Return to Civility: A Speed of Laughter
Sweeney and the Brave New Workshop
simple little book has a simple little theme, “Act the way
you want the world to be.”
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.
at the Speed of Laughter: 8 Secrets to World Class
by John Sweeney
Business & Economics / Management
6 x 9, 166 pp
ISBN: 0-9762184-0-2 (hard cover)
AVAILABLE ON KINDLE!
hottest new ideation process for business comes from the owner of
a comedy theatre!
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
in Innovation at the Speed of Laughter, Sweeney's goal is
to entertain, educate, and inspire.
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.
IN DECEMBER 2007 BUT STILL FLOATING AROUND...
The Art of the Laugh: A Handbook for Sketch Writers, Directors and Actors
Performance Art, Theatre, Writing, Acting,
6.25 x 9.25, 176 pp
with CD-ROM and online instructor's guide
essential improv-based handbook for writing, performing and directing
comedy sketches from the nation's longest-running satirical comedy
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
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