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G. Xavier Robillard Wins 4th Annual HumorFeed Competition

Posted January 15, 2009

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The fourth annual HumorFeed Satire News Awards was won by humor writer G. Xavier Robillard, who took first place amid fierce competition with the faux news story "Baristas Claim Obama's Coffee Not Black Enough."

"Robillard's story does what all good news satire does: magnifies one of the story's biggest absurdities for a whole lot of laughs," said Fox TV reporter Dave Kartunen, one of the judges on the evaluation panel. "There were a lot of well-written entries this year... I really enjoyed the competition."

Kartunen was one of five journalists and writers who selected Robillard's entry as the top pick of HumorFeed's finalists. Other judges included Emmy-award winning journalist Robert Zelnick, chair of the Boston University Department of Journalism; NPR correspondent Eric Weiner, author of NY Times bestseller Geography of Bliss; humor columnist Madeleine Begun Kane, winner of the 2008 Robert Benchley Society Award for Humor; and BBC comedy writer Andrew Marlatt, the writer behind the legendary humor website SatireWire.

"Robillard's story was a delightful parody," said Kane. "And the title made me laugh out loud!"

You can read the rest of the press release in HumorFeed.



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