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Mark Twain Library Pudd’nhead Festival returns

August 28, 2018

The fifth annual Pudd’nhead Festival returns next month to the Mark Twain Library with four events.

The festival was founded in 2014 by the library and Michael Ian Black, an actor, comedian and author. It was inspired by Twain’s story “The Tragedy of Pudd’nhead Wilson,” and celebrates Twain’s humor while raising money for the library’s operations.

Each year, the Pudd’nhead Prize for Outstanding Humor is awarded to someone who channels Twain’s wit. This year’s recipient is Paul Rudd, who will be recognized at the gala on Sept. 22. The $300 tickets are sold out but people can join the waiting list through the library’s website.

Previous winners include New Yorker magazine cartoonist Roz Chast, Ben Stiller, Jim Gaffigan and Seth Meyers.

Children can enjoy the festival with crafts, activities and a free parade around the library from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sept. 15. The grand marshal will be children’s author and illustrator John Himmelman. Participants should register through the library’s website.

The festival also features selected shorts at the Ridgefield Playhouse with readings from Black, Jane Kaczmarek and Kate Walsh. Tickets are $30 per person and available on the library’s website.

The Pudd’nhead Hoot’nanny, a stand-up comedy show, is scheduled for Sept. 14. The $75 tickets are sold out but a waitlist is available through the library’s website.

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