Comedian Amy Schumer makes a stop in Redding on September 25 to accept the Pudd'nhead Prize for Outstanding Humor at the 8th Annual Pudd'nhead Prize Gala 2021.

The Pudd’nhead Festival was founded in 2014 by NY Times Bestselling author, actor, and comedian Michael Ian Black, celebrating pre-eminent funny man Mark Twain. So it's not surprising that the event is already SOLD OUT.

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The week-long festival is the major fundraiser for Redding's Mark Twain Library, raising much-needed funds for the library’s operations. The Puddn'head Prize, which is a four-foot golden spoon, is awarded to someone who channels Mark Twain's legendary wit, and since 2014, the Esteemed Spoon has been handed to Roz Chast, Ben Stiller, Jim Gaffigan, Seth Meyers, Paul Rudd, Jon Hamm, and Laura Linney.

Michael Ian Black Carries the Infamous 'Esteemed Spoon' - Mark Twain Library FB Photo

The inspiration behind the Puddin'head Prize comes from one of Mark Twain's classic stories, 'The Tragedy of Pudd'nhhead Wilson', where a young slave woman, fearing for her infant's son's life, exchanges her light-skinned child with her master's.


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