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I Love Your Laugh: Finding the Light in My Screwball Life [Hardcover]

Jessica Holmes
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Sept. 27 2010
The three years I spent in prison taught me to hate. Fork fights and throat punches were my pastimes. But that's how it goes when you've raised yourself on spite and envy.

OK, that wasn't me. Not all comedians come from a dark place. . . .

In this hilarious memoir, Jessica Holmes, a fan favourite on the hit shows The Holmes Show and Royal Canadian Air Farce, offers her witty observations on everything from her eclectic upbringing by a right-wing, Mormon father and a feminist mother, to her experiences as a missionary in Venezuela, to her own trial-and-error adventures in childrearing. Delving into personal experiences never discussed before, Holmes reveals her struggle to find laughter off-stage and spins comedy gold from her fumbles. The combination makes for an inspirational, heartwarming, and thoroughly side-splitting treat.

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"Whether Jessica is performing on stage as Celine Dion, or 'work'n it' on TV, she is always perfection, and this book is no exception. It's a fresh, fun and sometimes odd look into her past. Jessica's humour is front and center from cover to cover. Love the book . . . and love the girl!" 
— Steven Sabados & Chris Hyndman, designers

"We need a book like this out there. Jessica kicks down the "white picket fence" to reveal the realities of life, and reminds us that you have to laugh. Thanks, Jessica."
— Cheryl Hickey, ET Canada

"Jessica approaches life like some big, joyful, overstuffed closet: She boldly dives in, mixes it up, and puts it together in ways that charm, inspire, and make you laugh out loud. Her style is just plain funny." 
— Jeanne Beker

"Jessica Holmes is honest , brave, super smart and very very funny. . . . I admire her so much for sharing these insightful and very personal moments -- and for making me pee my pants!" 
— Melanie Doane, singer/songwriter

About the Author

JESSICA HOLMES is a comedian, writer, actress, and speaker. She has appeared in numerous films and television shows, as well as onstage in the Just for Laughs comedy festival in Montreal, in Second City's Touring Company, and opening for comedic luminaries such as Leslie Nielsen and Jerry Seinfeld. She has starred in her own comedy series and special, The Holmes Show and Holmes Alone, and most recently in Royal Canadian Air Farce. She has been nominated for several Canadian Comedy Awards as well as the Gemini Award for her TV and sketch comedy work.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Positive, uplifting and HILARIOUS! April 3 2011
Format:Hardcover
I had the good fortune to volunteer with The Power Within, The Power of Women convention. I met Jessica, bought her book and chatted briefly with her to compliment her on the fantastically talented work she does on-stage!.

Starting this book on Saturday afternoon... couldn't put it down! I was finished by Sunday morning. This is a book every woman needs to read; sharing excerpts with anyone around you who is asking what are you laughing about? Why are you crying?

All my friends and family are going to read this! It's a MUST
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4.0 out of 5 stars wonderful insight into her life July 10 2014
By B. Walsh - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Jessica Holmes sounds like a lovely (real) person in this book. She shares her inner thoughts and fears along with some hilarious stories. I feel like a better person for reading it. I would be honored to meet her someday.
5.0 out of 5 stars BookHounds www.maryinhb.blogspot.com Nov. 19 2010
By Mary Bookhounds - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I adored this book. I am generally a fan of humorous memoirs, but this one really hit a nice balance between the truly funny and poignant. There is a certain picture that appears toward the beginning of the book that I will always hold dear and when I am in a bad mood, all I have to do is look at it and I laugh out loud for a good minute or so. The picture? An old print that one of the author's brothers had photoshopped. Now, normally, these sight gags are just a come on and there is no substance behind them. This one is different. The picture told me everything I needed to know about her upbringing. It must have had a great deal of wackiness and humor. So, now are you wondering about the picture? It is an old print of two boys and two horses and you must look closely at it. The legs of the horses are switched with those of the boys. Simple, but effective!

Jessica Holmes is a star in her native Canada and she may be unfamiliar in the US, but she shouldn't be. She writes with a wit and friendliness that even the dull parts are wonderful. Well, there aren't many dull parts and again, I think that if I was familiar with her comedy and fame that I would have wanted to read more about her marriage like any good gossipy memoir. She covers that part just enough to round out the details. If you really want to laugh a bit more, check out her Celine Dion impression on You Tube. They are really hilarious.
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly funny and touching Oct. 19 2010
By astar99 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is a truly funny and poignant voyage through the trials, tribulations, angst, and quirky experiences of a very funny writer and gifted comedian. She describes - in a hilarious way - what so many woman struggle with, deal with, and finally come to grips with. A real joy to read....for both women and men!
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