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.
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. New! 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 Richard Kind (I’m Dying Up Here, Gotham) will read a hilarious assortment of comic fiction, from classic and contemporary writers.
Pudd’nhead Prize Gala:NEW DATE! Saturday, September 23; InSitu, Redding. 5:00-10:00 PM. Honoring the star, Seth Meyers, under the stars. The 4th Annual Pudd’nhead Prize for Humor will be awarded to the literate, quip-firing host of NBC-TV’s Late Night at InSitu, a glorious 8-acre sculpture garden.
Tickets for this year’s Pudd’nhead Festival will go on sale August 14th.