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Forebear Joe: The Man Who Saved My Soul by Hendra, Tony
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A key comic writer of the past three decades has created his most heartfelt and hard-hitting book. Father Joe is Tony Hendra’s inspiring true story of finding faith, friendship, and family through the decades-long influence of a surpassingly wise Benedictine monk named Father Joseph Warrillow.

Like everything human, it started with sex. In 1955, fourteen-year-old Tony found himself entangled with a married Catholic woman. In Cold War England, where Catholicism was the subject of news stories and Graham Greene bestsellers, Tony was whisked off by the woman’s husband to see a priest and be saved.

Yet what he found was a far cry from the priests he’d known at Catholic school, where boys were beaten with belts or set upon by dogs. Instead, he met Father Joe, a gentle, stammering, ungainly Benedictine who never used the words “wrong” or “guilt,” who believed that God was in everyone and that “the only sin was selfishness.” During the next forty years, as his life and career drastically ebbed and flowed, Tony discovered that his visits to Father Joe remained the one constant in his life—the relationship that, in the most serious sense, saved it.

From the fifties and his adolescent desire to join an abbey himself; to the sixties, when attending Cambridge and seeing the satire of Beyond the Fringe convinced him to change the world with laughter, not prayer; to the seventies and successful stints as an original editor of National Lampoon and a writer of Lemmings, the off-Broadway smash that introduced John Belushi and Chevy Chase; to professional disaster after co-creating the legendary English series Spitting Image; from drinking to drugs, from a failed first marriage to a successful second and the miracle of parenthood—the years only deepened Tony’s need for the wisdom of his other and more real father, creating a bond that could not be broken, even by death.

A startling departure for this acclaimed satirist, Father Joe is a sincere account of how Tony Hendra learned to love. It’s the story of a whole generation looking for a way back from mockery and irony, looking for its own Father Joe, and a testament to one of the most charismatic mentors in modern literature.
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How I met Father Joe. I was fourteen and having an affair with a married woman. These are the opening lines to the first chapter of this outstanding memoir by former National Lampoon Editor Tony Hendra. How could we resist diving into this deliciously satisfying story about a lifelong mentorship with Dom Joseph Warrilow, a.k.a. Father Joe? After the devout Catholic husband catches the illicit couple in the kitchen, the husband does not attack Hendra. Instead he decides the young boy needs salvation. Amazingly, the husband leads Hendra to the one man who could save his soul: Father Joe. This is a tribute to a spiritual mentor, written in an easygoing, guy-talk style. It is no small feat to be brilliantly funny, ruthlessly honest, and spiritually profound at the same time, but Hendra has the winning combo. For more than 40 years Hendra would return to this mesmerizing old soul to tell him everything---from the details of his first sexual encounter, through questioning the social value of satire, to his crisis in faith after losing two children through miscarriages. But it's not just the North Star wisdom of Father Joe that captivates readers; it is the chance to follow Hendra as he gradually matures into a humble and spiritually solid man who can still crack a wicked good joke. Such a gift. Thank you, Tony Hendra. --Gail Hudson
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Chronicles the history of "Boomer Humor," from its beginnings with Lenny Bruce and Jules Feiffer, through the sixties and the work of Richard Pryor and Woody Allen, to its contemporary expression in "Saturday Night Live"

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  • George Clooney pic gets Iranian newspaper banned

    01/20/15 ,via Philly.com

    The panel will include Bob Mankoff, cartoon editor of the New Yorker; Tony Hendra, editor of National Lampoon; and Joe Raiola, senior editor of MAD. The comedians include Marshall, Lizz Winstead, John Fugelsang, Dean Obeidallah, Jeff Kreisler, Julianna 

  • Would You Trade Your Tomorrows?

    01/09/15 ,via Huffington Post

    Sometime after the column was published, I read Tony Hendra's poignant memoir, Father Joe. In it, Father Joseph Warrilow, the man Hendra says "saved his soul," shared the same theory, albeit a bit more poetically: "You see, dear--I think there are two

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  • Would You Trade Your Tomorrows?

    01/09/15 ,via The Huffington Post

    Sometime after the column was published, I read Tony Hendra's poignant memoir, Father Joe. In it, Father Joseph Warrilow, the man Hendra says "saved his soul," shared the same theory, albeit a bit more poetically: "You see, dear--I think there are two ...

  • Fernandes and his staff lean on each other…

    01/04/15 ,via freemalaysiatoday.com

    PETALING JAYA: In the latest series of tweets between AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes and his staff ... also confirmed two remains of QZ8501 passengers as being that of Hendra Gunawan Syawal (male) and Meiji Thejakusuma (female). The remains were handed ...

  • Missing flight QZ8501: Families pray and wait for bodies to be recovered

    01/02/15 ,via AsiaOne

    Mr Tony Linaksita's uncle David Linaksita told The Sunday Times ... her dream of becoming an air stewardess The bodies of Ms The Meiji Thejakusuma, 44, and Mr Hendra Gunawan Syawal, 23, were the latest to be identified yesterday. Surabaya mayor Tri ...

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Tony Hendra - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Tony Hendra (born 1941) is an English satirist and writer who has worked mostly in the United States. Educated at St Albans School (where he was a classmate of ...

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Tony Hendra, Writer: That Was the Week That Was. Tony Hendra was born in 1941 in Hertfordshire, England as Anthony Christopher Hendra. He is a writer and actor, known ...

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