trainer, comedian, best-selling author & HuffPost blogger
“Your course helped me to change my life, so thanks!”
– Dr Sharie Coombes, Psychotherapist
Gerry started out in professional life as an architect. Next, he worked in health-and-wellbeing counselling. He then trained in facilitation at Roffey Park international training and leadership institute and went into comedy based training and coaching.
Gerry is standup comedy tutor at Brighton Institute for Contemporary Theatre Training. He is teaches comedy based learning at Brighton University Business School and at the University of Sussex, and is a facilitator for the alwayspossible agency. He also teaches comedy at the Pauline Quirke Academy
Overcoming obstacles through comedy:
As a young adult, Gerry was painfully shy. He was introverted and withdrawn, hating attention. He was terrified of looking stupid. Learning how to wield humour and then training as a stand-up comic, he overcame these challenges. Gerry is now a confident speaker who can stand up in front of audiences of thousands – and enjoy it.
A life-changing experience:
Gerry dropped out of his career as an architect. He then embarked on a life-changing overland journey from Turkey through Iran, Afghanistan, Kashmir, and the Himalayan kingdoms. He was subsequently initiated into Buddhism by the Dalai LLama of Tibet. Gerry’s teachers also include Robert Holden, Daisaku Ikeda and Herman Aihara.
Gerry has a side career as an extremely successful author and editorial consultant. He has written twenty-five books, funny and serious. These have sold half a million copies in a multitude of languages. Humorous books are shown below.
Gerry’s most recent title is “Inspirational Gamechangers: How the best business talent create astonishingly successful companies”. It’s published by Financial Times Publishing, also in Chinese: more about this book
Gerry has co-authored ghost written and mentored many titles with other authors.
The artist tells the story of his journey to empowerment through comedy:
Gerry doing stand-up at Brighton Comedy Festival:
A humorous poetic diatribe against bad language
Gerry sings an impromptu song with appalling ukelele accompaniment:
The Gerry performing his comic poetry:
“Ode to a stool” – reflections on being asked for a sample
Gerry doing stand-up: why people are really annoying:
A poetic exploration of just how many words you can find to rhyme with…
For more information and video clips of Gerry’s comedy performances, visit his personal website
Humorous books by Gerry Maguire Thompson
Cats are from Venus, Dogs are from Mars
Gerry’s best-selling parody of love, romance and sexual relationship between men and women – 60,000 copies sold in ten languages. Illustrated in colour by Madeliene Hardy
“The perfect antidote to books about relationship”
“I read the book to our cats and dogs. My wife and our rabbit listened too. It has helped us all!”
– Bernie Seigal, author of Love, Medicine and Miracles
“A hilarious parody”
– Hilary Boyd, The Express
“It really touched me”
– Shelley Love Bonkers, author of My Heart is a Big Fat Pink Balloon.
Astral Sex to Zen Teabags:
an illustrated new age Spoofapedia
illustrations by Anne Ward and the author
“Witty and informative”
– Time Out magazine
“Loved it… very funny, and timely”
– Sue Townsend, author of the Adrian Mole books
“I laughed my head off. This is a wonderful look into the ‘New Age’ movement.
Tongue-in-Cheek, but cutting through to truths. This is a wonderful time to
raise endorphins with a good guffaw.”
– The Messenger
“I found reading it to be a good lesson in not taking the soul-searching path too serious. This is something hardcore seekers need to be reminded of now and again. A well-rounded life includes a generous portion of joy and laughter”
“Once in a lifetime comes a book that will totally transform your life, help you to find your true direction and reveal to you the very mysteries of existence itself. This is not that book. However… it is the funniest, most brilliant tongue-in-cheek guide to New Age jargon yet published.” — OM Yoga
“In this funny compendium of definitions of New Age jargon, Thompson draws out plenty of our chuckles.” – Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, spiritualityandpractice.com
Feng Shui For Dogs
A humorous parody of Feng Shui
The Weekend Shaman, and other dodgy characters
A humorous send-up of mind-body-spirit archetypes, illustrated by Anne Ward
“New-agers will be cringing at the uncanny accuracy of Thompson’s descriptions. The antidote to the sometimes venomous parodies is the affection with which the book has obviously been written. Have a laugh at this book – and at yourself”
– Fortean Times
“This is perfect for anyone who is sanctimonious, with a knitted pullover”
– Big Issue magazine
“Thank heavens for The Weekend Shaman! Far too many people seem to have left their sense of humour behind. And laughter, they say, is often the best medicine!
– Here’s Health magazine
Serious books by Gerry Maguire Thompson
Inspirational Gamechangers, from FT Publishing:
visit the book’s websitewebsite
For more detail on Gerry’s other books and writings, visit his personal website