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Knuckleball : a Sit-Down Comedian Stands Up to Muscular Dystrophy

Author: Connell Creations (Firm); Films for the Humanities & Sciences (Firm); Films Media Group.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2013], ©2007.
Edition/Format:   eVideo : Clipart/images/graphics : EnglishView all editions and formats
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At age 13, with facioscapulohumeral MD, or muscular dystrophy, invading his body, Brett Leake still dreamed of playing baseball. That particular goal didn't work out, but in the process the would-be pitcher absorbed the lesson of the knuckleball - a pitch that finds its own path. Discovering that humor could make people more comfortable with his physical appearance, Leake developed a stand-up act and turned it into  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Videorecording
Educational films
Internet videos
Additional Physical Format: Originally produced:
Connell Creations (Firm), 2007
Material Type: Clipart/images/graphics, Internet resource, Videorecording
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Connell Creations (Firm); Films for the Humanities & Sciences (Firm); Films Media Group.
OCLC Number: 842541521
Language Note: Closed-captioned.
Notes: Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on February 25, 2013.
Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Title from distributor's description.
Target Audience: 10 & up.
Description: 1 online resource (1 video file (64 min.)) : sound, color
Contents: Who Is Brett Leake? (4:02) --
Learning Experience (2:54) --
Family History (3:02) --
Father's Routine (6:05) --
Finding Out the Diagnosis (3:28) --
Brother's Diagnosis (4:31) --
MD in the Family (5:28) --
Knuckleball Lessons (3:11) --
The Tonight Show (4:40) --
Family Ties (2:20) --
Interests and Experiences (7:46) --
Respected Comedian (5:50) --
Gratitude (2:34) --
Audience Connection (3:23) --
Comedy Finale (3:39) --
Credits: Knuckleball: A Sit-Down Comedian Stands Up to Muscular Dystrophy (0:36).
Other Titles: Sit-Down Comedian Stands Up to Muscular Dystrophy
Responsibility: Connell Creations (Firm).

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At age 13, with facioscapulohumeral MD, or muscular dystrophy, invading his body, Brett Leake still dreamed of playing baseball. That particular goal didn't work out, but in the process the would-be pitcher absorbed the lesson of the knuckleball - a pitch that finds its own path. Discovering that humor could make people more comfortable with his physical appearance, Leake developed a stand-up act and turned it into a professional career. This film profiles the "sit-down" comedian (over the years the disease has claimed much of his leg strength) and his extraordinary aptitude for storytelling, homespun philosophy, and heartfelt optimism in the grip of a physical disability. Interviews with Leake and his mother, father, and brother describe a family history in which MD has reared its head numerous times, while the comic's childhood experiences, daily life, and appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and other venues are also discussed. Rounding out the documentary are segments that show Leake delighting a live audience with his routine.

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