Vaudeville and Valium

Greetings and salutations- Many have approached me in recent months to ask how does one balance the lives of both therapist and comedienne. The answer is simple – you don’t. The basic premise of maintaining both of these roles is to embrace your crazy non convential self. The research is out there an can be found in academic journals over the past century. Comedy is one of the greates tools that can be utilized to manifest a significant connection in the therapeutic alliance (alliance- a person not wanting to kill their therapist at the end of session.)

So now you might be thinking what’s the connection? Or more specifically, should the writer of this entry be on meds? Come with me on this magic carpet ride. If we reflect back on child hood can a person remember a significant time when we laughed unapologetically and hard over some occurance in our daily life? Personally, I can remember a time when I went ice skating. After channeling my internal Dorothy Hamill (google her- hair on fleek), I became slightly cocky and ended up falling so uncoordinated, I made Michael Strahan look like a ballerina (think about). I can remember the inabilty to breathe, due to laughter and when the rink guards thought I was unconscious, they noticed my body shaking due to uncontrollable laughter. Any care I had prior to that fall, dissipated like melting snow.

Fast Forward to adulthood. We are plagued by bills, mortgages, child rearing, etc. My question is this: where during the plight of adulthood were we told we could not laugh? Where is the empirical data stating that if you laugh it is going to inadvertently affect your credit score? Now I can understand the effects of poorly timed humor, which could be destructive. In a world, terrified of connection, showing our human condition can become intimidating, but what are we truly running from. Death? You have to give me a better excuse than that one. The precious ego? Wars and destruction have been often precipitated by ego. It will always find a way to survive.

When we laugh, we nurture the inner child. Plain and simple. This nurturance has been known to increase our joy and happiness. Regardless of what we are going through we need to laugh. Moreover, we deserve to laugh. The bottom line there can be no vaudevill without valium, because humor is the only medication worth investing in the current age of anxiety, in which we are all living. Get out there and play today. Find one thing that might have started as a negative and see if we can see the humor in it. Ice skating could have killed me, but I lived to see another day, and was able to envision a completely spastic picture of myself face planting in front of numerous strangers.

Have a hilarious day!

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