Trevor Noah nominated for American humour writing prize

2017-08-24 11:48
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New York — Trevor Noah is upholding a Daily Show tradition: He's a nominee for the Thurber Prize for American Humour.

For those who don't know The Thurber Prize for American Humor is a cash prize for the art of humor writing in the United States. A panel of American judges selects the three finalists from a selection of seven or eight semi-finalists.

The Comedy Central host's memoir Born a Crime was among three finalists prize officials announced Wednesday. The other nominees for the $5,000 (about R65974 at the current rate of exchange) honor are playwright-screenwriter Ken Pisani's novel Amp'd and Aaron Thier's time traveling novel Mr. Eternity.

Previous winners include Noah's Daily Show predecessor Jon Stewart, Calvin Trillin and David Sedaris. The South African comedian has also won two NAACP Awards for his memoir which is still a bestseller locally and internationally. 

Because all three nominees this year are men, the winner will uphold another tradition: Only once since the award was established in 1997 has a woman received it. Julie Schumacher won in 2015 for Dear Committee Members.