STEVE Hely isn’t funny only when he’s writing for the award-winning TV sitcom, The Office. His modestly entitled novel, How I Became a Famous Novelist, was awarded the 2010 Thurber Prize for American Humour last week.
Hely, who wrote for the TV shows 30 Rock and The Late Show With David Letterman – and won Emmys for both – received US$5,000 (RM15,600) as part of the Thurber Prize.
Previous winners of the award include political satirist, writer and comedian Jon Stewart and humorist, writer and comedian David Sedaris. The prize, which was founded in 1997, is named for the humorist-cartoonist James Thurber (1894-1961). – AP STEPHEN J. Dubner, co-author of the internationally bestselling Freakonomics, has begun a regular podcast programme continuing the book’s unique approach to everyday economics.
Launched on Oct 4, Freakonomics Radio includes a biweekly podcast exploring “what the hidden side of everything sounds like,” and is hosted by Dubner; co-author Steven D. Levitt guests occasionally. It will become weekly early next year. Fans can subscribe to the podcasts at iTunes, get it via RSS feed, or go to freakonomicsradio.com.
Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores The Hidden Side Of Everything was released in 2005 and has since sold well over four million copies worldwide. The book applies a provocative, incentives-based approach to human behaviour through case studies on such varied subjects as cheating among Sumo wrestlers and the socioeconomic patterns of naming children.
In 2009, the follow-up, Superfreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriot Prostitutes, And Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Health Insurance, also became an international bestseller. – AFP Relaxnews 2010