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Be a Work of Art: 250 Anecdotes and Stories By David Bruce
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Print edition. This book has 250 anecdotes and stories, including this one: Very often, an actor would have trouble with part of his role, whether it was speaking a line or performing some piece of... More > business, and he would go to theatrical director Tyrone Guthrie for help. Often, Mr. Guthrie would have the answer at hand, but if he did not, he would tell the actor, “Go home, think about it, come back, and astonish us in the morning.” Mr. Guthrie also uttered another characteristic quote whenever there were problems in the theater—he would tell the cast and crew, “Rise above.”< Less
The Funniest People in Theater: 250 Anecdotes By David Bruce
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Paperback edition. This book contains 250 anecdotes about the theater, including this one: Actor John Neville was unhappy in the late 1950s Old Vic production of “Measure for Measure,” so... More > he used to escape to the nearest pub as often as possible. In fact, just before the pub opened at 5:30 p.m., he would lean against the door. When the door was opened, he would fall inside and say, “Sorry I’m late.”< Less
The Funniest People Who Live Life: 250 Anecdotes By David Bruce
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Print edition. This book contains 250 anecdotes, including these: 1) Like other satirists, Mort Sahl is angry and he wants other people to be angry. (Certainly we have enough things to be angry... More > about, and getting angry about them may result in change.) He once advised, “You know what I want you to do? I want you to blow out the candles and curse the darkness.” Mr. Sahl was a good friend of jazz musician Paul Desmond, a sax player. Mr. Sahl once gave Mr. Desmond a cigarette lighter inscribed, “To the sound from the fury.” 2) Comedian Pat Henning once toured England, then many years and a toupee later, toured England again. The toupee did its job—theater managers told him that he was much funnier than his father had been.< Less
Seize the Day: 250 Anecdotes and Stories By David Bruce
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Print edition. This book contains 250 anecdotes and stories, including this one: Andrew Tobias and Charles Nolan were a happy gay couple for years until Mr. Nolan died. Soon after Mr. Nolan died,... More > Mr. Tobias’ mother, who was Jewish, also died. At the memorial service for Mr. Tobias’ mother, Mr. Nolan’s brother spoke. Mr. Tobias writes about “Charles’ brother, a Catholic priest, who, when he got up from the audience to speak to the largely Jewish crowd, said he imagined my mom and dad and stepfather (also Jewish) and Charles (Catholic, but lapsed, and gay)—were now all likely in paradise having a fine and stylish old time together.” Mr. Tobias noted to the Catholic priest (with a smile) that according to the Pope, perhaps none of them would gain admission to Heaven. Mr. Tobias writes, “To which he shot back—with a quiet conviction I get a little choked up recalling—‘It’s not his call.’”< Less
Bride of the Funniest People in Religion and Families: 500 Anecdotes By David Bruce
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PDF edition. This book contains 500 anecdotes, including this one: Andrew Tobias knows a couple of gay men who are raising a daughter who is trilingual. The gay men speak English and French around... More > the house, and the babysitter speaks nothing but Spanish. Not allowing their daughter to watch TV, the gay men bought her instead a bunch of Disney videotapes—all in Spanish. For a long time, their daughter thought the TV set spoke only Spanish.< Less
The Funniest People in Families, Volume 2: 250 Anecdotes By David Bruce
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Paperback edition. This book contains 250 anecdotes about families, including this one: Opera singer Leo Slezak was forced to diet for most of each year because, being a huge man (he was 6-foot-7),... More > he had a large appetite and gained weight easily. (One of the few days of the year that he didn’t diet was his birthday.) When he was dieting, his wife carefully measured out portions of food on a scale and those portions were all he had to eat. Of course, Mr. Slezak ate the food quickly and then muttered that the food scale had to be wrong. Once, for a few meals in a row, Mr. Slezak didn’t complain about the portions of food he was doled out. His wife praised his will power and suspected nothing until she walked into her husband’s den and discovered that the family dog was very interested in the middle drawer of her husband’s desk. Opening the drawer, she found a large salami.< Less
The Kindest People Who Do Good Deeds: Volume 5 By David Bruce
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Print edition. This book contain 250 stories about good deeds, including this one: When Paul Dver was a high-school student, he met comedian Soupy Sales, became friends with him, and even... More > occasionally talked to him on the telephone. Paul would tell his fellow high-school students that he was friends with Soupy Sales, and of course they didn’t believe him. One day, Paul asked Soupy for a favor. Paul and a friend were appearing in a play, and Paul asked Soupy to record an advertisement for them because if it were recorded in Soupy’s voice the local radio station would play it. Soupy did more than just record the advertisement as written. He threw in some ad-libs and made it funny. Of course, Paul’s high-school friends were amazed to hear Soupy’s voice on the radio advertising Paul and his friend’s play.< Less
The Kindest People Who Do Good Deeds: Volume 4 By David Bruce
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Print edition. Comedian Danny Thomas received his greatest compliment from Mike Todd, who was in a nightclub while Mr. Thomas was performing. Mr. Todd had lifted his coffee cup from his saucer when... More > Mr. Thomas went into the dramatic part in his “Ode to the Wailing Lebanese.” Mr. Todd felt it was inappropriate to put the coffee cup to his lips at such a dramatic moment, and he was afraid that he would make a noise if he set the coffee cup back down. So he held the coffee cup suspended in mid-air for three minutes, until the dramatic part was over.< Less
The Kindest People Who Do Good Deeds: Volume 3 By David Bruce
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Print edition. This book contains 250 anecdotes about good deeds, including this one: Because of illness, comedian/singer Martha Raye was unable to appear on Garry Moore’s nighttime show, so... More > Carol Burnett, then a relative unknown, was asked to replace her. Ms. Raye watched the show, then mock-complained to Mr. Moore, “I knew you were going to have to get someone good to replace me—but did you have to get someone that good?” She also sent Ms. Burnett twelve roses.< Less
The Kindest People Who Do Good Deeds: Volume 1 By David Bruce
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The doing of good deeds is important. As a free person, you can choose to live your life as a good person or as a bad person. To be a good person, do good deeds. To be a bad person, do bad deeds. If... More > you do good deeds, you will become good. If you do bad deeds, you will become bad. To become the person you want to be, act as if you already are that kind of person. Each of us chooses what kind of person we will become. To become a hero, do the things a hero does. To become a coward, do the things a coward does. The opportunity to take action to become the kind of person you want to be is yours. This book collects 250 stories of good deeds from the arts, from religion, and from life.< Less

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