Mark Twain Library to Honor Mad Men’s Jon Hamm with Pudd’nhead Prize for Outstanding Humor!

Save the Date for Redding's 6th Annual Pudd’nhead Festival: September 21 – September 28, 2019!

Saturday, September 21: THE PUDD’NHEAD PARADE!
10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Funny, free fun for the young! This year’s Grand Marshall is Ame Dyckman, the award-winning author of Boy + Bot and Wolfie the Bunny.

Saturday Evening, September 21: The HOOT’NANNY!
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Tickets: $75, click here for tickets

When 3 stand-up comics from NYC – real deal comics! – venture to Redding for a night of laughs in a barn, the result is a Hoot’nanny!

Saturday Evening, September 28: THE PUDD’NHEAD GALA!
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
$300 General Admission

A party like no other, honoring a star…under the stars. Wander 8 acres of InSitu, a glorious sculpture garden. Sip cocktails, wines and beers specially selected for the event by Ancona’s. Savor dinner prepared by Sarah Bouissou/Bernard’s. Laugh – a lot! – with actor, award-winning leading man and funny man, Jon Hamm.

Click here to sign up for the waitlist


All events are hosted by the incomparable Michael Ian Black.

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The Pudd’nhead Festival was founded in 2014 through collaboration between the library and actor/comedian/best-selling author Michael Ian Black. Drawing inspiration from one of Twain’s classic tales, The Tragedy of Pudd’nhead Wilson, Pudd’nhead celebrates library founder Mark Twain’s incomparable humor while raising much-needed funds for the library’s operations.

The centerpiece of the week-long Festival is the Pudd’nhead Prize for Outstanding Humor, awarded to someone who channels Twain’s legendary wit. Prize winners to date: New Yorker magazine cartoonist Roz Chast, Ben Stiller, Jim Gaffigan, Seth Meyers, and Paul Rudd. This fall, the Pudd’nhead Prize for Outstanding Humor will be awarded to Jon Hamm.