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Local Author Performs Miracle

Local author and comedienne Paul Sveen didn’t just write about a miracle.

Today, he performed one.

 

You see, today was the day that Paul was on hand at Indigo at Northtown Mall to sign copies of his new book, The Angel’s Claw. Standing proud and tall beside the main entrance with a huge smile on his face, Paul greeted anyone and everyone who came into the popular book store. A charismatic gentleman, with a wide range of knowledge on many different subjects, he was able to hold intelligent conversation with anyone who took the time to stop and talk.

Having 25 books on hand today at Indigos gave Sveen the chance to face the hard-core readers of Edmonton, and the quest was fulfilled. The very last copy on hand was bought by a wonderful couple at 4:35 pm. Signing with a wonderful quote from one of his favorite authors, Sveen graciously thanked the couple with a huge smile, and a request for a photo.

The manager of the Indigos was more than impressed at the sheer volume that Paul was able to sell today. Apparently, she had never before witnessed any local author selling that many books in that short of time. The fact that Sveen could perform this small miracle today will more than likely help pave the road to even bigger and better sales. Paul’s e-mail requests to the Whyte Avenue bookstore have gone unanswered, but given today’s master performance, I believe that the manager will be attempting to contact Paul now, instead of the other way around.

Paul comes from a long life of entertainment. Few know that he was in the band for the late great Stompin’ Tom Conners, and Paul also has built up quite a reputation in the comedy field, playing all over Canada.

Having heard firsthand from folks that have read, or are reading his book, The Angel’s Claw, and how excited that they are in his literary skills, I must urge you to put in your request for Sveen’s book.

He is taking online requests, and also carries copies to any of the comedy shows he stars in. You can find more info about how to contact Paul at his website,  paulsveen.com

The End Isn't Near We're In It!

The End Isn’t Near We’re In It!

Written by Andrew Flieder

 

Truth and Humor

I’ll be signing copies of my first Novel, “The Angel’s Claw. March 21ST at the North Town Indigo in Edmonton on 94 Street and 137 Avenue from 12 until 5. E mail me for info on my books or next class I’m teaching: paulsveen@shaw.ca
When you listen to someone talk you can subtly hear what they’re not saying or , what they’re trying to say. “How are you?” “Ok, I guess.” You don’t have to be Spider Man to see the response, this person who’s saying they’re “OK” aren’t!
To me, the unspoken truth, the subtext in our truth and the ability to verbalize and articulate it, is one of the most powerful tools in joke writing. These are the steps I use: 1) Choose a premise that’s attached to your secret self, the you that even you only get glimpses of, the in your sweats, alone on the couch with your guard down you. 2) Can you describe this you in a sentence? ( This is your theme, your market brand 3.) When we know our theme we can dig it out of any premise and when we share it, our material is bathed in emotion and honesty and is fiercely original. 4) Structuring our material with theme, mechanics, set up, punchline, punch word.
EXAMPLE: Premise: Barbie Dolls: This premise is from a joke I’ve been cultivating: Here’s the chunk: “women are more evolved then men because they had dolls when they were girls that taught them how to feel. They’d pull the string and the doll would talk; “Sometimes I’m sad, I want to be more vulnerable, I use my emotions to manipulate people.”
From this joke I started mining other ideas. Each idea is based in my premise: I’m dysfunctional. Here’s the jokes I came up with in the TAGS from the above joke.
1) Be honest, most parents didn’t have the emotional stability to give us the birds and the bees talk. That’s what Barbies were for. “Here’s a Barbie doll. Don’t pull down her pants in front of the neighbors. Keep her away from GI Joe, he’s an action figure. That’s how dolls get pregnant.”
2) Everything boys learned about relationships they learned from a Barbie Doll. If they worked hard they could meet a beautiful girl, get the house and Corvette and then she’d leave him for some clown named Ken.
3) I learnt from my sister’s Chatty Kathy. There was a ring attached to the string , every time I pulled it , Chatty Kathy talked. Years later, on my first date she thought I was massaging her back. I was actually hunting for the ring to shut her up.
Find your theme, that’s where your truth and emotion is, that’s where your funny is.
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