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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

Veteran comedian Brenner (Soft Pretzels with Mustard) serves up a voluminous collection of shtick and anecdote. An inhaler of current events and contemporary life, Brenner can wring humor-sometimes inspired, sometimes hokey-out of a wide range of topics, from sex and marriage to sports and dentists. He declares that Californians supported the Green Party's Ralph Nader because they thought they'd get green cards. Now a parent, Brenner will get laughs for his account of how parents unconsciously let baby talk slip into their professional life. The material relating to the post-September 11 United States is hit-and-miss and can verge on the non sequitur. But his anecdotes about airline security snafus hit home because they're based on personal experience, such as when his six-year-old son's baseball cap lining was ripped open. Brenner can be amusingly hardheaded-the best time of your life isn't "right now," it "never gets better than twenty-one." The book can be didactic; Brenner regularly provides "here's why this is funny" commentary, or lectures on finding the humor in small traumas. But he often can do that, such as when he comforted a child distraught by an emergency plane landing by gently needling her, "I heard this is entirely your fault." It should be a good value for Brenner's many fans. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. 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.