Some people’s lives are simple. Some not. Jerry Gillies? Beyond not. Jerry always wanted to be a writer, and has has moved fluidly from career to career, each change a tribute to another of his layers of abilities. He began as a broadcaster, shifted to NBC newsman in New York, was a joke writer for Phyllis Diller, Henny Youngman and others, a motivational speaker, and is the bestselling author of six self-help books, two of which are Moneylove and Transcendental Sex. As a prosperity teacher, his ability to advise comes not from an expertise on money but on the psychology of money.
Jerry lives life in a broad range of possibilities and exploits with usually smooth transitions of his own choice and the agony of one huge interruption. Jerry is working on the long and true version of this interruption, his twelve-year prison term for a crime so unlikely and inexplicable that it is impossible to capture in an article. It will be easier for both of us if you click right here for the privilege of hearing Jerry talk about his life, his successes, the sorrow of his prison term, the realization of the bizarre cause of it and how he dealt with the daily anger.
He is now in the midst of moving to Panama for the foreseeable future as that nation’s first English speaking comedian. But before he does, he will, naturally, not waste a moment. He will give voice to that new comedy career here with his appearance at Tell it on Tuesday this coming Tuesday November 13, 7 pm at the Marsh Berkeley, where he will delight the audience with the Five Unpeelings of the Jerry Onion, and unpeel he will, stage by stage of his not-at-all simple life.
Jerry’s life is complicated and still evolving with the promise of more surprises to come. He does plan to throw himself a one-hundred-fiftieth birthday party. Will his present friends be able to attend? Probably not, but he’ll have new ones.
Jerry is, above all, a writer with his, endless quotes, his Moneylove blog, audios. the Moneylove Club. his mystery novel still sitting on his shelf, his prison memoirs in progress, and his comedy and his lessons in how to live life successfully. And, when you come right down to it, isn’t that what stand-up is about at its best, carefully crafted psychologically aware lessons in how to live life beautifully in the face of challenges? I vote yes on that one.
Oh, and for Jerry’s love letters, he was, (who would be surprised?), the person who helped the other prisoners write love letters to those on the outside. He also has an impressive collection of letters that I hope will find their way down the generations as just one more significant footprint on the Jerry-journey.
From me to you with love in the air,
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