Guest judge B.J. Novak returns to Studio 360 to announce the winner of our summer humor writing challenge, Funny Ha Ha. Novak picked a winner and a runner-up, and he admits that he's impressed by the caliber of entries.
Winner: Emma Callahan
Callahan's submission was written as a play, with dialogue and stage directions. Novak loved how she used the first line of dialogue as a character's line, and then immediately had another character come in and ridicule the language. "This author is lovingly sick of a lot of aspects of culturally enlightened, lit-theater-poetry," Novak says, "and it was very fun to see someone who's in the middle of it --- and obviously likes it enough to know it well --- parodying it." Callahan admits that she knows her writing is a bit provocative. "My parents haven't read it yet," she says. "But I think I'll let them read it now after knowing I've won."
Read Emma's entry here.
Runner Up: DylanSchifrin
Novak says Dylan's opening paragraph grabbed him from the beginning. The absurd story about a man falling in love with a houseplant shows "he has a really good take on contrasts," Novak explains. "The whole thing has a really great, impressive tone."
Read Dylan's entry here.
A big thank you to all the students who shared their work with us. You can see their submissions here.