BRATTLEBORO >> Beyondananda, the comedian also known as Steve Bhaerman, has been called "the Mark Twain of our times" by best-selling author Marianne Williamson – because he is not only hilariously funny but also offers sharp social commentary along with a spiritual perspective.
In his first-ever Brattleboro appearance, the Swami will present his cosmic wisdom at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden on Friday, Sept. 9. The show is a fundraiser for Strolling of the Heifers.
For nearly 30 years, the Swami has been a fount of comedy disguised as wisdom – or is it wisdom disguised as comedy? In any case, this heart-opening, mind-expanding show will help you wake up laughing and leave laughter in your wake.
Billed as "one of the biggest names in comedy" ("Beyondananda" alone has 12 letters!), the Swami keeps the audience in stitches with his mixture of word play, seriously funny political and spiritual commentary, and playful silliness. And he's the only guru to channel both Elvis and Bullwinkle – and at the same time yet!
The Swami has authored such classic books as "Driving Your Own Karma," "When You See A Sacred Cow Milk It for All It's Worth," "Duck Soup for the Soul," "Swami for Precedent: A 7-Step Plan to Heal the Body Politic," and "Cure Electile Dysfunction."
The Swami has a serious side: Since 2005, as himself, Steve Bhaerman has written a political blog with a spiritual perspective, "Notes From the Trail." His latest book, written with cellular biologist Bruce H. Lipton, PhD is "Spontaneous Evolution: Our Positive Future and a Way to Get There From Here" (Hay House, 2009). The Swami's web site is WakeUpLaughing.com.
The Swami's show begins at 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 9, at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden (home of Strolling of the Heifers) at 157 Main Street, Brattleboro, 802-246-0982.
Seating is limited to 200. All seats are $15, but Strolling of the Heifers encourages you to consider purchasing a contributor ticket ($25) or sponsor ticket ($40). Sponsors will receive premium seating in front rows.
Tickets are available at the River Garden, open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and online at swamibeyond.brownpapertickets.com.
The show benefits the Stroll's Culinary Apprenticeship Program, which is training underemployed people for full-time permanent employment at local restaurants and institutional kitchens.