Roy Blount, Jr. is the author of 20 books, most recently Long Time Leaving: Dispatches From Up South, and including Feet on the Street: Rambles Around New Orleans, Robert E. Lee, If Only You Knew How Much I Smell You, Roy Blount's Book of Southern Humor and Be Sweet: A Conditional Love Story. Modesty aside, Blount has done more different things than any other humorist- novelist- journalist- dramatist- lyricist- lecturer- reviewer- screenwriter- anthologist- columnist- philologist of sorts he can think of.
Tom Bodett is an author and radio anomaly. He left a promising career building houses to become a writer and subsequently a commentator on All Things Considered. Bodett lived in Alaska for 25 years, is the author of seven books, and has written for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Redbook, and lately, the Dummerston Views in Windham County, Vt. His voice has been heard on Saturday Night Live, National Geographic Explorer, and Steven Spielberg's Animaniacs, and can still be heard in some people's faulty dental work saying "We'll leave the light on for you" about a 110 times a day.
Amy Dickinson writes the syndicated advice column "Ask Amy" for The Chicago Tribune, following in the footsteps of the legendary Ann Landers. She has also written for Time, Esquire, and O magazines. She has contributed radio stories to NPR programs for the past 10 years, and was an original "cast member" for the pilot of Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! in 1998; ultimately she was offered a job as Roxanne Roberts' radio stunt double.
Adam Felber writes and performs for screens of all sizes and resolutions, and he spends almost every night on some stage or another. He comprises one third of the Irwin Smalls Trio, a sketch comedy group. His writing credits include PBS' Arthur and Wishbone as well as AMC's soon-to-premiere The Wrong Coast. He also writes for The Smoking Gun TV show. His first screenplay, Women Are From, is currently in development at Paramount/MTV Films. Felber has been improvising comedy all over the world for the past 15 years, but he can quit any time he wants to. In addition to his many talents, he is also an accomplished blogger.
Kyrie O'Connor is deputy managing editor/features at the Houston Chronicle and writer of the daily blog MeMo on the Houston Chronicle Web site. Before becoming a Texan by choice in 2003, she was assistant managing editor/features at The Hartford Courant in Connecticut. Her articles and book reviews have appeared in newspapers nationwide, and in Commonweal magazine. She devotes her time to tending an epileptic 120-lb. chocolate Lab, supporting a bad soy latte jones, and downloading transgressive ringtones onto her celly. She is aesthetically but not morally opposed to the inside-out Reese's peanut butter cup.
P.J. O'Rourke is a correspondent for the Atlantic Monthly. He has been a journalist for 32 years and has covered news events in more than 40 countries. Mr. O'Rourke is also a regular contributor to The Weekly Standard and Automobile. He is the author of 10 books, including Parliament of Whores, All the Trouble in the World, Eat the Rich and, most recently, The CEO of the Sofa. He was Editor-in-Chief of the National Lampoon from 1978 to 1981 and international affairs correspondent for Rolling Stone magazine from 1985 to 2001.
Charles P. Pierce is a staff writer at The Boston Globe Magazine and a contributing writer to Esquire. He has been a panelist on Wait Wait since the show's launch in 1998. He began his professional career as a forest ranger for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, where he learned how to retrieve disposable diapers from trees so the raccoons wouldn't choke to death on them. He is the author of four books; his next one, Idiot America: How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free, will be published in June 2009. In it, surprisingly, he does not explain why people throw disposable diapers into trees in the first place. Some questions are beyond human understanding.
Paula Poundstone is one of the country's foremost topical humorists and stand-up comedians. She has provided humor and commentary for the Emmy and Oscar Awards shows, and served as "official correspondent" for The Tonight Show during the '92 Presidential race. Poundstone has earned two Cable ACE Awards, an Emmy and the American Comedy Awards' Best Female Stand-Up award. Her writing credits include Mother Jones magazine, The Los Angeles Times, Entertainment Weekly and Glamour magazine.
Paul Provenza has been on the cutting edge of comedy for the past decade. Funny, confident and always challenging, Paulís stand-up comedy has been critically acclaimed as bright, edgy and honest by journalists from coast to coast and a hit at virtually every major comedy venue in North America. A classically trained actor as well, he has scored successes on television and onstage.
Roxanne Roberts is co-author of The Washington Post's Reliable Source column, the paper's daily chronicle of Washington's A-listers, powerbrokers and assorted scoundrels. She's worked as a journalist for 23 years covering White House state dinners, boxing smokers and everything in between. She spends her free time (ha!) attending to one teenage son and two Siamese cats.
Mo Rocca contributes to both CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. He has appeared on most every cable network, including Telemundo, where he wowed audiences in a small but pivotal role in the hit telenovela Amor Descarado. His book, All The Presidents' Pets, blows the lid off the White House's deepest, darkest secrets. He accepts all visitors at his website.