Victoria Zackheim, Sherry Glaser-Love & Zoe FitzGerald Carter
read from the anthology Exit Laughing: How Humor Takes the Sting Out of Death (North Atlantic, $18.95 paperback original).
Exit Laughing is a reminder that all of us approach death in very different ways. Whether we face our death or the death of a loved one with fear, sorrow, joy, or confusion, and whether or not we believe in an afterlife, we cannot deny that death happens. Exit Laughing reminds us that in death there is a place for humor. Ellen Sussman writes of flying home her mother's body and watching her mother's burial wardrobe spill out on the baggage carousel. Kathi Kamen Goldmark regales us with memories of playing the kazoo at Jessica Mitford's funeral. Broadway and television actor Richard McKenzie shares the riotous story of a funeral procession led by a lost hearse. Bonnie Garvin writes about her parents' double suicide attempt (and yes, it's funny!). Joshua Braff recalls a death in an upstairs bedroom during his childhood, Roadrunner cartoons included. L.A. Law star and author Michael Tucker describes his last visit with his dying friend, Cleavon Little, and how they said goodbye. International bestselling novelist Jacquelyn Mitchard writes about her husband's untimely death, and how his three best friends ended up held in a psychiatric hospital after the wake. These stories, along with seventeen other memorable essays, constitute a book whose purpose is to remind readers that when dealing with illness, dying, and death, there is an important place for laugh-out-loud humor.
Victoria Zackheim is author of The Bone Weaver, a novel, and the editor of five anthologies: The Other Woman, For Keeps, The Face in the Mirror, and He Said What? Her play based on five essays from The Other Woman will begin a six-week theater run in summer 2012. She lives in San Francisco.