NEW YORK -- Dave Barry and former Saturday Night Live writer Alan Zweibel are in the running for a top humour prize.
Lunatics, a novel co-written by Barry and Zweibel, is a finalist for the Thurber Prize for American Humor. The other nominees announced Wednesday were Shalom Auslander's novel Hope, A Tragedy and NPR "comic correspondent" Dan Zevin's essay collection Dan Gets a Mini-Van.
The winner receives $5,000. The prize is named for humorist-cartoonist James Thurber and has been given to Calvin Trillin, Christopher Buckley and David Sedaris, among others. Zweibel won in 2006 for his novel The Other Shulman.
-- The Associated Press