“A funny thing happened to a kid on the way home from school…he laughed…and suddenly the world didn’t seem as such a formidable place, because now he could joke about it.” Toni Attell. Learning how to be funny can be a wonderful, magical and uplifting experience for a young person: it sharpens communication skills, builds self–confidence, instills pride in cultural heritage…and that is just the beginning. It can also be an aid in bringing the family unit closer together. ...
“A funny thing happened to a kid on the way home from school…he laughed…and suddenly the world didn’t seem as such a formidable place, because now he could joke about it.” Toni Attell.
Learning how to be funny can be a wonderful, magical and uplifting experience for a young person: it sharpens communication skills, builds self–confidence, instills pride in cultural heritage…and that is just the beginning. It can also be an aid in bringing the family unit closer together.
Stand-Up Comedy for Kids is a hands on stand–up comedy book for children with just that goal in mind. It is meant to teach children how to use their life experiences in positive ways, utilizing stand–up comedy techniques. It also demonstrates how laughter can be a very useful and healing tool.
In addition to an easy to understand “How-To” section for “Stand–Up Comedy for Kids”, there is a section broken down into types and styles of comedy. There is also a “Comedy Pups” section, which includes how to effectively use one liners and jokes from Toni Attell’s “Comedy Pups.” The Comedy Pups are a group of young stand–up comics of all ages who have been featured at the L.A. Improv, Paramount Pictures, and the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Entertainment Tonight, Los Angeles Channel 4 News and The Los Angeles Times.
“Let’s give this book to congress. After all, we know they’re just kidding,” — Jonathan Winters.
Toni Attell reminds us that while some comedians may be childish, some children may be comedians, and writing and performing one's own comedy is an attainable goal. Her book is for anyone who wants to know more about being funny.— Carl Gottlieb, author/screenwriter, Jaws Jaws 2. Jaws 3-D The Jerk, Doctor Detroit, Caveman, Bob Newhart Shows, Odd Couple (television shows) Tom and Dick Smothers Brothers Special, Vice President of the Writers Guild
“I wrote on TV specials starring Toni “Toad” Attell. I can say a mime did my words. And now…she has written a great book to help in the journey to find the funny you. Just Kidding is a great title for a how-to comedy book because you can always get a laugh just by using the phrase just kidding!… Just kidding.” Wayne Kline, head staff monologue writer for The Tonight Show — since 1992 — with Jay Leno – since 1987.
Dr. Helene A. Feldman
“This how-to book on stand-up comedy can also serve as an excellent resource for any educator who wishes to provide students with and alternative release for their emotions.” — Dr. Helene A. Feldman, former Principal of a NYC High School and is presently working with the New York City’s Chancellor’s School Improvement Team.
Dr. Norma Lent Auerbach
“Just Kidding -- Stand-Up Comedy for Kids of All Ages is an excellent book to train students how to use comedy to enhance their self-esteem, self-confidence and utilize laughter to establish rapport with people of all ages. As an ex-principal with over thirty years of experience, I found Toni Attell’s book an extremely refreshing and enlightening addition to education that can last a lifetime.” — Dr. Norma Lent Auerbach.
Toni Attell is as an Emmy nominated actress. Her credits include a variety of work in television and movies as well as experience working internationally with some of the greatest masters of the performance- arts field, including, Jean Louie Barroult. Marcel Marceau and Mamako Yoneyama for mime, Carlos Mazzonne for Comedia del Arte and Bill Ball, David Dukes, Paul Shenar, David Alexander, Nina Foch and Harvey Lembeck for improvisation, comedy and acting. She is a member of The Academy of Arts and Sciences and is on the “Blue Ribbon Panel” that votes on the Emmys.
Toni Attell performed with the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, Theater West in Los Angeles and toured over 350 colleges in the United States as a mime-comedienne teaching master classes in movement and acting. She has created and performed a number of one-woman shows, started the Comedy Store Players in Los Angeles and has instructed and choreographed the clowns at Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus and has choreographed a variety of music videos including Kim Carnes’ Betty Davis Eyes.
Ms. Attell helped to create a summer program for children and adult actors and writers at the Los Angeles Theater Center and recently toured Japan and China performing her new one woman shows. She started three stand-up comedy groups comprised of children called “The Comedy Pups.” that was featured on National Television and has taught acting for twenty years to children, teens, adults and seniors.
As a comedienne and mime she was the opening act for Jay Leno, Steve Martin and Robin Williams. In 2002-2003 she hosted her own radio show on KRLA talk radio called “The Romantic Intuitive.” and is currently acting, lecturing and performing and is writing a column for The Tolucan Times and La Brea Living Magazine called “The Chatterbox-The Biz” for the last three years.
Antoinette (Toni) Attell is presently an adjunct professor at the USC School of Cinema teaching the Acting Experience for Writers and Acting for Directors and is also teaching at UCLA Extension, and NYFA.