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Features & Reviews

IN THE PRESS

“Amid a resurgence in global antisemitism and furious identity politics, the nightly scenes of angry mobs and all the grim commentary, we needed a comedic break. Deadpan provides a humorous but serious story of an antisemite turned Jewish comedian, reminding us that the most potent—and underused—weapon against bigotry and hate is farce and laughter.”

David Bernstein,

author of Woke Antisemitism

MEDIA & REVIEWS

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April 2, 2024​

The Deb Method: GoalChatLive

Deb Eckerling discusses Honoring Your Voice with Stacia Crawford, Stay Ready Media; actor, voice over artist, and educator David H Lawrence XVII, Narrate Your Own Book; and screenwriter/author/professor Richard Walter, Deadpan. The trio, who work in various aspects of storytelling (PR, voiceover, and writing), talked about the power of words, owning your voice, and more.

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MARCH 14, 2024​

Binghamton Alumni Podcast

This podcast series highlights Binghamton University alumni who are successful in their respective career fields. In this episode, Richard Walter discusses his lengthy and impressive career as a screenwriter, author of fiction and nonfiction books, and faculty member at UCLA's film school for four decades.

MARCH 29, 2024​

 Famed screenwriting UCLA professor applies his amazing story skill to a novel

5/5 stars"Richard Walter takes the reader into the wild world of the early 70's with this cosmic, comic tale of a time and space traveller he is part car salesman, part world-class comedian. While highly entertaining in its own right, DEADPAN is a must for aspiring writers to see how a master structures a scene with entry and exit points, sharp turns and character insights. Walter's humanity and observations from a learned mind shine through. He lived the time - has known many famous people - so his insights are valuable reading. Buy!"

  

– William Phelps

MARCH 27, 2024​

 Sharp and Inventive 

5/5 stars"Hang onto your yarmulke and hop on for this zany, madcap ride through time and space, courtesy of Richard Walter and his deadpan protagonist, who happens to sell Buicks, when he's not a renowned Jewish comedian, hanging out with the Shah of Iran, sermonizing on the Holocaust, or vandalizing a synagogue. The action is fast, even as the excellent writing is something you may want to linger over."

  

– Nyla

MARCH 25, 2024​

 A head-spinning, page-turning, comedic ride through recent American History 

5/5 stars"With the most engrossing opening I've read in years, DEADPAN blasts you into an alternate universe where an antisemitic used car salesman from West Virginia somehow slips into a star Jewish comedian's luxurious life. His bit? That he's a used car salesman from West Virginia - and the audience can't get enough. The book departs down a dazzling series of twists and turns, featuring equal parts oddball humor, multidimensional time travel, and prescient insight into the modern quandaries of the American Jew."

  

– DW

MARCH 25, 2024​

A Wild Ride! 

5/5 stars"A nimble blend of wit and imagination, “Deadpan” braids two narratives into a single thread that delves into issues of identity, culture, and bigotry. A quick read with a satirical edge, it’s a banquet of unexpected twists and comic energy. Sharply written!"

  

– Jim Strain

MARCH 21, 2024​

Humor, sharp wit, and big insights! 

5/5 stars"'Deadpan' is a riveting journey through the corridors of imagination, leaving you breathless and contemplative. Richard Walter expertly crafts a narrative that seamlessly blends humor, sharp wit, and big insights into a fascinating story. Very highly recommended."

  

– J. Leisawitz

MARCH 17, 2024

Strap in. Hold on. 

5/5 stars"Deadpan is like a rollercoaster for your mind. It may take a few days to recover your own sense of time and place, but it’s worth it."

  

– Brian Narelle

 MARCH 11, 2024

Time and place shifting wild ride 

5/5 stars"Richard Walter's lectures used to wander all over the field of movies and movie history, but always came together with something pithy at the end. His latest novel moves through time and geography, picking up and dropping characters and themes. It takes awhile to grasp what is happening, but once you do, you're ready to go along with his wild, funny, and deep ride with a character who takes on another personality yet maintains his sense of self. I enjoyed every page. And it all came together at the end!"

  

– Paul Chitlik

 MARCH 9, 2024

An original and funny voice from the space-time ether 

5/5 stars"Never a dull moment during this exhilarating ride through the space-time continuum. A multi-verse where Borscht Belt comedians share the stage with Sarah Palin. Joining this eclectic crew is the quietly intolerant Everyman, comedian Richie Ritchie, who can't figure out what his audiences think is so funny about him and his West Virginia hometown. A quick read, with many laughs, and unsettling truths bared."

  

– Ron Sandgrund

 FEB. 27, 2024

Deadpan took me on a wild ride!

5/5 stars"Deadpan is definitely a page-turner, and one of the more imaginative novels I've read in years. It took me a while to understand what was going on, but once I realized I was being delivered to random realities in alternate universes via a faulty time-and-space machine, I very much enjoyed being on the ride. Fortunately, it's only fiction...isn't it?"

  

– tom friedman

 FEB. 25, 2024

A wild, beautifully written, groundbreaking novel! 

5/5 stars"The central character comes into possession of a positron-emission muon ionic holographic tele-transporter. It is not something Apple has yet to put on their shelves. But get in line now! It’s one cool tech gadget that everyone is gonna want. Just to own one is to be in possession of an array of astounding possibilities. Or to say it another way, this excellent, beautifully written novel challenges our assumptions about time and space, identity, intolerance and reality itself. A wild, out of the box, groundbreaking ride. Can’t recommend it highly enough."

  

– Gary

 FEB. 23, 2024

A great read -- not just funny, but smart! 

5/5 stars"Richard Nothing beats humor and sharp writing to make a point about what’s wrong and what’s right with the world. Richard Walter is a master at slipping in the message while keeping you engaged with a great story. I enjoyed every page, every twist and turn, and came away from this book (or I should say I had to tear myself away, because it’s gripping) with new and poignant insight!"

  

– Ellen Azorin, melonmusic

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