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Comedy Film: Writer-Producer-Director Nancy Meyers

5 Sep

Father of the Bride Part II

Father of the Bride Part II (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Something's Gotta Give (film)

Something’s Gotta Give (film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Comedy films with class and wit are hard to come by.

Comedy films that are about people and relationships? Scarce!

Comedies that don’t insult our intelligence by embracing the lowest common denominator of crass taste and stupidity? Rare! […]

Cookie Controversy – Toss Those Cookies

26 Aug

Wrong!  Wrong!  Wrong!

What you ask?

Nuclear proliferation, injustice, human trafficking, belly fat?

Yes, but also…

The “Limited Edition” Swedish Fish Oreo Cookie

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Misguided on so many levels

A cookie is not a collector’s item. […]

FUN MOVIE: “Alice Through the Looking Glass!”

22 Jun

 

LOOKING for a FUN movie?

LOOK no further than Disney’s “Alice Through the Looking Glass” – the sequel to the blockbuster film “Alice in Wonderland.”

The combo of live-action and animation, exciting visual effects, adventure, surreal set design, fun characters, and lighthearted wordplay creates an amusing entertainment that’s hard to resist.

Screenwriter Linda Woolverton (Beauty and the Beast, Lion King, Homeward Bound, Alice In Wonderland, Maleficent) crafted an intriguing tale (loosely based on Lewis Carroll’s book “Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There”) featuring a strong, independent Alice and your favorite witty characters from “Alice in Wonderland.”

You’ll love the clever humor, plus the puns and quips about “time.”

“Alice Through the Looking Glass!” is like a fun party we’re all invited to…

now, that’s my cup of tea 🙂 […]

What I Learned This Week

21 Apr

 

We are always learning – perhaps not always remembering – but always learning.

I learned some interesting things this week that I will share with you.

I go through the pain so you don’t have to 🙂

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  •  It’s a bad sign when your husband keeps a jug of antifreeze and an eye dropper in the kitchen.  Hint: Get a food tester. (Forensic Files)

 

  • When flying, your carry-on luggage should never weigh more than twice your body weight – unless you are on steroids.

 

  • It can be very expensive to wait for a flight out of McCarran Airport in Las Vegas. Flashing slot machines are as enticing as the seductive aroma of Cinnabon.

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NEW BOOK: FIND YOUR FUNNY – for Ages 12 & UP

14 Apr

 

For ages 12 & UP…

Meet your new BFF – a friend with physical, psychological, and social benefits.

FIND YOUR FUNNY: The Humor Survival Guide for Teens

Find Your Funny Book Barb Best

 

Written by Joanne Jackal, PhD, a psychotherapist who used to be a stand up comedienne

AND

moi, a comedy writer who likes to joke around with her inner teen.

How fun is that?

Available on Amazon: full-color paperback edition

The e-book http://amzn.to/22v2OCC

Find Your Funny: The Humor Survival Guide for Teens 🙂

 

National Humor Month

1 Apr

 

No joke!

April is National Humor Month.

It’s a great month for the inspiring and fun Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop, the premier workshop for humor writers. It is held at Erma’s alma mater, The University of Dayton. I was honored to be a judge in their writing competition this year. How cool is that?

There’s a lot of funny out there!

Also, April is a perfect time for AATH – the Association of Applied Therapeutic Humor to hold their annual conference.  Info here

AATH’s mission is to serve the community of professionals who study, practice, & promote healthy humor & laughter. Lots of laughter, learning, and love with this group. […]

A Bucket List for the Burned-Out

17 Mar

 

Feeling weary? Tired? Burned-Out?

If you don’t have a case of Vitameatavegamin or Red Bull handy to give you an energy boost, try revising your bucket list DOWN. This will likely reduce that intense pressure and fatigue that you feel.

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Feeling listless? Here’s a list!

A Bucket List for the Burned-Out

  • Savor success by facing your fears head on. Yes! Clean out that crazy ass kitchen drawer – you know the one.

 

  • Empower yourself. Learn to set the digital clock on the car – before it’s time to fall back and spring forward again.

 

  • Empty the crumb tray in the toaster. Should be done once in your lifetime.

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Movie Comedy – The Wicked Wit of The West

26 Dec

 

Love to laugh? Love old comedy movies?

Irv The Nerve

I recently discovered a gem of a book about screenwriter Irving Brecher entitled The Wicked Wit of the West: The last great Golden-Age screenwriter shares the hilarity and heartaches of working with Groucho, Garland, Gleason, Burns, Berle, Benny & many more.

Oy, that’s a mouthful!

Who is Irving Brecher you may ask?

Irving Brecher was a comedy writer and the only screenwriter to write two Marx Brothers moviesAt the Circus and Go Westall by himself. He also punched up The Wizard of Oz, wrote Shadow of the Thin ManZiegfeld Follies, and adapted musicals Bye Bye Birdie and Meet Me In St. Louis for film.

Harpo Marx called him “Irv the Nerve.”

Groucho Marx called him “The Wicked Wit of the West.”

Author, folk journalist, and radioman extraordinaire Hank Rosenfeld spent six years getting to know Irving while they collaborated on this delightful memoir.

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Updated Book Titles for Today’s Children

9 Dec

 

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Today’s children are worldly wise and sophisticated beyond their years.

They need to read books that reflect their knowledge and experience. Books they can actually relate to.

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Perhaps these UPDATED books?

  • The Little Engine that Could if it Just Had Some Decent Therapy

 

  • The Velveteen Hypoallergenic Rabbit

 

  • Charlotte’s Website Hack

 

  • A Wrinkle in Quality Time

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VOTE on the FIND YOUR FUNNY Book Cover!!!

3 Dec

 

Attention: Parents, counselors, educators, coaches, and everyone who cares about teens 😀

NEW book coming!

FIND YOUR FUNNY: The Humor Survival Guide for Teens 

A survival guide that helps teens discover the power of humor in dealing with stress plus teaches strategies to add more laughter to their lives.

HELP CHOOSE THE COVER!

It’s easy 🙂

VOTE #1 or #2.

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