Steve Bhaerman is an internationally known author, humorist, and workshop leader. For more than 30 years, he has written and performed as Swami Beyondananda, the “Cosmic Comic.” Swami’s comedy has been described both as “comedy disguised as wisdom” and “wisdom disguised as comedy.” Noted author Marianne Williamson has called him “The Mark Twain of our generation.”
An educator and political scientist by training (and no, he never did get to dissect a politician in poly sci lab), Steve spent a year teaching in inner city Washington, D.C. and then co-founded an alternative high school, the New Educational Project. He and co-founder Joel Denker wrote a book about their experiences, No Particular Place to Go: Making of a Free High School (Simon & Schuster, 1972). He then went on to teach labor history and ethnic studies at Wayne State University, and creative writing at University of Michigan. In 1980, he founded one of the first holistic monthly magazines, Pathways, in Ann Arbor. Pathways saw the “birth” of the cosmic comic character, Swami Beyondananda, and Steve and his wife Trudy embarked on a full-time venture with his traveling Swami show in late 1986.
On the more serious side, Steve has co-authored with cellular biologist Bruce H. Lipton, PhD Spontaneous Evolution: Our Positive Future and a Way to Get There From Here (Hay House, 2009). He has been active in the transpartisan movement, and co-authored (with conservative transpartisan activist Joseph McCormick) an e-book, Reuniting America. He also hosts a weekly radio show Wiki Politiki to “bring left and right front and center to face the music and dance together.” Swami can be found online at www.wakeuplaughing.com and Steve at www.wikipolitiki.com