The Thurber Prize for American Humor will be awarded at Caroline’s Comedy Club on Broadway in New York City on October 2, 2017. Named after the late humorist James Thurber, previous winners have included Jon Stewart, Calvin Trillin and David Sedaris. And it’s considered an honor just to be among the year’s three finalists.  One first-time novelist up for the prize is Ken Pisani for his book “Amp’d.” It’s a humorous look at a man who loses his arm in a car accident. Really.

FOX’s Jane Metzler talks with Pisani about the book, his inspiration, and his journey from art director and cartoonist to stand-up comedian, playwright, screenwriter and now, novelist. The two also discuss what it means to take home the Thurber Prize, Pisani’s competition, and some of comedy’s famous finalists who failed to win.

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