Return to Civility: A Speed of Laughter Project
by John Sweeney and the Brave New Workshop

Interpersonal Relations
5x6, 376pp
ISBN: 978-0-9762184-2-5

This simple little book has a simple little theme, “Act the way you want the world to be.”

Based on the observation that perhaps the world could be a bit more polite, a bit kinder and a bit friendlier, John Sweeney and the folks at the Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre have written Return to Civility, A Speed of Laughter Project. Containing 365 suggestions to help create a more civilized world, Return to Civility seeks to reclaim the appreciation once displayed for our fellow human beings, our selves, and our planet.

Join us in helping to write our next edition by visiting http://www.return-to-civility.com.

Innovation at the Speed of Laughter: 8 Secrets to World Class Idea Generation
by John Sweeney

Business & Economics / Management
6 x 9, 166 pp
ISBN: 0-9762184-0-2 (hard cover)
ISBN: 978-0-9762184-3-2 (paperback)


The hottest new ideation process for business comes from the owner of a comedy theatre!

It’s no secret that new ideas fuel profitability. Even when companies hire top talent and teach best skills, few are able to affect the bottom line unless their employees can generate and execute new concepts. It sounds like a simple principle, but finding new ideas can become a company’s greatest challenge. Borne from the formula used for more than forty years to help write outlandish satirical comedy, Innovation at the Speed of Laughter describes 8 principles that guide companies, leaders, and individuals to generate more and better ideas. Using client case studies, individual testimonials, and a lighthearted writing style, this book is especially appealing to business leaders, team builders, and companies seeking to find the “next big idea.”

As evidenced in Innovation at the Speed of Laughter, Sweeney's goal is to entertain, educate, and inspire.

More information and fun stuff can be found at the Brave New Workshop's Creative Outreach website. Visit http://www.bravenewworkshop.com/creativeoutreach/ or on John Sweeney's speaking site at http://www.johnsweeney.co.


The Art of the Laugh: A Handbook for Sketch Writers, Directors and Actors

by John Sweeney

Performance Art, Theatre, Writing, Acting,
6.25 x 9.25, 176 pp
ISBN: 0-9762184-1-0
with CD-ROM and online instructor's guide

The essential improv-based handbook for writing, performing and directing comedy sketches from the nation's longest-running satirical comedy theatre!

Since 1958, the Brave New Workshop (BNW) comedy theatre has written and performed more than 250 scripted sketch-comedy shows. This handbook gives the reader an inside look at the process and philosophies that have been used to create some of the most innovative sketch comedy in America. It's contents can be used immediately to improve your skills as a writer, performer, or director. Revealing Brave New Workshop's 8 core philosophies of improv, along with its copyrighted, detailed process of idea generation, scripting, rehearsal, and performance, this text provides "everything you need to know" for both the individual learner and the classroom instructor.

More than forty-six years ago, an ex-circus performer named Dudley Riggs founded the Brave New Workshop. Today, BNW alumni range from writer/activist Al Franken, to MAD TV's Mo Collins and Reba's Melissa Peterman, to Naked Gun writer Pat Proft, Analyze This writer Peter Tolan and That 70s Show executive producer Linda Wallem. BNW alumni have contributed to hundreds of movies and television shows, including Scary Movie 3, Airplane, The Gary Shandling Show, M.A.S.H., and Happy Days to name only a few. This handbook shares the creative comedy process that has helped to create some of the most prolific, well-rounded talent on stages across the globe and in Hollywood.

Also included with the book is a CD-ROM that contains sample scripts, audio performances, and worksheets to aid the reader. Featuring an online instructor's guide, The Art of the Laugh is ideal for classroom instruction, individual work, and ensemble-based creations. For more information, visit http://www.artofthelaugh.com for a peek.

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