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Title:
I think there's a terrorist in my soup [how to survive personal and world problems with laughter-seriously]
Author:
Brenner, David, 1945-
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Publication Information:
Minneapolis, Minn. : HighBridge, 2003.
Physical Description:
5 audio discs (6 hrs.) : digital, stereophonic ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
"David Brenner draws on highlights from his 'Laughter to the people' tour's stand-up material to show how humor can give us the power to transcend personal and world problems - from the unavoidable, like aging, to the controllable, like war. His observations cover a wide range of issues, including fear of flying, going bald, marriage and divorce, pets, politics, terrorism, losing and gaining weight, money problems, and religion"--Container.
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Subtitle from container.

Unabridged selections.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9781565117952
Format :
Audiobook on CD

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Comedy legend David Brenner shows how humor can give us the power to transcend tragedyOne September 11, 2001, David Brenner was in the midst of a 48-week standup comedy gig in Las Vegas. Immediately after the tragic day, he cancelled the engagement and instructed his manager to book him on a nationwide tour. He called it the Laughter to the People tour, and it was to become the most gratifying chapter in his long and distinguished career--a nightly session of hilarity and healing which absolutely confirmed his conviction that laughter is the best medicine, and if one can laugh, one can live.In this collection, Brenner offers brilliant comic riffs--well-tested on his audiences--on a wide range of issues, from the personal to the political. His topics include fear of flying, marriage and divorce, terrorism, political correctness, sex, aging, war, smoking, losing weight, pets, religion, and sports. With its razor-sharp wit and healthy doses of humanity, I Think There's a Terrorist in My Soup will leave listeners breathless with laughter and strengthened with hope."This 'survival' guide, meant to help us transcend tragedy through humor, is as good as a live performance. With humanity and honesty, he offers this work as a prescription for our ailing world. Apply liberally; repeat as needed.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

After 9/11, veteran comedian Brenner set off on a "Laughter to the People" tour to spread his message that when we stop laughing, the terrorists have won. This audio adaptation includes much of the material from that tour. Brenner tackles all the typical topics: sex, money, employment, politics, religion. He talks about growing up with a Dad who ran numbers and a Mom whose home economics consisted of buying "100 pair of shoe laces with their metal tips missing." He takes the listener through his first love and first job, but the jokes are lost in his self-indulgent, lengthy stories. At times, Brenner himself seems bored as he reads, and he occasionally hurries past some good material in the process. Still, Brenner has some shining moments. He riffs about cloning Mike Tyson and sending him and his clone into the ring to take each other on, and he plays one terrorist calling another and speaking in code ("the footballs will not bounce this weekend"). Brenner's spot-on accents are the highlight of this collection. His wicked imitation of George W. Bush alone may be worth the price of the audio book.(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

Brenner is a very funny man. Funny is in his genes-his father was funny, his grandfather was funny, and his three sons will probably all be funny. A frequent guest on the talk-show circuit, the comedian has been making us laugh for over 30 years by concentrating his keen wit and unremitting candor on our fragile humanity. The book draws on material from Brenner's "Laughter to the People" tour, embarked upon shortly after September 11 in an effort to heal his audiences with a generous dose of humor arising from his unique perspective on life. A born storyteller who honed his craft on the mean streets of Philadelphia, the author offers observations about work, sex, marriage, divorce, political correctness, weight, pets, and religion that are laugh-out-loud funny. The section on our President's pre-9/11 malapropisms is worth the price of admission. Brenner is never mean-spirited; he has the ability to pinpoint the absurd and find the lighter side of the most difficult situations. This "survival" guide, meant to help us transcend tragedy through humor, is as good as a live performance. With humanity and honesty, he offers this work as a prescription for our ailing world. Apply liberally; repeat as needed. Highly recommended for all public libraries.-Barbara J. Kenney, Roger Williams Univ., Bristol, RI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.