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Comedian & Keynote Speaker
Lou Eisen was a principal performer in the Imagine Entertainment, Miramax Film, Academy Award nominated boxing biopic Cinderella Man, starring Oscar winners Russell Crowe and Renee Zelwegger. Directed by Ron Howard, Lou played famed boxing trainer Ray Arcel to Russell Crowe's James J. Braddock.
Most recently, Lou appeared on The Jane Show on Global. Lou's movie and television roles have garnered him praise from audiences and peers throughout the entertainment industry. Lou began his career at Toronto's famed Second City. He has made frequent television and radio appearances on such shows as CBC TV's Marketplace, Madly Off In All Directions (CBC Radio), Definitely Not The Opera (CBC) Open Mike with Mike Bullard (Comedy Network), Test of Faith (Vision) and Not Just The News (CBC) as well as Comedy At Club 54 (Global).
Lou taped a stand-up comedy concert for the show Comedy Now (Comedy Network) entitled Rhapsody In Lou, as well as a series of Heritage Moments with Patrick Watson for Historica. Eisen also starred on the hit CBC series COMICS!, and appeared in the award-winning independent movie My Own Private Oshawa. Most Recently, Lou performed at Massey Hall on New Year's Eve 2006.
Lou was a regular on-air at Toronto radio station Jazz FM. Lou has also achieved considerable success as a writer, being nominated for a Gemini Award for the CBC show Thick & Thin. Lou wrote for Dave Foley and Dan Aykroyd for the Phil Hartman Gala Tributes. As a frequent guest on CBC'S Newsworld, Lou offers his satirical views on political and topical issues of interest.
Recently Lou worked as an executive story editor and co-producer on The Great Canadian Laugh-Off, which aired on the Comedy Network. Lou was a staff writer on Police Academy: The Series and a contributing writer on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and The NHL Awards on ESPN.
Lou is an accomplished animation writer having wrote on the Fox Network/Major League Baseball animated series Bangs & The Tank, YTV's Monster By Mistake and the groundbreaking Nelvana cartoon Quads.
Lou wrote for Howie Mandel for the Comedy Network special, Yuk Yuk's The 25th Anniversary. Currently Lou is performing his one-man show entitled, The Angina Monologues. It chronicles how Lou used humor to help expedite his recovery from a heart attack.
Keynote Speaker - "The Angina Monologues Synopsis"
THE ANGINA MONOLOGUES is a funny, heartwarming and inspirational 30-45 minute corporate presentation showcasing the positive therapeutic healing power of humor. Laughter is the best medicine. Mind you, morphine through a slow drip is pretty good too. (It should be noted that the running time of the show can be abbreviated depending on each clients specific needs.)
The Angina Monologues is written and performed by popular Canadian comedian/actor (Cinderella Man) Lou Eisen. On February 23rd, 2005, just months after he finished shooting Cinderella Man, Lou suffered a massive heart attack. The Angina Monologues shows how Lou used humor therapy to help expedite his recovery from a near fatal heart attack. (Author's note: If it were fatal, you wouldn't be reading this right now.)
Specifically designed for the corporate environment, The Angina Monologues will show you the health aspects of humor and how they can be utilized to motivate employees who have suffered a major physical or mental trauma. The show is also a great way for employees to relax and enjoy themselves. Easy and effective methods of stress management through humor are highlighted. Humor enables employees to create a harmonious work environment, which, in turn, will increase productivity.
Lou's touching personal experiences will inspire, amuse and empower anyone who has suffered heart trauma or know someone who has suffered heart trauma.
The Angina Monologues demonstrates how humor can improve your health, sharpen your mental focus, and motivate you to live a healthy, happy and productive life. At the very least, you'll leave with a smile on your face, which, doesn't always happen at the end of the workday.