Once You Step In Elephant Manure You're in the Circus Forever - The Life and Sometimes of Durwood "Mr. Doubletalk" Fincher by Ed Grisamore

About the Book and DVD

He has been called “The Great Imposter,’’ a man who has been introduced to audiences across the country as Dr. Robert Payne, a bumbling bureaucrat from Washington, D.C.

But his real name is Durwood Fincher, and the late Allen Funt, of Candid Camera, once dubbed him “Mr. Doubletalk.’’ After he hits his audiences with a one-two punch of sense and nonsense, syllables and silliness, they realize why he is such a special entertainer.

He has been a mainstay on the corporate speaking circuit for more than 25 years, and there’s no other comic personality in America with his blend of humor, inspiration, philanthropy, spirituality and patriotism.

He has appeared on dozens of television shows, including NBC’s “The Today Show” and “Live With Regis and Kelly.’’ Posing as a sportscaster, he once doubletalked the entire roster of the Atlanta Braves. After delivering a flurry of frenetic phonetics in the direction of TV game show personality Vanna White, she begged him: “Can I buy a vowel?’’

His wild and wonderful collection of stories have been captured and tamed by award-winning newspaper columnist Ed Grisamore in Once You Step in Elephant Manure, You’re in the Circus Forever: The Life and Sometimes of Durwood “Mr. Doubletalk” Fincher.

Included with the book is an original 35-minute DVD with hilarious highlights of Fincher's colorful career in doubletalk and a touching photographic tribute to Payne City featuring Pieces of Our Past, by Allen Levi.

Fincher grew up in the Macon (Ga.) cotton mill village of Payne City beneath the apron strings of the most influential person in his life – his mother, Ella Mae Fincher. The hilarious and inspiring story chronicles Fincher’s life as a high school teacher and as the inventor of Toe Floss, a gag gift invented for people who stick their foot in their mouth.

Grisamore takes the reader on an emotional roller coaster as he writes about the personal struggles and magical moments of a man who is now a member of the prestigious Washington Speakers Bureau. We are introduced to the lives Durwood Fincher has touched and the lives who have touched him.

It’s a story that needed to be told. Now it has been.




Testimonials

"I love people who can do humor in a clean, fun way. That's why I'm friends with people like Durwood and Jeff Foxworthy. I admire them both."

- John Smoltz, Atlanta Braves pitcher

"Here's a guy, Durwood Fincher, who has double-talked through his whole life and had a wonderful time doing it. I loved when he did the same on my show."

- Regis Philbin, host of Live With Regis and Kelly

"You start so that I know you're saying something real, and then it's . . . (gibberish). It's very much like what happens in my brain."

- Al Roker, NBC's The Today Show

"A lively account of a man who is an imposter, a philosopher, an entertainer and a joy to all those whom his life touches. Listen to the Fincher gospel; it's a thought-provoking laugh riot which is too tickled to be tamed."

- Robert L. Steed (Author of Money, Power and Sex, A Self-help Guide for all Ages and Ship Without an Udder

"Ed Grisamore is an astute and engaging observer of the human race. Durwood Fincher is one of its most colorful members. Their collaboration on this book is a gift to all of us. It is, for these difficult days, a much-needed story of inspiring good nature, kind-hearted laughter, and pure gladness."

- Allen Levi, singer/songwriter

 

Inside the Book

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Sample from the Book

Title: Once You Step in Elephant Manure, You're in the Circus Forever: The Life and Sometimes of Durwood "Mr. Doubletalk" Fincher

Author: Ed Grisamore

ISBN: 978-1-934144-44-2

Price: $24.95

Publication Date: December 15, 2008

Genre: Biography

Audience: Readers of biographies; Fans of Durwood "Mr. Doubletalk Fincher"; People interested in laughter.

Page Count: 235

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Once You Step In Elephant Manure You're in the Circus Forever - The Life and Sometimes of Durwood "Mr. Doubletalk" Fincher by Ed Grisamore

Once You Step in Elephant Manure You're in the Circus Forever: The Life and Sometimes of Durwood "Mr. Doubletalk" Fincher
by Ed Grisamore
Indigo Publishing, Publisher 2008


Included with the book is a 35-minute DVD with highlights of Fincher’s hilarious career in doubletalk.

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About Durwood Fincher

Durwood FincherDurwood Fincher has been a mainstay on the corporate speaking circuit for over twenty-five years. His formula is simple - he makes people laugh! A consummate entertainer, he has regaled most of the Fortune 500 and is frequently featured on such network staples as The Today Show and Live with Regis and Kelly. Fincher’s hilarious take on corporate culture is personalized for each of his clients, their business, and even their attendees who become the true stars in the hysterical video finale. The result is a clean and unique production that works every time.

About Ed Grisamore

Ed GrisamoreEd Grisamore is a columnist for The Macon (Ga.) Telegraph and a graduate of the University of Georgia. He is the author of five other books: True Gris, Once Upon a Whoopee, More Gris, Smack Dab in Dog Crossing and It Can Be Done: The Billy Henderson Story. His audiobook, Gris & That was nominated for a Grammy in 2006 in the “Spoken Word” category. He lives in Macon with his wife, Delinda, and sons Ed, Grant and Jake. To learn more about Ed, visit his website.

 

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