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New Tricks for Old Dogs

New Tricks for Old Dogs
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Gene Perret

New Tricks for Old Dogs

28 Laughable Lessons for People Too Stiff to Change… or Blend… or Move


Gene Perret

With age comes wisdom. We become wise enough to realize that we can’t do some of the things we did so well when we were young. The beloved comedian George Burns said it quite eloquently: “I can do anything at eighty that I could do when I was twenty. That gives you an idea of what terrible shape I was in at twenty.” Self-help books offer solid, beneficial techniques, but they really only work for the young. Award-winning comedy writer Gene Perret reveals that more mature devotees must adjust these techniques, tweak them, alter them, and in some cases, ignore them completely. New Tricks for Old Dogs points out some of the flaws in the self-help philosophy. It tempers the advice with common sense. The battle cry of this volume is “Do it, but don’t overdo it.” Sometimes, after we reach a certain age, the best exercise program is a good, brisk nap.

Gene Perret has been a professional comedy writer since the early 1960s, writing stand-up material for Slappy White and Phyllis Diller, among others. He began in television in 1968 on The Beautiful

Phyllis Diller Show. He wrote for Laugh-In and collected three Emmys as a staff writer on The Carol Burnett Show. Gene was on Bob Hope’s writing staff for twenty-eight years, the last twelve as Hope’s head writer. He travelled with the Hope troupe to several of the Christmas shows from war zones. Today he lives in Southern California and teaches email classes in comedy writing.

SPECIFICATIONS: Paperback | 229 mm x 152 mm | 240 Pages | 

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Reader's Digest, July 2016

"with this irreverent, mad-cap dash through topics such as Positive Thinking, Evaluate Your Potential, Overcoming Fear and Learn to Say No, it’s very likely that those of us in our later years will learn something new along the way. And we’ll certainly laugh a lot while we’re doing it."

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