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The World's Only "Jollytologist;" Shows Audiences How to Find Humor in Not-So-Funny Situations; Award-Winning Speaker & Best-Selling Author

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 Allen Klein Biography

Ever hear of a “Jollytologist”? Well meet the world’s one and only—Allen Klein. Through his books and his presentations, Klein shows people worldwide how to deal with everything from traffic jams to tragedies. 

Klein got into this unusual line of work after his wife died of a rare liver disease at the age of 34. He saw how humor helped her, and those around her, cope. He also saw how humor helped him get through that loss. He now teaches others how to find some in trying times.  Those audiences include people in 48 states as well as Israel and Australia, and clients from IBM to the IRS. 

Klein is the immediate past-president of The Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor, an international organization with nearly 600 members whose purpose is to advance the understanding and application of humor and laughter for their positive benefits.

Klein is also an award-winning speaker and best-selling author as well as the recipient of a Toastmasters Communication and Leadership Award and a Certified Speaking Professional designation from the National Speakers Association. (Less than 800 of its 4,000 members have this honor.)

He is also a 2007 inductee into New York City's Hunter College Hall of Fame Only about a dozen people are selected from the thousands of the past graduates for this distinction.

Klein's first book, The Healing Power of Humor, is now in a 31st printing and eighth foreign language translation. It shows readers how to use humor to deal with everyday trials and tribulations. His second book, The Courage to Laugh: Humor, Hope, and Healing in the Face of Death and Dying, documents how people have used humor to triumph over tragedy.

He has also authored thirteen other books, including Quotations to Cheer You Up, Up Words for Down Days, The Change-Your-Life Quote Book, WorkLaughs, ParentLaughs, and TeacherLaughs. And his writing has appeared in four Chicken Soup for the Soul books.

Klein has a master’s degree in humor (from St. Mary's College in Minnesota—and that's no joke!)  And he is well suited to his subject. Years before becoming a “Jollytologist”, Klein was nicknamed the “King of Whimsy” because he designed all the children shows at CBS television in New York City. Among those productions was one you probably remember—the Captain Kangaroo show. 

Although no longer working in the light-hearted world of children, Klein still believes that adults need to take a lesson from them and lighten up. To help adults do this, Klein is both the editor or The Mid-Month Mirth Memo e-zine and founder of  International Mirth Month (every March).

Comedian Jerry Lewis has said that Klein is “a noble and vital force watching over the human condition.” 

PROGRAMS

The Lighter Side of Change

This presentation will demonstrate how a sense of humor can help you deal with the changes and challenges in both the workplace and in life. With laughter (yuk, yuk), lecture (yak, yak), and playful exercises (yahoo!), participants will learn tools, tips and techniques for using humor to reduce stress and for dealing with not-so-funny stuff.

The Healing Power of Humor

This presentation demonstrates and documents the therapeutic benefits of humor. With laughter, lecture and playful exercises, participants will learn tools and techniques to enhance their life, why humor can give a new perspective, and how to laugh at not-so-funny things.

Humor in the Workplace: Lighten Your Work with Laughter

It has been said that 80% of illness is probably stress related. Through laughter, lecture and playful exercises, this inspirational and informational program gives participants a pocket full of FUN-raising work-related tools to help them be more productive as they laugh away those harmful stress situations.

The Courage to Laugh: Humor in Hospice Work

With heartwarming, and often hilarious, stories from those who have had the courage to laugh in spite of their prognosis, this program validates what George Bernard Shaw once said: "Life does not cease to be funny when people die, any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh."

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Books
Secrets Kids Know...that Adults Oughta Learn: Enriching Your Life by Viewing It Through The Eyes of a Child

Secrets Kids Know...that Adults Oughta Learn: Enriching Your Life by Viewing It Through The Eyes of a Child

Lift-Your-Spirits Quote Book

Lift-Your-Spirits Quote Book

Speaking Topics
  • The Lighter Side of Change

    This presentation will demonstrate how a sense of humor can help you deal with the changes, challenges and stress in your work and also in your life. With laughter (yuk, yuk) lecture (yak, yak), and playful exercises (yahoo!), you will learn tools, tips and techniques for using humor to deal with not-so-funny stuff.

  • Learning to Laugh When You Feel Like Crying

    This presentation demonstrates why losing is a necessary part of life and the five steps for going from loss to laughter: Losing, Learning, Letting Go, Living, and Laughing. This session also provides heart-warming and humorous examples of how, in spite of their circumstance, those with life-challenging issues have found something to laugh about.

  • The Courage to Laugh

    This playful, uplifting, interactive presentation will show you how to find and use humor in the changes, challenges, and not-so-funny stuff of working in the healthcare arena.

    In addition, with heartwarming, and often hilarious, stories from those who have had the courage to laugh in spite of their prognosis, this program validates George Bernard Shaw’s notion that— “Life does not cease to be funny when people die, any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.”

  • The Healing Power of Humor

    This presentation demonstrates and documents the therapeutic benefits of humor. With laughter, lecture and playful exercises, participants will learn tools and techniques to enhance their life and their work.

  • Let the Play Begin

    “We live in an ironic society where even play is turned into work,” says theologian Conrad Hyers. “But the highest existence is not work; the highest level of existence is play.” With interactive-audience exercises, this program will demonstrate that “higher level of existence” by demonstrating how play can help you solve problems, enhance your creativity, and reframe your stress in a new way.

FAQs
  • HOW TO BOOK Allen Klein?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Allen Klein for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Allen Klein, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Allen Klein or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK Allen Klein?

    Booking fees for Allen Klein, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Allen Klein, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Allen Klein?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Allen Klein for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Allen Klein for your next private or corporate function.
  • WHAT IS A FULL-SERVICE TALENT BOOKING AGENCY?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Allen Klein or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Allen Klein or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.
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Allen Klein

5 out of 5

The World's Only "Jollytologist;" Shows Audiences How to Find Humor in Not-So-Funny Situations; Award-Winning Speaker & Best-Selling Author

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Allen Klein Biography

Ever hear of a “Jollytologist”? Well meet the world’s one and only—Allen Klein. Through his books and his presentations, Klein shows people worldwide how to deal with everything from traffic jams to tragedies. 

Klein got into this unusual line of work after his wife died of a rare liver disease at the age of 34. He saw how humor helped her, and those around her, cope. He also saw how humor helped him get through that loss. He now teaches others how to find some in trying times.  Those audiences include people in 48 states as well as Israel and Australia, and clients from IBM to the IRS. 

Klein is the immediate past-president of The Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor, an international organization with nearly 600 members whose purpose is to advance the understanding and application of humor and laughter for their positive benefits.

Klein is also an award-winning speaker and best-selling author as well as the recipient of a Toastmasters Communication and Leadership Award and a Certified Speaking Professional designation from the National Speakers Association. (Less than 800 of its 4,000 members have this honor.)

He is also a 2007 inductee into New York City's Hunter College Hall of Fame Only about a dozen people are selected from the thousands of the past graduates for this distinction.

Klein's first book, The Healing Power of Humor, is now in a 31st printing and eighth foreign language translation. It shows readers how to use humor to deal with everyday trials and tribulations. His second book, The Courage to Laugh: Humor, Hope, and Healing in the Face of Death and Dying, documents how people have used humor to triumph over tragedy.

He has also authored thirteen other books, including Quotations to Cheer You Up, Up Words for Down Days, The Change-Your-Life Quote Book, WorkLaughs, ParentLaughs, and TeacherLaughs. And his writing has appeared in four Chicken Soup for the Soul books.

Klein has a master’s degree in humor (from St. Mary's College in Minnesota—and that's no joke!)  And he is well suited to his subject. Years before becoming a “Jollytologist”, Klein was nicknamed the “King of Whimsy” because he designed all the children shows at CBS television in New York City. Among those productions was one you probably remember—the Captain Kangaroo show. 

Although no longer working in the light-hearted world of children, Klein still believes that adults need to take a lesson from them and lighten up. To help adults do this, Klein is both the editor or The Mid-Month Mirth Memo e-zine and founder of  International Mirth Month (every March).

Comedian Jerry Lewis has said that Klein is “a noble and vital force watching over the human condition.” 

PROGRAMS

The Lighter Side of Change

This presentation will demonstrate how a sense of humor can help you deal with the changes and challenges in both the workplace and in life. With laughter (yuk, yuk), lecture (yak, yak), and playful exercises (yahoo!), participants will learn tools, tips and techniques for using humor to reduce stress and for dealing with not-so-funny stuff.

The Healing Power of Humor

This presentation demonstrates and documents the therapeutic benefits of humor. With laughter, lecture and playful exercises, participants will learn tools and techniques to enhance their life, why humor can give a new perspective, and how to laugh at not-so-funny things.

Humor in the Workplace: Lighten Your Work with Laughter

It has been said that 80% of illness is probably stress related. Through laughter, lecture and playful exercises, this inspirational and informational program gives participants a pocket full of FUN-raising work-related tools to help them be more productive as they laugh away those harmful stress situations.

The Courage to Laugh: Humor in Hospice Work

With heartwarming, and often hilarious, stories from those who have had the courage to laugh in spite of their prognosis, this program validates what George Bernard Shaw once said: "Life does not cease to be funny when people die, any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh."

Allen Klein Videos

  • Allen Klein at Book Passage
  • Author Allen Klein on Therapeutic Humor for Caregivers and Seniors
  • Our Thoughts & Intentions Create Our Reality | Allen Klein ...

Allen Klein Books

Allen Klein Speaking Topics

  • The Lighter Side of Change

    This presentation will demonstrate how a sense of humor can help you deal with the changes, challenges and stress in your work and also in your life. With laughter (yuk, yuk) lecture (yak, yak), and playful exercises (yahoo!), you will learn tools, tips and techniques for using humor to deal with not-so-funny stuff.

  • Learning to Laugh When You Feel Like Crying

    This presentation demonstrates why losing is a necessary part of life and the five steps for going from loss to laughter: Losing, Learning, Letting Go, Living, and Laughing. This session also provides heart-warming and humorous examples of how, in spite of their circumstance, those with life-challenging issues have found something to laugh about.

  • The Courage to Laugh

    This playful, uplifting, interactive presentation will show you how to find and use humor in the changes, challenges, and not-so-funny stuff of working in the healthcare arena.

    In addition, with heartwarming, and often hilarious, stories from those who have had the courage to laugh in spite of their prognosis, this program validates George Bernard Shaw’s notion that— “Life does not cease to be funny when people die, any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.”

  • The Healing Power of Humor

    This presentation demonstrates and documents the therapeutic benefits of humor. With laughter, lecture and playful exercises, participants will learn tools and techniques to enhance their life and their work.

  • Let the Play Begin

    “We live in an ironic society where even play is turned into work,” says theologian Conrad Hyers. “But the highest existence is not work; the highest level of existence is play.” With interactive-audience exercises, this program will demonstrate that “higher level of existence” by demonstrating how play can help you solve problems, enhance your creativity, and reframe your stress in a new way.

FAQs on booking Allen Klein

  • How to book Allen Klein?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Allen Klein for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Allen Klein, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Allen Klein or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Allen Klein?

    Booking fees for Allen Klein, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Allen Klein, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Allen Klein?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Allen Klein for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Allen Klein for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Allen Klein or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Allen Klein or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Allen Klein is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as The Lighter Side of Change, Learning to Laugh When You Feel Like Crying, The Courage to Laugh, The Healing Power of Humor and Let the Play Begin. The estimated speaking fee range to book Allen Klein for your event is $5,000 - $10,000. Allen Klein generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Debra Peppers, Brad Montgomery, Mark Mayfield, Patrick Leroux and Amanda Gore. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Allen Klein for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Allen Klein Speaker Videos

  • Allen Klein at Book Passage
    Author Allen Klein on Therapeutic Humor for Caregivers and Seniors
  • Our Thoughts & Intentions Create Our Reality | Allen Klein ...

Allen Klein Speaking Topics

  • The Lighter Side of Change

    This presentation will demonstrate how a sense of humor can help you deal with the changes, challenges and stress in your work and also in your life. With laughter (yuk, yuk) lecture (yak, yak), and playful exercises (yahoo!), you will learn tools, tips and techniques for using humor to deal with not-so-funny stuff.

  • Learning to Laugh When You Feel Like Crying

    This presentation demonstrates why losing is a necessary part of life and the five steps for going from loss to laughter: Losing, Learning, Letting Go, Living, and Laughing. This session also provides heart-warming and humorous examples of how, in spite of their circumstance, those with life-challenging issues have found something to laugh about.

  • The Courage to Laugh

    This playful, uplifting, interactive presentation will show you how to find and use humor in the changes, challenges, and not-so-funny stuff of working in the healthcare arena.

    In addition, with heartwarming, and often hilarious, stories from those who have had the courage to laugh in spite of their prognosis, this program validates George Bernard Shaw’s notion that— “Life does not cease to be funny when people die, any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.”

  • The Healing Power of Humor

    This presentation demonstrates and documents the therapeutic benefits of humor. With laughter, lecture and playful exercises, participants will learn tools and techniques to enhance their life and their work.

  • Let the Play Begin

    “We live in an ironic society where even play is turned into work,” says theologian Conrad Hyers. “But the highest existence is not work; the highest level of existence is play.” With interactive-audience exercises, this program will demonstrate that “higher level of existence” by demonstrating how play can help you solve problems, enhance your creativity, and reframe your stress in a new way.

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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