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Carry a Big Stick: The Frank, Funny & Fearless Life of a Stick Man with a Sick Mind

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  • Carry a Big Stick: The Frank, Funny & Fearless Life of a Stick Man with a Sick Mind 
    Title: Carry a Big Stick: The Frank, Funny & Fearless Life of a Stick Man with a Sick Mind
    Author: FERGUSON TIM
    Format: PAPERBACK
    Publication date: 24/09/2013
    Imprint: LITTLE BROWN
    Price: $35.00
    Publishing status: Active

    Tim Ferguson came out in 2010. After 15?years of hiding, he publicly acknowledged that?he has MS. It’s one subject of this memoir,?but it’s not the book’s defining feature, just as?Ferguson has not let the disease define him.?Rather, his life has been marked by his drive?to perform (part of his deep-seated desire?for acceptance, he reckons). And so we find?out about his days with the Doug Anthony?All Stars, as wild as you would expect, and?later his stint on – and off – commercial?television. But it is in teaching comedy writing?that he has found his ultimate passion, and?this shines through Carry a Big Stick, as does?humour. Not all stand-up comedians are funny?in books. Ferguson is.


    Tim Ferguson was a star of the international comedy circuit. Along with Paul McDermott and Richard Fidler he was part of the edgy, provocative and very funny Doug Anthony All Stars (DAAS). In 1994 they were at the height of their powers, performing in a season at the Criterion Theatre on Piccadilly Circus. The three mates, who began busking on the streets of Canberra a decade earlier, had achieved their ambition to become the self-styled rock stars of comedy.

    Then, all of a sudden, he woke up one morning and his whole left side wouldn't work. He'd had a lurking suspicion that something was wrong and after more episodes he went to a doctor thinking he'd be told to change his diet and get more sleep. It wasn't so simple. An eventual diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS) meant an end to the frenetic, high-energy life he was living.

    CARRY A BIG STICK is a chance for Tim to tell his story. He wants to make people laugh but also give inspiration to all the people doing it hard. A lot of people keep MS to themselves because it's invisible. In Tim's case, he has the stick. 'It's such a visible sign that something's happened; it's just easier if people know.'

    CARRY A BIG STICK meanders through Tim's life, and explains how the boy who went to nine schools in 13 years got used to saying, 'Hi, I'm the new kid'. It will detail his ambitions to become an actor and how the Doug Anthony Allstars were born and went on to become what Rolling Stone called 'The 3 amigos from hell'. Diagnosis changed a lot of things but Tim s quick wit and sense of humour weren t affected. This inspiring memoir shows us that you can laugh in the face of adversity.

    ISBN: 9780733629358
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