I Think There's a Terrorist in My Soup: How to Survive Personal and World Problems with Laughter--Seriously

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Andrews McMeel Publishing, Sep 1, 2003 - Humor - 304 pages
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"I know why I'm here. I have a contract. I have no idea why you're here, but it has been said that laughter is the best medicine, and Americans have never needed that medicine more than they do tonight. So let me be your doctor." --David Brenner's opening line, performing in Las Vegas on the evening of September 11, 2001

On September 11, 2001, veteran comedian David Brenner was in the midst of a "cushy" 44-week stand-up gig in Las Vegas. The next day, he instructed his agent to book him on an eighteen-month nationwide tour. He called it the "Laughter to the People" tour, and on it he shared his humor with a grieving nation. Audience response was overwhelming. In I Think There's a Terrorist in My Soup: How to Survive Personal and World Problems with Laughter -- Seriously, Brenner draws partially on highlights from his 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 uncontrollable, like war.

The essays in the book 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. Each chapter begins with a brief introduction and then goes right to the heart of the material, much of which has been well tested on Brenner's nightclub and television audiences. With a sharp humor and healthy doses of humanity, I Think There's a Terrorist in My Soup: How to Survive Personal and World Problems with Laughter -- Seriously can't help but heal its readers.

 

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Contents

Sex
3
Childbirth
15
Children
28
Marriage
39
Work
46
Money
58
Political Correctness
69
Religion
78
Terrorists and Terrorism
132
Anthrax
142
War and Peace
149
Sports
164
Weather
178
Losing and Gaining
193
Dentists
212
Studies and Statistics
231

Crime
85
Cloning
95
Politics and Politicians
99
Airport Insecurity
117
Aging
246
Epilogue
271
Copyright

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About the author (2003)

David Brenner is a comedy institution. He is a frequent guest on the shows of David Letterman, Larry King, Howard Stern, and Bill O'Reilly, and The Tonight Show. Before beginning his career in comedy, he wrote, produced, and directed television documentaries.

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