In love as in comedy, timing is everything. One bad night doesn't mean it's time to quit. Have patience: great marriages, like a successful comedy career, take time. Turns out the cardinal rules of comedy have an uncanny resemblance to the "rules" of building a strong marriage. With humor and grace, writer and comedian Dani Klein Modisett shares a map for navigating your marriage through rough patches, bad jokes, and even nights when you bomb.
Take My Spouse, Please shows how 13 tried-and-true rules of comedy, when applied to marriage, keep you and your spouse connected, enjoying each other, and getting through those inevitable tough times. Bottom line: there is (almost) always room to laugh at a trying situation and, more important, with each other.
Along with anecdotes from well-known comedians, comedy writers, marriage counselors, and long-term spouses, Dani delivers the core premise: humor matters.
Cover design by Jim Zaccaria.
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Great marriage advice!
At first, I thought perhaps it sounded a little too much like a force fit -- trying to draw parallels between success in stand up comedy and success in a long term lasting marriage. But I was intrigued enough to try it, and I'm very glad I did.
I liked that Dani Klein Modisett filled the book with stories, anecdotes and interviews taken from her many personal experiences as a comedian, her own marriage, and marriages of other couples who've been together for many years. It wasn't theoretical at all, but full of practical wisdom from actual long-term successful marriages.
Dani is a natural performer. Her delivery spans the range of funny, to serious, to poignant, but it always keeps the listener engaged. Because the topic she chose to write about is largely based on her own experiences (stand up comedian as well as long-term married), she brings her own personal tone to the narration that really puts it over the top.
If you want to have a successful marriage that lasts, you could do a lot worse than by just always "showing up" for your spouse in all ways; in laughing together regularly; and making sure to have plenty of sex!
- P. Hurd