The Pudd’nhead Festival was founded in 2014 through collaboration between the library and actor/comedian/best-selling authorMichael Ian Black. Drawing inspiration from one of Twain’s classic tales,TheTragedy of Pudd’nhead Wilson, Pudd’nhead celebrates library founder Mark Twain’s incomparable humor while raising much-needed funds for the library’s operations.
The centerpiece of the 3 day Festival is thePudd’nhead Prize for Outstanding Humor, awarded to someone who channels Twain’s legendary wit. Prize winners to date:New Yorkermagazine cartoonist Roz Chast, Ben Stiller and Jim Gaffigan.
Seth Meyers will receive the 2017 prize on September 23.
2017 Schedule of Events
The Hoot’nanny:Friday, September 15; Maple Hill Farm, Redding. Two shows: 6:30 or 9:30 PM. Get ready to roll in the aisles! This is an evening of NYC stand-up comedy, Redding style. Featured Comedians: Anna Drezen (a writer for SNL), Emily Galati and Judy Gold.
The Pudd’nhead Parade:Saturday, September 16; Mark Twain Library. 10:30 AM. Bob Shea, artist + author of over a dozen picture books, including the popular Dinosaur vs. and Ballet Cat series, is this year’s honorary Grand Marshall. He will lead a free program for the kiddie set.
Pudd’nhead Presents: Selected Shorts | Lots of Laughs:Sunday, September 17; Wilton Playshop. 2:00-3:30 PM. The popular radio show comes to Pudd’nhead for an afternoon of wild and wacky, laugh-out- loud tales. Actors Michael Ian Black (Wet Hot American Summer, our visionary), Ana Gasteyer (Saturday Night Live, People of Earth) and JoshCharles (The Good Wife, Masters of Sex) will read a hilarious assortment of comic fiction, from classic and contemporary writers.
Pudd’nhead Prize Gala:NEW DATE! Saturday, September 23; Sold Out. InSitu, Redding. 5:00-10:00 PM. Honoring the star, Seth Meyers, under the stars. The Prize Gala is now full, but we are so grateful to you for wanting to join us in raising funds through laughs!