True Story of Hardship, Hope, and Love by Comedian & Actor Sal
True laughter produces genuine tears. For entertainer Sal
Richards, each tear is a lesson learned about facing life’s
adversity with grace and courage.
actor Sal Richards plans to keep working until his audiences
stop laughing. But how does he persist in making people laugh
year after year for 50 years? That’s easy. Sal Richards reaches
out and touches them in their most vulnerable places—their
hearts, souls, and minds.
Behind the Laughter, Hidden Tears is an honest
examination of how Sal Richards does it—how he relates so
effectively to his audiences. The explanation may sound simple,
but it is insightful and sincere: Sal Richards’ struggles are
our struggles. His pain has been felt by all of us. And his joy
is celebrated by us every time we laugh. The lessons he learned
during his intense hardships are lessons we all can benefit
from. One of his sons passed away at the age of 21; the other
struggles with bipolar disorder. He himself has overcome
setbacks from throat cancer and quadruple bypass surgery to the
closing of a Broadway show due to a freak snowstorm. But through
it all, Sal Richards has kept laughing, connecting, and
teaching. His book is an inspirational story of hard-won triumph
and optimism over episodes of tragedy.