Paul Herzich, NYC Atheists’ king of comedy, has announced that he will show short Comedy bits on Sunday at the Brunch from George Carlin, Bill Maher, Steve Martin, Louis CK and Stephen Colbert, during his talk.
Also, Herzich reminds us to bring in a joke to tell at the mike during the Q and A period. “It doesn’t have to be good,” he notes. “We’ll laugh anyway.”
SPEAKER: PAUL HERZICH
Come and Hear Our Comedy Expert Tell
Why Humor Is Important in a Healthy Atheist Life
“So Two Atheists Walk into a Church...”
Worried about the Republicans shutting down the federal government over Obamacare? Forget it! Journalist and author Norman Cousins claimed, when diagnosed with a potentially terminal disease, that he cured himself by watching the Marx Brothers daily on TV (Anatomy of an Illness, 1979, by Norman Cousins). He baffled his doctors by living for 10 years after his diagnosis.
We’re not suggesting that you supplement Obamacare with doses of George Carlin or Ricky Gervais, but it wouldn’t hurt.
What we are suggesting is that you come to our Sunday Brunch on Oct. 13 to hear our comedy expert, Paul Herzich, who, between jokes, will tell you that comedy is essentially Atheist because, he says, “nothing is sacred in comedy.”
Furthermore, Herzich insists, humor is a terrific tool in teaching about Atheism because comedy mostly depends on pointing out the contradictions in widely held societal beliefs.
For example, remember George Carlin’s riff pointing out that God is all-knowing, all-seeing and all-powerful--yet He still needs money? The contradiction exposed in that one comedic riff might have single-handedly opened the eyes of more Catholics than all the boring Pope edicts ever promulgated.
Owner of Comedy U.
Paul Herzich is the former owner of a comedy club on University Place in Greenwich Village, called “Comedy U,” which was a smashing success for five years. Famous comedy artists such Ray Romano, Joy Behar, Rita Rudner and Robin Williams performed at his club. It was the first comedy club in New York to have a female comedians night, he notes proudly.
Though Herzich is a psychotherapist by profession, comedy is his first love, he claims, because he feels that having a sense of humor is essential to mental health. “Laughter relieves stress, and stress makes you sick,” he points out.
Tell Your Jokes at the Mike!
At this Sunday’s brunch, Herzich is asking Atheists to do something a little different during the Q and A period after his talk: He is suggesting that attendees bring in their favorite jokes and share them with us at the mike. “Half the fun of humor is telling a funny story to your friends,” Herzich says. “You get to laugh all over again.”
So come, comedy lovers, to the NYC Atheist Sunday Brunch! Learn how you too can use laughter in your life to lighten your burdens and make life more fulfilling.
Enjoy with us the relaxed, casual, friendly atmosphere of a buffet Brunch (we encourage seconds on the Eggs Benedict) with like-minded people who delight in laughing at the world and religion and at themselves.
WHAT: “HOW COMEDY KEEPS US HEALTHY AND
ENRICHES OUR LIVES,” by Paul Herzich,
comedy expert and psychotherapist.
WHEN: SUNDAY. OCTOBER 13, 2013 at 12 noon.
WHERE: THE PRESS BOX PUB & RESTAURANT
932 Second Avenue (bet. 49th & 50th)
COST: BRUNCH is $20, which includes Buffet
entrees and salad, soft drink, coffee, tax
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