Self-help guru, swami offer New Age-y comedy in GV |

Self-help guru, swami offer New Age-y comedy in GV

Swami Beyondananda and the self-help guru aren’t that far apart about guiding the future.

The swami is also known as Steve Bhaerman from Santa Rosa, and the guru’s alias is Richard Stockton from Grass Valley.

On Saturday, the two will present what they call cosmic comedy at Center for the Arts in Grass Valley.

Cosmic comedy involves their slightly different takes on how to create your own future and get what you want, both spiritually and materially.

“My take on ‘you make your own positive future’ meshes with Steve’s idea that ‘you drive your own karma,'” Stockton said.

The two hope to take Saturday’s show on the road in a few months, from Seattle to Sedona, Ariz., wherever they can find anyone in the baby boomer, self-help and New Age crowds.

Bhaerman will show the crowd how to be “lightened and enlightened” with laughter.

He has traveled to organizations, conferences and corporations across the country for 13 years performing comedy as the swami and offering workshops on the transformational power of humor. He believes that humor and laughter are healing.

Stockton will talk about his new motivational book in progress, “Fondle the Fear.”

“I’m the self-help guru for people who sleep in the car,” Stockton said. “If at first you don’t succeed, change your definition of success.”

Stockton performs stand-up comedy and writes for radio and television. Trained in neurolinguistic programming – the science of language and communication – Stockton has claimed he is America’s first motivational speaker to live in a car. He performs his alternative-motivational comedy in theaters, clubs and at corporate seminars also across the country.

Saturday’s show is at 8 p.m.

Admission is $12. Tickets are at BriarPatch, Foggy Mountain Music, Herb Shop Records and at the door.

Center for the Arts is at 314 W. Main St. Call 274-8384 for more information.

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