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True life diary documenting comedian Paul Kerensa's Sunday mornings of the comedy circuit
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‘So A Comedian Walks Into A Church’ is British comedian, Paul Kerensa, true-life diary documenting his Sunday mornings on the comedy circuit around the country.
The life of a modern comedian takes them all over the place every Friday and Saturday night to make people laugh. Well for this comedian and BBC script writer (‘Miranda’ & ‘Not Going Out’), he continues his tour of the country on Sunday morning by visiting near-by churches to spiritually re-fuel.
Paul decided to write down his hilarious experiences in local churches, proving more often than not the secular comedy circuit is a tougher gig. Seeing the church through the eyes of a comedian is humbling, insightful and revealing. But most of all, you’ll discover what it feels like to walk into a new environment as a stranger to better understand and interact with those who walk through your church door.
Paul Kerensa is known as BBC’s go-to guy for ‘gagging up’ sitcom scripts, and has been on the writing teams for ‘Miranda’ and ‘Not Only Out’ for all series. As a stand-up comedian he tours the country, has won ITV’s Take The Mike Award, and was a finalist in the BBC New Comedy Awards and the Daily Telegraph Open Mic Awards.
He has performed solo shows for numerous years at Spring Harvest, New wine and Greenbelt, and is a regular speaker at Alpha launches, men’s breakfasts and whole church family comedy nights.
So A Comedian Walks into a Church... by Paul Kerensa was published by Darton Longman & Todd in March 2013 and is our 7060th best seller. The ISBN for So A Comedian Walks into a Church... is 9780232529791.
Don't let the page set-up (cramped sans-serif font and almost non-existent top margin) deter you from buying this enjoyable book.
The sub title - Confessions of a kneel-down stand-up gives an apt description of the author, Paul Kerensa who tours the country doing his comedy turns in the week but enjoys worshipping on Sundays wherever he is staying, and in whichever church, chapel or hall is the most convenient.
He attends each service with an open mind and by the end of the book the reader will have enjoyed a "Kerensan" tour of several Christian denominations and wide ranging worship styles.
His spoken skill of injecting humour translates well to the written word. Not only will you gain insight into the varied church life of today, but you will also be given an insider's look into the world of comedy, cabaret and clubs, and have many laughs along the way.
Paul comes across as a thoroughly sincere and likeable man, and if he ever came to my neck of the woods I would go out of my way to hear him.
A Little Foreward
1. Scot Free: Chortling with the Church of Scotland
2. Local Hero: Uniting with the URC
3. The Show Must Mynd Ymlaen: Worshipping with the Welsh
4. It’s Friday, I’m in Mass: Congregating with Catholics
5. A Coventry Carol: Seeking Salvation Army
6. Snow Joke: Kneeing with Neo-Charismatic’s
7. Devon Is a Place on Earth: Rogating with Rural Anglicans
8. Doubled Up: Believing with Baptists
9. Lost at Sea: iCebergs and iChurch
10. Pent Up: Praying with Pentecostals
11. Melting Pot: Conversing in Cafes
12: Work in Progress: Meeting with Methodists
13. Up Above the Streets and Houses: Handling Hot Potatoes
14. Friends, and Other Sitcoms: Querying with Quakers
Afterword: When I Surveyed the Wondrous Cross-Section of UK Christianity.
“Top comic, top writer, top bloke. Buy this book!” – Lee Mack.
“Paul Kerensa is a jolly nice chap and he knows what's funny so if he's written a book I want to read it.” – Tim Vine.
“If I was a joke thief, I would be shinning up Paul Kerensa’s drainpipe.” – Milton Jones, Christian comedian and writer.
“Paul Kerensa’s writing never fails to be uniquely funny and interesting.” – Miranda Hart.
“Paul Kerensa is one self-confessed nerd whose mastery of his comedy art is first rate.” – Metro.
“A comic wave that just keeps coming… As effortless a writer as he is a performer.” – The Stage.
“Kerensa is a wildly talented comic… His on-stage presence is one of the most amiable and unthreatening around, whilst his writing is uniquely left of field and introduces concepts that a lot of his peers could not even imagine.” – Review by www.chrotle.co.uk.
|Author / Artist||Paul Kerensa|
|Publisher||Darton Longman & Todd (March 2013)|
|Number of Pages||176|
|Page last updated||31st July 2018|