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Ten satisfied humor writers are active chewing their finger nails, every single hoping their essay will tickle the humorous bone of one particular of America’s greatest comic geniuses, Bob Newhart, who serves as finalist judge for the 2008 Robert Benchley Society Award for Humor competition.
Newhart, winner of 3 Grammy awards, a Peabody, an Emmy, and the Mark Twain Prize for Humor, is perhaps the most celebrated comedian, author, humorist, actor, entertainer and former licensed public accountant in show enterprise background. But now he has taken on the hard and amusing job of choosing the leading 4 winning entries for this year’s Robert Benchley Society Awards, a job ably handled for the past two years by Pulitzer Prize winning humorist Dave Barry.
“Actually good writing is timeless,” Newhart explained, speaking of the humorous “persona Benchley designed, like the persona Jack Benny produced–a man who was really significantly total of himself, but in a self-deprecating way.”
“All entries are go through blind. We never know who wrote the essays until the judging is finished. So the competition totally merit based,” said 2005 Robert Benchley Society Award winner Horace J. Digby, who has returned to help with judging for the past three many years.
The 2008 finalists, in alphabetical order, are, Cornelius “Con” Chapman of Weston, MA, Madeleine Begun Kane of Bayside, NY, Jesse Levy of North Hollywood, CA, Eileen Mitchell of Palatine, IL, Joseph Nebus of Jackson, NJ, Brenda Pontiff of Los Angeles, CA, John Thom of Los Angeles, CA, Mike Tuck of Hopkins, MN, Denise G. Weeks of Richardson, TX, and Sharon Elizabeth Wood of Cary, NC.
“We had a delightful time selecting our leading 10 finalists this year,” explained Robert Benchley Society chairperson David Trumbull. “It is a correct honor to flip the work of choosing the leading four essays above to Bob Newhart.”
This is Brenda Pontiff’s 2nd time in the leading ten for the Benchley Society Awards. In 2007 her essay, A Warning Concerning Self-Help Propaganda, produced the top 10, and was read through by Dave Barry. A former stand-up comic, Pontiff considers Bob Newhart 1 of her all-time idols. “I sat behind him on a plane as soon as,” Pontiff explained, “but knowing he is studying my essay is so considerably better than that!”
Like her heroes Pontiff was drawn to Los Angeles, the place she now performs as a Hollywood polish/re-author for characteristic films, and as a company growth advisor for worldwide specialist services companies. Pontiff optioned her 1st screen play in 2007.
Mike Tuck of Hopkins, MN very first go through Benchley thirty many years in the past, and instantly knew he’d discovered his preferred writer. Even right now, “all who worth humor seem up to Robert Benchley and wonder, ‘How the hell does he make it appear so easy?’” Tuck mentioned. Tuck has written humor since, as a youthful guy expanding up in Minneapolis, he was in a position to promote a number of jokes.
“Understanding Bob Newhart is in fact reading something I wrote (even if he barely gets through the initial paragraph ahead of he crumples and tosses it) is intimidating,” Tuck additional
Denise Weeks (a.k.a. Shalanna Collins) a home-grown Texas humorist, novelist, software program engineer, pianist, stomach dancer, baton twirler, is a Nationwide Merit Scholar and graduate of Southern Methodist University. She is a accurate Robert Benchley lover. A single of her hobbies is collecting Robert Benchley very first editions.
Her husband very first advised her not to get too thrilled about “this contest factor.” But when he learned “Bob Newhart is reading through my essay,” he forgot his personal tips.
Eileen Mitchell of Palatine, Illinois, who previously taught literature and writing at the College of Lake County in Grayslake, Unwell., has had a winning 12 months. In addition to generating the finals in the Robert Benchley Society Award for Humor, she has been named a winner of the 2008 James Thurber writing competition, and placed second in this year’s Will Rogers Creating Contest sponsored by the Nationwide Society of Newspaper Columnists. Her essays have been published in, America’s Funniest Humor, and on the net.
Cornelius “Con” Chapman’s, a Boston-spot attorney, a writer, and author of The 12 months of the Gerbil, a historical past of the 1978 Red Sox-Yankees Pennant Race, whose humor appears in Atlantic Month to month, The Boston Globe, and Amazon Shorts, claims that he and Benchley have a lot in typical, “if you consider one to be a lot,” Chapman explained, explaining that each he and Benchley lived in Worcester, Massachusetts, “The Industrial Abrasives Capital of the World.”
Los Angeles native John Thom, who lives in Westchester, CA, is an ardent Robert Benchley fan, who threatens that if he does not take 1st area he will place his typewriter up for sale on E-Bay.
On understanding she made the leading 10 finalists in this year’s Robert Benchley Society Award for Humor competition, Madeleine Begun Kane responded with this limerick, “I can barely preserve my sobriety, ’cause the wonderful Robert Benchley Society, Held a contest and wow, I am a finalist now. Will I win the top prize? Substantial anxiousness!”
Kane a satirist and National Society of Newspaper Columnists award winning humorist whose essays are widely published, and whose audio work has appeared on Nationwide Public Radio. Her web site, madkane.com has been named a prime website by USAToday’s About.com, Maxim magazine, and The Guardian.
Jesse Levy, a New York City transplant to Los Angeles, is a filmmaker, actor, radio disk jockey, writer, director and humorist, who explains, “Essays are difficult, specially at 500 phrases. I wrote my finalist entry in a Benchleyesq frenzy. I was reading a whole lot of Sweet Previous Bob at the time and the influence shows. Benchley has often been my favorite humorist.”
Levy is “completely thrilled” that Bob Newhart is reading his entry. “To go from getting an accountant to being a stand-up comic has always been a dream of mine,” Levy mentioned. “I guess I’d much better start hitting these accounting books,” he extra.
Joseph Nebus, of Jackson, NJ, who holds a doctorate in mathematics, and was formerly a teaching fellow in Singapore, was very first attracted to Robert Benchley’s writing when he kept noticing folks like Dave Barry speaking about him.
“I actually understood that Benchley was a timeless humorist,” Nebus stated, “when I had the likelihood to use 1 of his jokes – “There is no such place as Budapest” – and drew the identical offended response Benchley did from his essay . . . How many folks could make the existence of Budapest an ongoing supply of comic speculation?”
“I am thrilled to be a finalist for the 2008 Robert Benchley Society contest, out of respect for Robert Benchley’s substantial talent, and for the excitement of getting anything I wrote with the intention of becoming humorous currently being go through by Bob Newhart,” Nebus concluded.
A lot of of America’s brightest comic talents which includes, this year’s finalist judge Bob Newhart, Dave Barry, Woody Allen, Steve Martin, Erma Bombeck, Shelly Berman, Jonathan Winters, Richard Pryor, Steve Allen, Russell Baker and Dan Rowan acknowledged Benchley’s impact on their operate,
Benchley’s warm, self-effacing comic writing type produced it virtually the template for contemporary humor essays, mentioned humor writer Ed Tasca. Tasca holds the singular distinction of putting between the best four entries for 3 consecutive many years.
Benchley rose to fame in the 1920s writing for Harvard Lampoon, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Existence magazine and as humor columnist for the Hearst newspaper chain. Benchley appeared in much more than eighty quick movies and function length movement images. He is credited, along with Dorothy Parker, with founding the notorious Algonquin Round Table.
Benchley and his colleagues, all members of the famed Algonquin Round Table luncheon group, dominated print media for practically two decades, making a new face for American humor.
“The guide that most impressed me when I was expanding up and influenced my strategy to comedy would have been any book by Robert Benchley, or specifically My Ten Many years in a Quandary,” Newhart mentioned. “I was really a lot influenced by Robert Benchley.”
This year’s preliminary judges consist of, Benchley Society member Dwain Buck, 2005 Benchley Society award winner Horace J. Digby, writer of Robert Benchley An Annotated Bibliography Gordon E. Ernst, writer Eileen Forster Keck, puzzle designer Chris Morgan, radio character Tom Saunders, and Robert Benchley Society chairperson David Trumbull.
The competitors is open to amateurs and specialists alike. W. Bruce Cameron, whose book Eight Straightforward Principles for Dating My Teenage Daughter inspired John Ritter’s Emmy Award winning television series for ABC/Disney, and who’s newest book, Eight Basic Guidelines for Marrying My Daughter, is now in guide retailers all over the place, took prime Benchley Society Award honors in 2006. Final year’s prime award went to Daniel Montville of Oak Park, Illinois for his hilarious essay, How to Write a Book.
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Bob Newhart, winner of 3 Grammy Awards, a Peabody, an Emmy and the Mark Twain Prize for Humor, and author of his new display-business autobiography, I Should not Even Be Performing This, making him probably the most celebrated comedian-humorist-actor-author-former accountant in present-business history, this summer took time away from his hectic routine to serve as finalist judge, for the 2008 winner of the Robert Benchley Society Award for Humor. Newhart chose, as first-spot winner, New York City-based humor columnist, satirist, Madeleine Begun Kane.
In a individual note Newhart told Kane her essay, “Manual for The Opera Impaired,” completed very first since it was “the most Benchleyesque. . . “I do not know if Robert Benchley ever commented on operas in his writings, but it is definitely a subject I suspect he would have dealt with specifically as you did,” Newhart said.
Newhart appreciated judging the essays, “It definitely brought back the memories of when I very first began studying Robert Benchley and the joy his writing brought,” Newhart mentioned, but, “the judging was tough due to the fact the finalists were so very good.”
Newhart has usually credited Benchley as a significant influence on his humor. In an earlier interview with previous Robert Benchley Society award winner Horace J. Digby on A3Radio Newhart mentioned, “Actually great creating is timeless. Benchley developed–like the persona Jack Benny designed–a guy who was very much full of himself, but in a self-deprecating way.”
In his guide, I Should not Even Be Performing This, Newhart tells readers, “My influences came from the a lot more absurdist side of daily life. I have never ever forgotten the time I heard that a lady in Britain published her correspondence with Winston Churchill, so Robert Benchley made the decision to publish his correspondence with George Bernard Shaw. Benchley’s correspondence consisted of letters accusing Shaw of taking his umbrella at the theater and asking for it to be returned. Shaw kept writing back saying, ‘I never know who you are and I do not have your umbrella.’”
In a current letter Newhart advised Digby, “Larry Gilbert, writer on Your Display of Shows, A Funny Issue Occurred on The Way to The Forum and other folks too several to remember, once wrote, the comedy author (and comedian) sees the world by means of a distinct lens. There is no question in my thoughts that Benchley aided construct the comedic lens via which I view the globe. I feel his [Benchley’s] influence is certainly discernable in ‘Abe Lincoln’ and ‘King Kong.’”
“I was a voracious reader of the performs of Robert Benchley,” Newhart wrote in I Shouldn’t Be Carrying out This, “and at least on a subconscious level, 1 of Benchley’s essays influenced me to go to law college. It was about a Walter Mitty-type character who . . . created an absolute fool out of the opposing counsel to the point where the jury was applauding and even the judge was enjoying the show.”
Fortunately for the planet of humor Benchley’s “much more absurdist” influence on Newhart won out.
Kane’s essays have appeared in Loved ones Circle, America On the web, Newsday, The Chicago Tribune, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Miami Herald,, The Houston Chronicle, The New York Times, The L. A. Times Syndicate, Knight-Rider/Tribune News Support, and on National Public Radio. She bills herself, as “Mad” Kane, political satirist, parodist and recovering lawyer. Kane holds a law degree from St. John’s University School of Law and a Bachelors of Fine Arts in music from the California Institute of the Arts. Her musical talent lead to a faculty position in the Music division of Southern Methodist University, Dallas,Texas, and an oboist chair in the Dallas Symphony.
In 1995 Kane’s humor was honored by the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, and her internet site, madkane.com, has obtained accolades from USA These days, Shift Magazine, Maxim Magazine, The Guardian and other media.
On learning Newhart had ranked her essay 1st, Kane was uncharacteristically at a loss for phrases, saying only, “Yikes! I cannot think it! Thanks! . . . I’m even now in shock . . .”
Kane had celebrated currently being named a finalist by creating:
“I can barely maintain my sobriety
Cuz the great Robert Benchley Society
Held a contest and wow,
I’m a finalist now.
Will I win the leading prize? Higher anxiousness!”
Remembering that limerick, she additional, “Now that I’ve actually won initial prize, I’m thrilled and honored, but becoming Jewish, I’m still anxious.”
The 2nd, third and fourth area finalists chosen by Newhart to acquire the Robert Benchley Society Medal of Merit for 2008 are: Mike Tuck of Hopkins, MN, in 2nd location for his essay, “Welcome To America” Jesse Levy of North Hollywood, CA, in third area for, “How to View a Unhappy Movie and Retain Your Manliness” and Denise G. Weeks of Richardson, TX, in fourth spot for “How to Start off Your Own Band.” The winning essays can be viewed at The Robert Benchley Society Web site.
Denise Weeks (a.k.a. Shalanna Collins) a home-grown Texas humorist, novelist, pianist, belly dancer, baton twirler, computer software engineer, National Merit Scholar, and graduate of Southern Methodist University, is also a accurate Robert Benchley lover. One particular of her hobbies is collecting Robert Benchley very first editions.
Weeks’ husband initial recommended her not to get too thrilled about “this contest thing.” But when he realized Bob Newhart was reading through her essay, hubby swiftly forgot his personal guidance. Weeks’ reaction to placing in the prime 4 was, “Aaaaa . . . I believe a ‘Yay!’ is in purchase now!’
“Hooray! Thank you so considerably (and several thanks to Mr. Newhart),” explained third-area winner, Jesse Levy, a New York City transplant to Los Angeles. “I am thrilled past words,” he continued. “In reality, appropriate now I’m producing sounds to express my thrilledness but they cannot be conveyed in an email with out carrying out some small injury to the keyboard.”
Levy keenly appreciates that, “Essays are challenging, specially at 500 words. I wrote my entry in a Benchleyesq frenzy. I was reading a good deal of Sweet Outdated Bob at the time and the influence shows. Benchley has usually been my favorite humorist.”
Levy stated he was “definitely thrilled” just to learn that Bob Newhart was going to be reading through his entry. “To go from becoming an accountant to becoming a stand-up comic has usually been a dream of mine,” Levy mentioned, in homage to Newhart’s early career. Then, soon after reflecting for a minute on his personal career which involves filmmaker, actor, radio disk jockey, author, director and humorist, Levy extra, “I guess I would far better start hitting those accounting books.”
Mike Tuck, of Hopkins, MN, had this to say about being 1st runner-up, “Thanks for the superb information. I presume this indicates I get my $ ten entry fee back.”
Tuck very first study Robert Benchley thirty many years ago and quickly realized he’d discovered his favored author. Even these days “All who worth humor search up to Robert Benchley and wonder, ‘How the hell does he make it look so easy?’ . . . For this Benchley aficionado it is a bit numbing obtaining my name linked with his,” Tuck said.
Tuck began creating humor as a youthful guy expanding up in Minneapolis when he began marketing a couple of jokes and gags, soon earning a tidy sum of $ thirty a week, “and this is back when $ 30 a week was like $ twenty a week,” Tuck said.
“Realizing Bob Newhart in fact go through one thing I wrote (even if he barely got through the very first paragraph ahead of crumpling and tossing it) is intimidating. I have grown up with Newhart’s albums, stand-up, films and television to recognize and appreciate what a brilliant humorist he is,” Tuck said. “This would be the highlight of my occupation if I had one particular,” Tuck mentioned.
Robert Benchley rose to fame in the 1920s creating for Harvard Lampoon, The New Yorker, Vanity Honest, Lifestyle magazine and as humor columnist for the Hearst newspaper chain. Benchley appeared in more than eighty short films and feature length motion images. He is credited, along with Dorothy Parker, with founding the notorious Algonquin Round Table.
Benchley and his colleagues, all members of the famed Algonquin Round Table luncheon group, dominated print media for virtually two decades, creating a new encounter for American humor.
A lot of of America’s brightest comic skills such as, this year’s finalist judge Bob Newhart, Dave Barry, Woody Allen, Steve Martin, Erma Bombeck, Shelly Berman, Jonathan Winters, Richard Pryor, Steve Allen, Russell Baker and Dan Rowan acknowledged Benchley’s influence on their work,
“The book that most impressed me when I was developing up and influenced my strategy to comedy would have been any guide by Robert Benchley, or exclusively My 10 Many years in a Quandary,” Newhart mentioned. “I was quite much influenced by Robert Benchley.”
Benchley’s warm, self-effacing comic creating type created it nearly the template for modern day humor essays, said humor writer Ed Tasca. Tasca holds the singular distinction of putting amongst the top 4 Robert Benchley Society entries for three consecutive many years.
Other finalists in 2008 are, in alphabetical order, Cornelius “Con” Chapman of Weston, MA, Eileen Mitchell of Palatine, IL, Joseph Nebus of Jackson, NJ, Brenda Pontiff of Los Angeles, CA, John Thom of Los Angeles, CA, and Sharon Elizabeth Wood of Cary, NC.
The Robert Benchley Society Award for Humor competitors is open to amateurs and experts alike. W. Bruce Cameron, whose book Eight Straightforward Principles for Dating My Teenage Daughter inspired John Ritter’s Emmy Award winning television series for ABC/Disney, and who’s newest book, Eight Straightforward Principles for Marrying My Daughter, is now in book merchants all over the place, took prime Benchley Society Award honors in 2006. Last year’s top award went to Daniel Montville of Oak Park, Illinois for his hilarious essay, How to Compose a Book.
“All entries are read through blind, so neither Bob Newhart, nor any of the preliminary judges
knew who wrote any of the essays. That way the competitors is completely merit primarily based,” said 2005 Robert Benchley Society Award winner Horace J. Digby, who has returned to support with judging in the past three many years.
This year’s preliminary judges include, Benchley Society member Dwain Buck, 2005 Benchley Society award winner Horace J. Digby, writer of Robert Benchley An Annotated Bibliography Gordon E. Ernst, author Eileen Forster Keck, puzzle designer Chris Morgan, radio character Tom Saunders, and Robert Benchley Society chairperson David Trumbull.
“I’m satisfied for the winners,” stated finalist Brenda Pontiff, “but darn! I will enter once more next 12 months and see if I make the best 10 1 more time. I’ll be the bad man’s Ed Tasca – he placed 3 occasions, maybe I can get on the top 10 list 3 times.”
David Trumbull, the Robert Benchley Society’s national chairperson, joined in Newhart’s sentiments. “I believe Mr. Benchley would be pleased to see how this year’s contestants are retaining alive his tradition of warm, genial, witty humor,” Trumbull stated.
“I hope future judges are as lucky as I was in the quality of their finalists,” Newhart concluded.
You can learn far more about Bob Newhart, this year’s Robert Benchley Society Award for Humor, the winners and the Robert Benchley Society humor writing competitors by visiting Horace J. Digby’s official website lexingtonfilm.com
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