Finalists in 2006 Robert Benchley Humor Prize Competition

BOSTON, MAY 16, 2006 -- David Trumbull, Chairman of the Robert Benchley Society extends thanks to all 106 entrants in the Second Annual Robert Benchley Humor Prize Competition and congratulates the ten finalists whose essays will now be passed on to Dave Barry, Pulitzer Prize winning humorist, author of the New York Times best seller, Dave Barry's Money Secrets for the final judging.

The ten finalists are:

The Robert Benchley Society, a not-for-profit organization, was founded in Boston, Massachusetts in 2003. It has since grown to include members in several countries. Information about the Society may be found at

Robert Benchley (Grandfather of Peter Benchley who wrote Jaws ) rose to fame as a leading humorist in the 1920s writing for Harvard Lampoon, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, where he shared an office with Dorothy Parker, Life magazine, and as a humor columnist for the Hearst Newspapers. Benchley was also notorious as a member of the Algonquin Round Table. Today's leading humorists, including Dave Barry, Woody Allen, Bob Newhart, Russell Baker, and Steve Martin, gratefully acknowledge Robert Benchley's influence on their work.

Horace J. Digby, the 2005 Robert Benchley Humor Prize says: "I found my first Benchley book in my parents attic. I was eight years old, pretending to be too sick to go to school. I never knew adults wrote books like that. It was love at first sight. I read it over and over. That's when I knew I wanted to be a humor writer when I grew up, just like Robert Benchley."