BTSCelebs Book Review: Ted Swartz’s “Laughter Is Sacred Space”


Ted Swartz is handsome, intelligent and witty. However, his book is a tough lemon slice to swallow.

“Laughter Is Sacred Space” takes the reader on an emotional roller coaster. One minute you are bored with his growing up years, insulted by his recreation of God’s words and biblical story telling, laughing at some of the excerpts of his plays and almost crying after the death of his co-worker Lee.

Honestly, I was not a fan of the book in the beginning for 3 reasons: the humorous biblical storytelling ( I believe no one should make fun of the bible), a few curse words (even the ones that are bleeped out) and his consistent negative view of himself. The story of Ted & Lee TheaterWorks praises Lee and the people around him. It was disappointing not to be able to read more about the positive things about the brilliant man who wrote the book and brought his company to life with or without Lee.

When he began to discuss how much his company meant to him and the suffering he experienced after Lee’s death, I couldn’t help but feel sympathy.

The book is a autobiography full of honesty and raw emotion. If you want to read the life story of a comedian, playwright and stage actor who was raised in the Mennonite Church… “Laughter Is Sacred Space” is your book. The book is bursting with heart and flaws.

**BTSCelebs sends a special thanks to Lori Lenz–Heiselman and Ted Swartz  for a copy of the book to review.**

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