While not hilarious, aging can be funny – Burnsville resident’s book explores those moments

Author, comedian and motivational speaker Brenda Elsagher, of Burnsville, has a new book out on aging and humor. (Photo by John Gessner)

Author, comedian and motivational speaker Brenda Elsagher, of Burnsville, has a new book out on aging and humor. (Photo by John Gessner)

The working title of Brenda Elsagher’s new book, “Aging Hilariously,” wasn’t working.

The veteran author, motivational speaker and comedian solicited essays on the topic through women’s writing groups and social media.

“I got one ‘tee-hee’ and two adventure stories from older women — no hilarious stories, none,” the 59-year-old Burnsville resident said.

So she assembled a focus group of women in their 50s, 60s and 70s and had it video-recorded.

“I spent a lot of money for 10 minutes of conversation,” Elsagher said. “They pretty much said: ‘No, you cannot age hilariously. There is no such thing.’ ”

But moments of hilarity — those are possible, said Elsagher, who retooled her pitch and wound up with 80 essays, 20 written by her.

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