I’m a 2008 Robert Benchley Society Award for Humor Finalist.

Cool news! I’m a 2008 Robert Benchley Society Award for Humor Competition finalist. (The humor column that got me onto the finalists list is Guide For The Opera Impaired.)

“We had a delightful time selecting our top ten finalists this year,” said Robert Benchley Society chairperson David Trumbull. “It is a true honor to turn the job of selecting the top four essays over to Bob Newhart.”

“All of the entries are read blind. No one knows who wrote which essay until the judging is finished. This keeps the competition entirely merit based,” said Horace J. Digby, a past Benchley Society Award winner…

Newhart’s selection and ranking of the top four winners for this year’s Robert Benchley Society Awards will be announced the week of July 6th.

The Robert Benchley Society Award for Humor is an international writing competition dedicated to the warm, self-effacing comic writing style that made Benchley so beloved during his lifetime. …

I thought I’d celebrate with a limerick:

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 top prize? High anxiety!

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4 Responses to “I’m a 2008 Robert Benchley Society Award for Humor Finalist.”

  1. Batocchio says:


  2. Steve Bates says:

    Good show, Mad!

    (I thought I’d already commented on this, but maybe I was interrupted by the phone or some such…)

  3. Neil says:

    Congratulations! Most of America is totally opera ignorant. They think Don Giovanni works for Sonny Soprano.

  4. I wish I had a vote so I could cast it for you! Congratulations, Mad, and good luck!