Friday, August 29, 2008

Friday, September 19 at 8 p.m.
Unity Church of Kalamazoo
(1204 Whites Road between S. Westnedge and Oakland)

Tickets $15 for adults and $5 for students. Buy them at the door or order in advance by calling 269-731-4289.

This program is presented by the U.S. Department of Peace campaign in SW Michigan. and

Ask a wise Swami what he’s doing delivering political jokes, and he’ll give you a wise answer: “Because there’s definitely something funny going on.”

Swami Beyondananda, whose favorite yoga pose is tongue-in-cheek, is coming to Kalamazoo on Friday, September 19, 2008 in an event sponsored by the U.S. Department of Peace and Nonviolence Campaign of Southwestern Michigan.

At a time when the economy is suffering from the “Greenspan Effect” (i.e., not enough green to span the average month), the Swami seeks to bring cosmic comedy and healing laughter to the political conversation. Why laughter? Because, as the Swami will tell you, “There’s definitely something funny going on!”

Swami is campaigning to help politics rise to a higher level—through levity, of course. “We don’t need a revolution in this country,” the Swami declares. “What we need now is an evolution where we the people realize we are the leaders we’ve been waiting for. Fortunately, people are waking up and wising up—and that’s good, because we could sure use a good ‘up-wising!’”

In these times where war is too often seen as the solution instead of the problem, the Swami says it’s time to try something new. “If we keep doing what we’ve always done, we will only get what we’ve always gotten. Like spending our energy getting even. What a waste! An eye for an eye only creates blindness. So I have another new slogan for the new millennium: Don’t get even ... get odd!”

And they hardly come any odder than the Swami, whose comedy has been described both as “comedy disguised as wisdom” and “wisdom disguised as comedy.” Just a look at the titles of his books, CDs and DVD indicate that this turban-powered comedian sees the world from a slightly different angle: Yogi From Muskogee. Don’t Squeeze the Shaman. Beyondananda and Beyond. Drive Your Karma, Curb Your Dogma. Duck Soup for the Soul, Supreme Court Jester, Tickling the Body Politic.

Swami’s latest book Swami for Precedent: A 7-Step Plan to Heal the Body Politic and Cure Electile Dysfunction, uses the magic of humor to enlighten, encourage and empower anyone who wants a more just, healthy and sustainable world. With mind-expanding wit and heart-opening humor, the Swami offers a 7-Step Plan because “frankly, we don’t have time for 12 steps.”

Swami is the alter ego of California-based writer and humorist Steve Bhaerman, who claims that Swami first flew into his head twenty-nine years ago. “I was struck by enlightening during a brainstorm,” Steve says. Swami first appeared in Pathways Magazine, an Ann Arbor, Michigan-based publication serving the newly blossoming holistic community. Steve noticed that even if people read nothing else, they would eagerly turn to Swami’s column each month.

In the early years, Swami was a sacred cowpoke, poking fun at overly serious aspirants and the foibles of self-styled seekers. Something about the Swami would let him get away with telling an audience, “There’s a seeker born every minute, and two to take him along the path,” or offering them the prosperity mantra, “Everything I eat turns to money, and my drawers are full of cash.”

Now the mission has changed, but Swami’s offbeat perspective as an “uncommontator” remains. “For years,” Steve says, “people everywhere have been cultivating consciousness and talking about spirituality. Now it’s time to turn the talkie into a walkie-talkie. Politics—the way we make our community, national and world decisions—is applied spirituality. Swami’s new mission is to awaken the body politic to this truth. And what better way to wake up than to wake up laughing?”

Join the “Cosmic Comic” for some serious laughter for serious times. And tell your friends because when it comes to laughter, the more the merrier. Guaranteed to keep you laughing till the sacred cows come home!

The event marks a return of the Swami, supreme master of levity and guru of political and social satire, who incarnated in Kalamazoo in September 2007. People who saw him then are still laughing.

This event is a FUNdraiser and awareness raiser for the U.S. Department of Peace and Nonviolence Campaign in Michigan’s Sixth Congressional District.

Swami will perform at Unity Church of Kalamazoo, 1204 Whites Road (between South Westnedge and Oakland) in Kalamazoo, on Friday, September 19th at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $15, and $5 for students. A Full House is expected (and maybe even a Royal Flush), so advance tickets are recommended.

For advance tickets or more information, please call (269) 731-4289. The SW Michigan Department of Peace Campaign can be found online at

To find out about Swami’s World Win Tour schedule and his books and other products, visit him online at or call toll free (800) SWAMI-BE

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