Poem and photo of dogCartoonist Francesco Marciuliano follows up on the success of his New York Times Bestseller I Could Pee on This and Other Poems by Cats with a funny and poignant new title, I Could Chew on This and Other Poems by Dogs. Francesco currently writes Sally Forth, an internationally syndicated family comic strip that appears in nearly 800 newspapers around the world. He's also a playwright and served as head writer for the highly praised PBS children's series SeeMore's Playhouse. This week on The Studio with Cheryl Francesco discusses the creative process and how his parents nurtured his talents and continue to feed his funny bone. Tune in! 

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A.J. Jacobs is a Very Funny Guy

AJ Jacobs  Imagine devoting a year of your life to a single interest, determined to learn everything there is to know about it.  And writing a book about it while you're at it.  A very funny book.  A New York Times bestseller even.  Imagine that even before the year is up and the book is finished, your project is optioned as a movie.  And you'd be played by Ben Stiller maybe, or Jim Carey, or Steve Carrell.  Not a bad way to spend a year!

A.J. Jacobs, author of "The Year of Living Bibilically:  One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible" and "Drop Dead Healthy: One Man's Humble Quest for Bodily Pefection" (do you sense a theme here?) will join Monica and Carline this week on Writers' Voices.  Jacobs is an editor at large of Esquire magazine and a frequent contributor to other national magazine and NPR's Weekend Edition.  He will be speaking March 14, 2013 at Iowa Wesleyan College in Mt. Pleasant Iowa at 7 pm. (check for details). Hear about some of the funniest things that happened while he was trying to follow the rules in the Bible as literally as possible, and how seriously he took the command to be fruitful and multiply.  Jacobs speaks candidly about why the book is not offensive to believers even though it has a humorous perspective.

Polly FrostHumorist, Polly Frost has been published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times, and many other magazines. Her humorous essays have also been anthologized, including in two of The New Yorker’s “best of” collections. Her 2010 humor collection, "With One Eye Open", inspired Elle columnist, E. Jean Carroll, to call Polly Frost “the Edith Wharton of her generation."

Polly will be performing her one-person show, "How To Survive Your Adult Relationship with Your Family", Saturday, May 19 at The Englert Theatre, in Iowa City. Combining storytelling, anecdotes and humorous tips, Polly presents a heartfelt and humorous exploration of the journey families take as they grow and change in often unexpected ways. 

Janice TaylorTune in to, Friday at 1pm Central to hear why Janice Taylor believes you can wake up New Years morning thinner than you are now! Janice is one of the country's leading health and wellness coaches, a weight-loss artist®, a motivational speaker, author, creator of the popular e-letter Our Lady of Weight Loss, the Kick in the Tush Club, and contributor to The Huffington Post, Today's Health & Wellness Magazine, and She has been featured in The Oprah Magazine, NY Times, Good Housekeeping, Family Circle, Chicago Sun Times, LA Times,,, Fitness and Health magazine. She has appeared on numerous radio and television programs across the country including Discovery Health and Naomi's New Morning on the Hallmark Channel.

This Monday, Just Plain Jazz tackles the serious subject of Humor in jazz. I'll beRed hot cool wearing my jester's cap -a modified fez- for two straight (?) hours as we investigate the lighter side. Funny sounds, amusing lyrics, wry juxtapositions - if not laugh-out-loud, it'll at least coax a smile or two out of you. Good humor can be contagious and yet it's also claimed that it makes you healthier! Go figure...

Q: Why is jazz like comic books?

A: Well, they're both totally American art forms (with roots and antecedents in other cultures, of course) that have been embraced/expanded/modified globally, but I was thinking along different lines. I think it was Harvey Pekar who pointed out that comic books are words and pictures; you can tell any story with words and pictures! Jazz, at root, is about improvisation; you can express any human feeling through improvisation!

Q: I don't like comic books and I don't like jazz.

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Therese Cummiskey & Diana Flynn

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