and she works her butt off on this thing every year.

If you’re interested in entering this contest or learning more about it, go to the Shirley You Jest website.

The submission period runs from May 20-July 22, 2013.


Insane Wedding

Read The Humor Columnist’s review of Dave Barry’s Insane City. (It’s good.)

insane-cityDave Barry is responsible for the only truly interesting rehearsal dinner in wedding history. And for that alone “Insane City” deserves praise.

“Insane City” is a book about a wedding in Miami gone horribly wrong. This madcap tale properly and hilariously documents everything that is out of control about modern weddings, a topic that is near and dear to my heart. And on top of this already thick baseline of wedding insanity Barry adds the city of Miami (also insane), the groom’s posse (drunk and insane), a bridezilla (insane times 20), her rich family (all nuts), one of the richest men in the world, two henchmen, a mysterious cabal of ultra-rich men called The Group of 11, an international humanitarian crisis, a snake, an orangutan and a tequila-drinking fake pirate ship captain.

Much like his previous book “Lunatics,” which he co-authored with Alan Zweibel, the events in “Insane City” ascend into madness. At the center of it all is our hero, Seth, a nice guy who writes tweets about douche for a living who is trying to marry the girl of his dreams. Trying is the operative word because, in case I have not made this clear, things go a little nuts.

Tucked within this delightful series of mad events is the rehearsal dinner to end all rehearsal dinners, which, fingers crossed, Hollywood won’t screw up when “Insane City” gets the movie treatment it deserves.

Amazon: Insane City