Author: Rufus Hound
Publisher: Random House
Release Date: 2011
Genre: Stand-up comedy
For a stand-up comedian, a heckler is either a curse or a blessing. On one hand, the drunk at the back of the room yelling incoherent nonsense can ruin the evening for everyone. But on the other, a funny, well-timed heckle can really ramp up the laughter in the room. Either way, all stand-ups know they must be prepared to deal with hecklers by using the most effective weapon at their disposal - the put-down. Whether they are sharp enough to fire them off on the spot or they have a battery of tried-and-tested insults to suit every different occasion, put-downs are an essential part of every comedian's repertoire. In this book, TV comedian Rufus Hound has compiled 200 of his favourite put-downs from his friends on the current circuit, from past comedy legends and from his own performances. Every category of heckler is covered - from Loudmouths to Smartarses, Racists to Wannabe Comedians - and Rufus has found reposts to put even the most attention-seeking disrupters in their place, making this the ideal gift for anyone interested in the art of stand-up, or anyone who wants to laugh along at some of the funniest insults in UK comedy history.
Author: Stephen Rosenfield
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
Release Date: 2017-11-01
Genre: Performing Arts
Stephen Rosenfield, founder and director of the American Comedy Institute, the premier comedy school in the United States, has taught literally dozens of major standup comics in North America, and has also pioneered comedy as an academic discipline in many universities, a trend that is rapidly spreading. Mastering Stand-Up draws on Rosenfield's own extensive experience (and those of countless stars like Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor, Chris Rock, Rodney Dangerfield, Louis C.K., Steve Martin, Roseanne, and Johnny Carson) to show the reader—and would-be comic—what works, what doesn't, and why. Forty sharply written chapters cover every conceivable angle of the joke and how to tell it. There are a number of books on comedy and how to do it, but none has the breadth and authority Rosenfield brings to his theme. It's not for nothing that the New York Times has described him as "probably the best-known comedy teacher in the country." Rosenfield's book is sure to become the classic text on its subject. And it should help thousands who long to make others laugh to realize their fondest hopes.
Csoti emphasises the benefits of learning communication and social skills for children with special needs, including better friendships and self-esteem. The numerous tasks and practical examples enable parents, professionals and carers to work with children on improving their social skills and awareness, and respecting themselves and other people.
What would happen if comedy were combined with growing deeper in your faith? You would have a fun devotional for learning more about God. One of America's top comedians brings his unique style to an unlikely venue--a devotional? Laugh out loud with Rich Praytor as he looks at the humorous side of everyday aspects of life, such as marriage, money, or work while discovering something about God and his plan for us. Made up of 31 chapters (representing a full month), A Stand-Up Comic Sits Down with Jesus starts each entry with a clean, funny joke followed by a Scripture reference, and some thoughts on that particular subject. Just try to keep a straight face when reading Keeping a Journal, Being Too Churchy, Honoring Your Parents, and Marriage II. This is a devotional like no other! Author also includes two "intermission" chapters of personal reflection.
Author: Philena Bruce
Publisher: John Hunt Publishing
Release Date: 2010-06-01
Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit
Know That You Are Loved adds a gloriously simple secret to the current thinking on materializing your desires. Whether wanting to transform difficult relationships, alleviate physical problems, manifest a new car, or simply ensure that there will be someone there to help you lift a heavy bag onto a train, this eminently practical guide provides simple, effective solutions. A breath of fresh air in the field of manifesting and healing, this book offers down-to-earth exercises to help you create a more enjoyable life-many of which can be practised while standing in a queue waiting for a bus! Know That You Are Loved holds the key to connecting with the underlying fabric of the ever changing world we live in: unconditional love.-Sahar Huneidi, Author, Spiritual Life Coach columnist, and Editor of PS-Magazine.com This is a practical book loaded with very useful information and advice on many aspects of life. Philena Bruce is a seasoned Healer and a good story teller with a disarming sense of humor.-Chidi Asika-Enahoro, Author and Talk Show Host
A collection of short stories about people both like us and yet unlike us. A surfer who lost his hand discovers his best friend's girlfriend on the waves of Ocean Beach; a desperate couple tries to recoup a way of life and a kidnapped daughter; a young tennis player learns about the complexities of family life and history; a father loses a child and faith in a political system. These stories have been published in literary magazines nationally, including Other Voices, Talking River Review, The Green Mountains Review, The Florida Review, and Nimrod: An International Journal.
Do you know an impulsive child? One who is full of exaggerations, quick to respond, careless with words, and acts without thinking. Do you have a child who gets out of his seat regularly while he's not suppose to, interrupts conversations, or jumps to the front of the line uninvited? Impulsiveness is the quick, natural response for these kids. They might do all these things and more (keep in mind, they generally do them rapidly). Nevertheless in the very same breathe, impulsive kids can be quick to defend, remorseful for poor decisions, and able to leap over obstacles in a single bound. There's a gift for us to discover in impulsiveness. The disciple, Peter, emulates both the strengths and weaknesses of impulsive behavior. Impulsiveness had Peter rushing into the water to meet Jesus, while also quickly cutting off a soldier's ear. He was quick to defend, responded without thinking, and passionate beyond words. His impulsiveness allowed him to experience the miracle of walking on water, while everyone else watched him from inside the boat. The beauty of Peter's impulsiveness is displayed within his life. Peter's impulsiveness allowed him to experience close encounters with God. He's authentic and real. He's growing and he's a challenge. But in the end, he's solid, and the guy others wanted to follow. Discovering the gift of impulsiveness begins in the life of Peter.
Author: Michael Harris
Publisher: Morgan James Publishing
Release Date: 2012-04-10
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
A yoga teacher’s wise, witty memoir about life and near-death: “In a world full of new-age nonsense, Michael is a true gem.” —Jessica Biskind, MA, LPC Michael Harris has had his ups and downs in life. There were a few big falls, like losing more than half of his liver in an accident at twelve years old, becoming an alcoholic by sixteen—endangering what was left of that liver—and nearly losing his legs from vascular disease at twenty-seven. But once Michael gets you through the gory details of the mess he found himself in, he’ll tell you what he did to get back up out of that mess—with plenty of entertainment and inspiration along the way. From his brushes with death to his passion for life, and his tale of how he ultimately became a successful yoga teacher, Falling Down Getting Up just might help you get back up, too.