Thursday, April 29, 2010

Coming May 24th, America's Greatest Humorist, Robert Benchley



“Benchley has no superior among American writers in subtle humor. He has the pulse of the discriminating readers as few others have.”

Charles Hughes-Founder and Editor DAC News

“When I write a piece, I would rewrite it, then polish it; it took a lot of time and then I’d find out that Benchley did it better fifteen years before.”

James Thurber-Writer

“A good, stuffy way to describe Benchley would be to say that ‘he occupies a unique position in American humor’. He occupies nothing of the sort. He is top dog.”

S J Perelman-Writer

“Way to go. Another generation gets to discover SOB (Sweet Old Bob ).”

Horace Digby-2005 Winner Robert Benchley Award

Presented in their original form these pieces have not been seen in decades. Hilarious and funny, Benchley is the Master of Nonsense for its own sake and he demonstrates it to the full in

THE ATHLETIC BENCHLEY -- Available MAY 24 from and

Hardback or paperback, the sophisticated humor of the Algonquin Round Table from its funniest soul will be sure to become a treasure in your library.

Reserve a copy starting May15th.

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Friday, April 23, 2010

Benchley Humor Competion

There will be a Robert Benchley Society Humor Award Competition this year, but the dates are yet to be settled. The rules will be the same, or very nearly the same, as last year's.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Thurber House Adult Writing Workshops present a Special Master Class

Thurber House Adult Writing Workshops present a Special Master Class in Fiction with New York Times Bestselling Author: Jennifer Crusie

Limited to only twenty, this Master Class in Fiction will cover the basics of fiction writing, taught by one of the most popular and acclaimed novelists, Jennifer Crusie. The class will include:

identifying and sharpening the central conflict revising , using classic plot structure and character arcs unifying the story through theme

Students should bring a synopsis of their novels, and the first and last page which will be used to work through the basic elements of fiction to be discussed.

DATE: Saturday, June 19, 2010
TIME: 1-4 P.M., followed by a wine and cheese reception
LOCATION: THURBER CENTER, 91 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
PRICE: Non-refundable $150

Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis and is limited to 20 students.

Click here for a downloaded PDF of the registration form

Mail registration and payment to:

Thurber House Master Class in Fiction
77 Jefferson Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43215

Or fax it to: Thurber House Master Class in Fiction Fax #: 614-280-3645

Friday, April 2, 2010

It Happened One Morning

And now a short comedic film by Jesse Levy, runner-up in the 2008 Robert Benchley Humor Competition. --

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Thursday, April 1, 2010

Robert Benchley Shorts (30 Shorts 1935 - 1944)

From the pages of Vanity Fair and The New Yorker to a seat among the wits at the Algonquin Round Table to movie screens nationwide, Robert Benchley cut quite the funny figure. And never more so than in the short subject series the humorist made at MGM from 1935 to 1944, gathered here in a complete - and completely uproarious - 3-Disc Collection of 30 Theatrical Shorts. The writer adopted a common-man persona to investigate and comment on the challenges of daily living and scored the first time out: his debut short How to Sleep won an Academy Award?. And whether trying to figure income taxes, enjoy a movie, train a dog, take a nap or tackle many other daunting situations, the beloved comic master's foibles have always delighted and influenced generations of funnymen and -women who followed.

For more information or to order see the Robert Benchley Society website at

Robert Benchley Society

For more information about the Robert Benchley Society, local chapters near you, our annual Award for Humor, and our Annual Gathering, visit The RBS Website