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Sr. Martinette Rivers: Prayer and Laughter

​​As is usually the case with the Bible, there is irony in the fire. Before ever a word passes Jesus' lips, he is teaching, in fact, communicating the heart of the faith to his followers with a smile on his face. He puts a little joy in their lives, because its only he who can [...]

January 25th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Paul Entwistle: Comedy Writing for Beginners 

​‘I went to have my tea leaves read by a fortune teller and she told me I was going to go on a long journey to Egypt. Turns out I’d just used pyramid tea bags.’ Comedy gold I’m sure you’ll agree Ladies and Gentlemen. So it’s been a bit of a slow start to the [...]

January 24th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Game of Thrones: Most Jokes Are Lies

​Game of Thrones, season 4. The Red Woman, Lady Melisandre is having a bath and the queen, Selyse Baratheon, walks in surprised and apologetic. Melisandre: When I looked at the flames this morning, the Lord spoke to me. He said, tonight you will have your last good bath in a long while. Make it count. [...]

January 17th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Paul Entwistle: The Open Mic Circuit

The starting point for most people getting into performing stand up comedy is the Open Mic circuit. Now before I started doing stand-up comedy I had no idea that such a thing as an open mic circuit even existed. Yet, much like my wife's affair it’s apparently been going on quite happily without my knowledge [...]

January 15th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Diary of a Funeral Celebrant: Dad and the Mysterious Case of Roof-Rabits

Dad had a stroke a couple of years ago, since which time he has been able to ‘see things’. It’s not exactly the Sixth Sense (as in the film), although it does sound grisly when he tells me “I can see severed heads” floating around or even shouting at him. When this phenomenon began he [...]

January 13th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Diary of a Funeral Celebrant: We Are Such Stuff As Dreams Made On

I am driving along a familiar road, admiring the dark wintry trees lining the way and following a small white car which is not going very fast. Suddenly I have the premonition of an accident, so I pull back and follow more slowly. Half a mile later the little white car pulls into the right [...]

January 10th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Paul Entwistle: How to Get Started in Stand-Up Comedy 

And so it begins...  I lost my job at the Muller Yoghurt factory. Well they said I was cutting corners. That was the first joke I told at the very first stand up gig I ever did. I know it’s not exactly Woody Allen but it got a few chuckles and I was off! Like [...]

January 9th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Tim Ferris: Tools of Titans – B. J. Novak

“A good comedy operates the exact same way a good mystery operates. [Which is] the punchline is something that is right in front of your face the whole time and you never would have put your finger on it.” B.J. Novak (TW: @BJNOVAK) is best known for his work on NBC’s Emmy Award–winning comedy series The [...]

Bell Hooks: Teaching Critical Thinking – Humor in the Classroom

"When we shift our minds into laughter we move from the left brain to the right brain creating a whole new place for thinking and dreaming, for creating great ideas." Bell Hooks Being smart and being serious are traits that teachers value. However, we can become so serious that we leave no place for humor [...]

January 7th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Sr. Martinette Rivers: Spiritual Invasions of Laughter

​God, like the lion, Aslan in C.S. Lewis' "Chronicles of Narina" is on the move. Brings to my mind words like 'transformation', 'invasion ' and both words could mean; transformation of individuals with the 'invasion of laughter' coming by way of messages, sent by God through friends, an illness, a death, laughter. Pure absurdity..."And blessed [...]

January 6th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments