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About Dave Schwensen
Dave Schwensen is an entertainment journalist, award-winning humor columnist, pop culture historian and nationally recognized comedy coach. His insider's knowledge of the comedy industry was earned as talent coordinator for the television show "A&E's An Evening at the Improv," The Improv Comedy Clubs in Los Angeles and New York City, and consultant for many television programs, networks and film studios. As a talent agent he has worked with comedians and humorous speakers in the corporate, college, special event and theater markets.
And now for something completely different...
Dave witnessed the excitement of Beatlemania when his parents took him to see The Fab Four during their final tour. The memories inspired his best-selling book "The Beatles In Cleveland" and latest, "The Beatles At Shea Stadium." Dave is a featured author at numerous Beatles festivals and shares insights about the group and the concert experience at schools and special events.
Dave is the author of two blogs that cover both topics.
For insider information about the comedy industry visit www.TheComedyBook.wordpress.com
For a combination of humor and classic rock, check out Dave's "Dream Songs" countdown at www.TheClassicRocker.com
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Beatlemania swept across North America when John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show" in February 1964. The decade of the 1960s seemed to change overnight from black and white to color as a generation fell under the influence of the group's music, style and personalities.
Hot on the success of their film "A Hard Day's Night," The Beatles 1964 summer tour filled auditoriums with screams of delight and excitement - and in some cases, full-blown fan hysteria. This was the case on September 15th in Cleveland, Ohio when police stopped the show in mid-performance and ordered The Beatles off the stage. The next year they were banned from appearing in the city that is now home to The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
In August 1966, the group launched their final tour, but the innocence portrayed in "A Hard Day's Night" only two years earlier was missing. Controversy raging over Lennon's remarks about Christianity made their safety more of a concern than ever before. A scheduling change lifted the ban and brought The Beatles back to Cleveland for the final tour's first outdoor stadium show. The results were the same - but on a much larger scale. The uncontrollable hysteria of Beatlemania reached a fever pitch as thousands of fans poured from their seats and crashed over police lines to be near their British Idols. It was obvious they could no longer be protected in front of audiences and The Beatles were overheard for the first time saynng it would be their last tour.
"The Beatles In Cleveland" brings to life both these special moments in time: two of the wildest, out of control concerts in Beatles - and rock - history.
Go behind the scenes to bring John, Paul, George and Ringo to the city, then grab a front row seat for back stage and on stage excitement with eyewitness accounts from promoters, concert MC's, deejays, journalists, opening acts and fans. The story is also told through rare, never-before published photos, video stills and memorabilia. A concert by The Beatles was not just about the music, but also the emotions stirred by the most influential group in the history of popular music.
Foreword by Bill Harry, Founder and Editor of the legendary "Mersey Beat" newspaper.
"If you'd like to experience what it was like to participate in a Beatles concert, we can't recommend 'The Beatles In Cleveland' strongly enough." - Bob Malik, Host of "The Beatle Years," Westwood One Radio, Los Angeles, CA
"This book is a must read!" - Joe Johnson, Host of "'Beatle Brunch," Miami, FL
"A compelling and satisfying read." - Dennis Mitchell, Host of "Breakfast with the Beatles," Las Vegas, NV
"What a ride! Reading 'The Beatles In Cleveland' was the next best thing to being at a Beatles show! With all the books ever written about the Beatles, Dave Schwensen's literary contribution to the Beatles legendary folklore rises to the top!" - Cha-Chi Loprete, host of "Breakfast with the Beatles," Boston, MA
"Totally drew me into the whole experience and gave me new insight into something I thought I knew something about. Good show, mate!" - Ken Mansfield, former U.S. Manager of the Beatles' Apple Records.
"As John Lennon once said, 'You had to be there.' Well, Dave Schwensen has created the nearest thing to actually witnessing the Cleveland concerts and it's a worthwhile contribution to the growing canon of works about the greatest rock group of them all." - Bill Harry, Founder of 'Mersey Beat,' Liverpool, England
Formatted specifically for Amazon Kindle.
"The Beatles At Shea Stadium" tells the story of this concert through researched commentary and exclusive interviews with Beatles insiders, friends and fans. The story begins in 1963 with Bernstein scheduling the then-unknown group for two concerts at Carnegie Hall and the first wave of U.S. Beatlemania. Follow events leading up to the concert as the Beatles arrive in New York, tape "The Ed Sullivan Show" and attend a never-before revealed dinner at Rockefeller Center. Then go backstage as they nervously prepare to face their largest live audience.
The concert and excitement surrounding their performance are described in detail based on unedited live recordings and eyewitness accounts, and gives new insights into making the television special, secret recording session to overdub the live audio for network broadcast, and subsequent restoration of the classic film. Book includes rare photos, memorabilia, and never-before published correspondence, documents and production notes.
Adding to the author's behind the scenes expertise are insightful and advice-filled interviews with proven comedy talents and industry insiders including Drew Carey, Jeff Foxworthy, Carrot Top, Jeff Dunham, Margaret Cho, Shang Forbes, Bobby Collins, Rondell Sheridan, Tommy Smothers and Budd Friedman.
"Schwensen certainly knows the ins and outs of making it in comedy. He has put his knowledge to work in 'How To Be A Working Comic,' a book that shows aspiring comics everything from how to hire an agent to how to handle road gigs." - Chicago Tribune
"A MUST for all in the comedy industry." - The Comic Bible
"Full of proactive ideas and hands-on experience... a valuable resourse no matter what career level you may have achieved." - Back Stage, The Performing Arts Weekly
"Comedy is a serious business. Schwensen, in creating a 176-page labor of love and laughter, underscores just how serious a business it is." - Cleveland Plain Dealer
"This instant industry classic is brimming with enough priceless tips on every aspect of comedy to help even the most clueless comedian write his own gags to riches story." - Spot Entertainment Magazine
The purpose behind "Something To Laugh About" is to show a different outlook on everyday life. Humor can often be found right in front of us if we just take the time to stop, look and eavesdrop... uh, we mean listen. And if there is a common thread meant to be shared throughout these personal insights, we'll go with the most obvious: fun. It was fun writing them and hope they're just as much fun for you to read.
If you need more incentive to dig into this massive volume of nonsense, these 144 blasts of 800 words can be devoured in short segments. You can pick it up, read one or two and drop it back down almost anywhere - to be picked up again later. And to borrow instructions from a bottle of shampoo, you then repeat the process.
We've all heard laughter is good medicine. Dave believes it should be taken every day and when possible, passed along to anyone who might need some. "Something To Laugh About" is divided into four sections with the author sharing his insights into being a guy, being a parent, and being a guy and a parent during holidays. But he can't accept all the credit or in some cases, all the blame since he wasn't the only one laughing and contributing. Jokes, lists and stories sent in by readers were always encouraged and fill up the Audience Participation section in this book.
In addition to being an award winning humor columnist and journalist, Dave is the former talent coordinator for the television show "A&E's An Evening at the Improv," The Improv comedy clubs in New York and Los Angeles, a nationally recognized comedy coach, corporate trainer and entertainer, and pop culture enthusiast.
"Dave has a way of capturing the everyday travails of life and relating them in the most hilarious way. His writing is a real treat with laughs in every paragraph." - Kay Frances, Funny Motivational Speaker & author of "The Funny Thing About Stress"
"Dave is a prospector. If smiles and chuckles are the gold nuggets of life, he has hit the motherload with these articles." - Bryan Cox, Comedian / Radio Host of "Hey Get Off My Lawn"
"Fun-filled, lighthearted, and engaging stories that are just what the doctor ordered for relaxation and stress reduction. By the time you finish reading, these stories will be stuck in your head like a song you can't get rid of and you'll be taking notes on your own crazy life." - Cynthia Shelby-Lane, MD
"From dealing with Debutant Deb and Chaos Kevin, to becoming village idiot with Dangerous Paul, if you can't find something to laugh about go seek professional help!" - Phil Sorentino, The Original Humor Consultant
"This is a wonderful way to relax and enjoy a good old fashioned family laugh, with short stories in the style of Mark Twain. Delightful!" - Leslie Norris Townsend, Producer of the Yearly Comedy Bootcamp, The Clean Comedy Challenge
Dave Schwensen is the author of "How To Be A Working Comic", "Comedy FAQs And Answers", "How To Be A Working Corporate Comedian" a