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“I was living every comic’s dream...with a nightmare attached.”

Anthony Griffith, a stand-up comic from Chicago’s South Side, has lived on the borderline of comedy and tragedy. At the very time his career as a stand-up comedian was taking off, and he had finally achieved his dream of appearing on The Tonight Show, he was also enduring an unimaginable personal nightmare: his two-year-old daughter, Brittany Nicole, was dying from cancer. While Anthony performed under bright lights, he struggled not to succumb to the darkness of losing a child.

Behind the Laughter asks, When your world is falling apart, how do you keep going? It’s the story of how Anthony and his wife, Brigitte, learned to endure the most painful of times and emerge on the other side of the “zombie years”.

This memoir is deeply moving yet also humorous - packed with laughs as Anthony takes us from his gun-toting grandma’s home to Chicago’s white and black comedy clubs, then to Hollywood, and to the world of network television. The surprising twists along Anthony’s path highlight the power of God that goes before us and prepares the way - a truth that later encourages Anthony and Brigitte after Brittany’s death and moves them to reach out and comfort others going through similar difficulties.

With humor and deep insights into the human spirit, Behind the Laughter explores the bonds of not only parent and child but also husband and wife. While Anthony and Brigitte’s story is uniquely theirs, it elicits powerful, relatable emotions and lessons that are universal and inspiring.

©2019 Anthony Griffith, Brigitte Travis-Griffin, and Mark Caro (P)2019 Thomas Nelson

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  • SS
  • 23-10-2019

inspiring

it's a great listen, but even better story of faith's journey! a great present for anyone on your list.

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  • Joel
  • 07-07-2019

Excellent

With so many great audiobooks available, this one stands out. I laughed and I cried so hard, if anyone saw me they would think I was crazy. Be prepared for a life story so emotionally charged you will need to pause, but you won’t be able to put it down. Inspirational in ways most books like this fall short.

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  • Linda Simons
  • 07-05-2019

Inspiring and Uplifting

I have loved Anthony Griffith for years. I think you have to be very intelligent to be clean in humor and communication, so I have appreciated his talent and class. Learning about his background and life, along with that of his amazing wife, was very enjoyable, heartbreaking, and uplifting. I loved this book.

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  • anonymous
  • 24-01-2021

Thank you for sharing your story.

The was a great book. It really showed how God can use your pain for His glory. Again, thank you for sharing your story.

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