Zweibel wins Thurber Prize

From the Associated Press

Alan Zweibel, an author and former “Saturday Night Live” writer, won the Thurber Prize for American Humor on Monday.

Zweibel, who also helped Billy Crystal write the Broadway hit “700 Sundays,” was cited in New York for “The Other Shulman,” a comic novel about midlife crisis and the New York City Marathon.

The Thurber prize, given for the year’s outstanding work of humor writing, is worth $5,000. The award, named for American humorist and illustrator James Thurber, was founded in 1997 by Thurber House, a “national literary center for writers and readers” based in Thurber’s childhood home in Columbus, Ohio. Previous winners include Jon Stewart, David Sedaris and Christopher Buckley.