Laughter Is Ready For Its Closeup: Hollywood Author-Host, Paul Ryan's "The Art Of Comedy: Getting Serious About Being Funny" Hits Book Expo America, June 3rd, 2007 in New York City

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They say laughter is the best medicine and laugh and the world laughs with you. Hollywood's Top Comedy Coach-Host-Author, Paul Ryan brings laughter to a whole new light with "The Art of Comedy: Getting Serious About Being Funny," from Backstage Books. From actors, comedians, educators, public speakers and savvy business pros needing to spice up their presentations, Paul Ryan shows how anyone can be funny.

Promoting a book at Book Expo America is serious business. But for Paul Ryan, Author of The Art of Comedy: Getting Serious About Being Funny - the ultimate comedy bible from Backstage Books, it truly is a laughing matter. On Sunday, June 3, 2007 10:00 a.m. (Watson-Guptill Booth #4472, #4475) at the Jacob Javitz Convention Center in New York City, Ryan, known as "Hollywood's premier comedy coach" for two decades including thirteen at CBS Studio Center, launches his book tour with a meet-n-greet signing, presenting his exercise-packed 'pie-in-your-face' informational how-to-humor guide. This book is ideal for actors, comedians, public speakers, educators, TV Hosts and Guests, business executives needing to refine their presentation skills, and anyone who wants to develop their sense of humor. The Art of Comedy instructs how to build a character, how to incorporate improvisation into a written scene, where to turn for comic inspiration and how to bring out the 'funny' in anything and everything. Also included is a technical analysis of comedy greats from Robin Williams to Jerry Seinfeld.

"I wrote The Art of Comedy: Getting Serious about Being Funny because the greatest gift we can give each other is laughter and we all need a little help in getting there. Learning to be funnier in your life and career is a gift and a craft that you can develop. After spending many years helping people from all walks of life to find their 'funny,' I realized I wanted to be the pied piper of comedy, and reach out to as many people as possible. After all, wasn't it Barbra Streisand who once sang, 'People who need 'funny' people, are the luckiest people in the world?' Finding 'your funny' is one of the most enjoyable and exciting journeys you will ever take, so fasten your seat belts for an amazing ride," states Ryan.

Ryan, whose multi-hyphens: Director-Producer-Writer-TV Host-Actor-Comedy and TV Hosting Coach Coach-International Speaker-Spiritual Counselor-now Author, read like a dotted line on a winding road of entertainment industry success. His credits include: Series Co-Host of "Mid-Morning L.A.," Celebrity Interviewer for "Entertainment Tonight," Host/Producer of "The Paul Ryan Show" on national cable, "Talk Live" on CNBC, and "The World Through Celebrities' Eyes" on The Travel Channel. He's hosted, produced, and owns over 700 celebrity TV Talk shows with a "Who' s Who of Hollywood," including Sir Anthony Hopkins, Jane Fonda, Brooke Shields, and Sophia Loren. His most recently hosted and produced three new TV Talk Shows..."Feel Good TV with Paul Ryan & Friends," "The Art of Comedy," and "Shmooze." Last year he directed, produced and played one of the leads in "Hollywood Alive" on HD.

His new DVD and CD "EXERCISE YOUR FUNNY BONE" contain many of the exercises from the book, but also focuses on lightening up in the workplace, adding humor to relationships with family and friends, relieving stress, empowering your health, and finding your love partner. Ryan has conducted comedy sessions at top corporations, cruise ships around the world, exclusive spas, and has gained a reputation for continuously facilitating an uplifting and memorable comedy event.

Passionate about health, healing, and working from the inside out, Ryan's experience as an International Speaker on Hollywood, Health & Humor comes alive in everything he does, and The Art of Comedy is no exception. "Humor is a must in our lives because it heals us. In matters of health and well being, it has been proven that humor can turn people around both physically and emotionally. In matters of the heart, women are always asked, 'What do you find most attractive?' They always answer, 'a sense of humor.' In an over-worked society, comedy is one of the easiest ways to ease tension. Metaphysically speaking in attaining what we want in life, one of the most integral parts of the 'Law of Attraction' is definitely humor and walking on the lighter side of life," explains Ryan.

For interviews and review copies, contact Stacey Kumagai, Media Monster Communications, Inc. 818-506-8675 or Nicole Miller, Watson-Guptill Publishing 646-654-5454. For more information on Paul Ryan or to buy the book go to
"The Art of Comedy: Getting Serious About Being Funny" … the new book from Paul Ryan
Back Stage Books Paperback: $18.95/208 pages * Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-0823084678

"Building a sense of humor can turn your life around. Feeling less stressful and skipping along the lighter side of life might be the right road for you. Paul's book is your road map."

  •     Phyllis Diller, First Lady of Comedy

"Paul Ryan is fabulous. I learned so much about comedy from him. Now you can learn amazing comedic skills from the man who teaches comedy to the stars."
Sally Kirkland, Oscar-nominated actress and Golden Globe Winner

"As a network exec and producer, if I know that you came from Paul's camp, your resume and reel are going to move to the top of the stack."

  •     Kent Emmons, founder/CEO of National Lampoon Radio and Studio Funny

"Paul Ryan knows comedy! He is one of the industry's true teachers who knows how to cultivate humor-from hosting, to sitcoms, to improv. Paul pays attention to all of the comedy details that separate the amateur from the professional. He delivers all this to you with a comedy punch in "The Art of Comedy!"

  •     Debra Wilson, series regular on MAD TV


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