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Belly Laughs: Adventures with Celebrities and Other Unusual Characters [Paperback]

Rod Long

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Book Description

June 1 1999
Entertaining and quirky stories from 32 of the world's most mysterious women, who all just happen to be -- bellydancers! Their unusual careers bring them to movie stars, kings and presidents. REAL incidents ... tales that range from Keystone Cops-like capers to pure Hollywood glamour. If you like social satire, you'll enjoy this commentary on life in the performing arts!

- Meet the Middle Eastern diva who gets kidnapped by a prince -- and when she arrives home, she walks in on her own funeral!

- Dianna, the fiery redhead, gets hot under the collar when a Colombian drug lord tries to steal her accessories!

- When the beautiful Fahtiem brings her husband (a cop) to a Hollywood party, he eats a whole plateful of brownies. But they are baked with a secret ingredient ...

Sneak a peek behind the scenes with ...

- Muhammad Ali and Larry Holmes - Billy Bob (and his brother, the president)
- Michael Jackson
- Madonna

- Find out how Mesmera gets Stevie Wonder to "watch" her dance!
- Join the elegant Tamalyn Dallal at tea time with Robert DeNiro.
- Plus, lots of odd, embarrassing, and just plain weird gigs!

Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Talion Publishing (June 1 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1890916501
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890916503
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Belly Laughs isn't exactly what I'd call it June 15 2001
By S Martin - Published on Amazon.com
I'm disappointed in this book, I picked it up at a belly dance workshop, and figured it would be full of laughs. It's not exactly a book of funny stories, some of them are just plain weird, not funny, or didn't have anything to do with belly dancing.
One of the things that disappointed me most about the book is the story telling style. Long states at the beginning that he's not trying to embellish the stories or take them over, but we constantly get little bits of Long-ese (definitions of words he uses), and somehow I don't think all these belly dancers used Long-ese a lot. It's like he's constantly trying to remind us who's writing the book. He also crams the table of contents onto two pages in small type, but has no problems putting a definition of Long-ese on the page in large type, and then devoting the entire next page to a definition of 'buckwheat.'
A lot of the stories weren't funny, or didn't have a whole lot to do with belly dancing. The last story of the book is a narrative about one belly dancer's obsession with The Artist Formerly Known as Prince. There isn't any mention of belly dance in it, other than the person who was obsessed with him saw his wife dancing. Another one deals with one belly dancer's husband accidentally eating 'funny' brownies and then driving 10 miles an hour down the road.
The book isn't a total waste though, there are a few funny and interesting stories, one about a python that farted feathers, another about how a belly dancing cousin warmed up a somber wedding, and another about a mishap a dancer had when she danced with Omar Sharif. Other than that, there's not a whole lot of really good stories. If you're really interested in sorting through the bad to find the good, then order the book. If not, try to pick one up used or see if the library has a copy.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Gratuitous Name-Dropping and Annoying Writing Style March 12 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I wanted to like this book. I really did. But I found Long's narrative style to be very, very annoying. Every time I was just getting comfortably settled into reading one of the anecdotes in this book, I'd get jarred out of it by one of Long's not-very-funny made-up words. I felt as if he was a child trying to call attention to himself rather than letting the stories speak for themselves.
I also got annoyed with the emphasis on celebrities. Many of the stories featuring celebrities were simply not all that interesting, and would have been too weak to include in such a book if the main characters had been no-names. To me, they came across as gratuitous name-dropping.
Still, it was nice to see a book that painted a realistic picture of what it's like to be a belly dancer, and some of the stories were rather funny.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This is perhaps the WORST book I have ever suffered through. Aug. 16 2002
By reviewer - Published on Amazon.com
The only reason I give this book one star is that Amazon won't let me give it a zero or negative rating. I hope it was printed on recycled paper, because it would be a crime against the universe to have cut down a tree for this bumfodder.
Most of the stories don't even have a humorous element as they are little more than celebrity name-dropping, and even the potentially funny stories are killed by Long's lack of talent and his trying to make himself the center of attention.
If this book is an example of Long's comedy, his live "performances" must violate the Geneva Convention.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What a Disgrace Jan. 12 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This book is absolutely terrible. Maybe a couple of funny stories but overall it is an incredible waste and a torture to read.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not enough laughs Sept. 8 2000
By "kahire" - Published on Amazon.com
I waited from this book to find funny stories about dancers from all over the world but there were just few stories that really were funny. Book was filled with stories by Jodette and Dallal, of which the first was really boring: maybe it was fun to live that life but for sure it was not fun to read... and what has the last story about Prince fan do in this book? There could have been so much more to read if the author was more concentrating to really fun and interesting stories instead of dropping famous names.

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