Leigh Anne Jasheway-Bryant (pronounced Josh-away) fully expected to be a politician right about now. She got her degree in government from The University of Texas in Austin, envisioned herself going to law school, and one day ending up Secretary of the Interior.
Instead, she spends a lot of time indoors. Writing funny stuff.
Somewhere along the way, she realized that if she were going to exaggerate and tell half-truths, she’d more comfortable doing it as a comedian than a politician. So for the past fourteen years, Leigh Anne has been using wit as her weapon both on the page and on the
stage. In her debut novel, Life is Funny: A Riveting Tale
of Comedy, Hairdressing, and Texas Politics she’s brings these talents together in one place for the first time. Life is Funny is the tale of a mediocre hairdresser in Austin, Texas who dreams of becoming a stand-up comic, but first she has to raise her two sons, repair the hole in her trailer floor, and convince her best lesbian friend to fix her hair and find a good woman to settle down with. But when she takes to the stage and mentions that a certain gubernatorial candidate is impotent – a little tidbit she picked up from his wife while cutting hair – she starts a chain of event that begins with her sons being harassed by strange men in trench coats and ends with an offer for her to run for Governor. Will she or won’t she? Only your hairdresser knows for sure.
Leigh Anne is the author of fourteen books, including the very popular Bedtime Stories for Dogs and Bedtime Stories for Cats. Her book Yoga for Your Funny Bone won a 2007 Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor Book Award. For eight years, she wrote regular humor and inspiration columns for Family Circle, and for nine, she was the humor columnist for The Comic News. In 2003, she won the 2003 Erma Bombeck Humor Writing Award for her true story of how her first mammogram caught on fire. Her humorous approach to life has appeared in dozens of national magazines and anthologies, including the best-selling Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover’s Soul and Marlo Thomas’ The Right Words at the Right Time, Volume 2. In 2006, her first play, Are We There Yet? was produced to sold-out audiences and she is now working on a musical, Yes Mamm!
In addition to writing, Leigh Anne is a popular national motivational and humor speaker, presenting at between 40 and 50 conferences a year. She is on the speaking roster for Speaking of Women’s Health, a national program to encourage women to take better care of themselves. In September 2006 she began her own radio program, Women Under the Influence of Laughter, on KOPT AM 1600 in Eugene, Oregon. Her website is www.accidentalcomic.com.
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