Posts Tagged ‘humor’

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Many view humor, comedy and mindfulness as just fun, little, cute things that can be had at leisure, but has no real bearing on one’s life. Because life is to be serious and though a court jester is funny and makes one laugh, he cannot be taken seriously. He has no effect on the world of life or business. This could not be further from the truth. Ironically, comedians and those with a keen sense of humor have higher IQs and EQs. Also, they succeed in many areas of live.

Studies show, along with my own, have shown that mindfulness (truly being in the now basically) and humor have almost exact matching health and life benefits. Below you will find a few Health Benefits of Humor & Mindfulness. Consider this a starter kit of sorts. And please know I do not want to insult all of you who have come to this conclusion years ago. Enjoy and thanks.

1. Lowers Anxiety 2. Lowers Heart Rate & Blood Pressure 3. Increases Immune Functioning 4. Aids in fighting diseases such as cancer & heart Disease 5. Higher Brain Functioning 6. Improves Mood & One’s Zest for Life 7. Live Longer

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I have had a few mentors and inspirational people in my life. One of them was my dad, who was a photojournalist and film professor at ASU.  And the other was a 265 pound, bearded , gay man from LA named Louis Anthony Russo. Louis was my first and only Improv Comedy instructor. He was amazing and had a knack for pulling true talent out of an know it all, wanna be stand-up comedian like myself. He saw the rawness in me as did my father when he wasn’t throwing his light meter throw a window. (Irish temper).

These two men taught me a lot in many ways which most was forgotten until I began to teach people their lessons and wisdom. Funny how that happens,

One thing that they both encouraged me to do was to know what was happened in   history, biology, all the other sciences, planets. the universe, cooking and the list goes on. And if all that failed to penetrate  my brain, they said just to skim what was happening in the world. Meaning know  what is trending and stay tuned to POP CULTURE. It will be the fodder of many punchlines if the time is right.

And so true. As a comedic entertainer , instructor and offbeat cartoonist, I have used pop culture to may advantage to connect to my audience as well as twist the set-up and cliches. They are so valuable and when done right genius.

And that is the key. Using the cliche and or pop culture tidbit serves as the set-up or as I have said in the past , ‘to get them on the bus’ then hit the accelerator.

So please know whatz up…it will save you in times of funny struggle and it will show how hip you are.

 

 

 

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I come from a very humorous Irish, Catholic family. Though very mentally unstable, we used humor to cope with may of our dysfunctional ways. I also took my sense of humor to school with me and found it to be very useful though many of my teachers, principals and hall monitors did not find too amusing. That did not stop me from holding full comedy show in the library in second grade or doing impressions of any and all subs that entered our class.

I found being funny was a true crowd pleaser and allowed me to make friends easily while enabling me to other benefits like not being beat up, getting away with things, being invited to the cool kids table and even asked to lead our school in the fight song every Friday evening during football season.

It was not until I spent the last 26 years honing my humor did I find that being funny, laughing and using one’s humor at the opportune time had many real life benefits.There are so many benefits to list, but i have written a starter kit to get us started.

Below you will find just a few benefits that humor has for our health, business and relationships.

Health: Laughter decreases stress & increases immune cells & infection-fighting antibodies which triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. 

Business: Using  humor correctly in business can build credibility & likability, makes people listen, boosts brainpower & will increase profits. 

Relationships:  Humor will build stronger bonds with people, build confidence, diffuse tension, put things into perspective & make you more creative.

I will continue my findings about humor in my next blog. And until then, keep smilin…it does a body good.

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I was asked to illustrate this cartoon for a guy who worked for a company I was told not to mention. However, it is a company that makes sugary soda and it is not Pepsi or RC Cola. Either way this guy was about to quit his job and wanted to somehow kill his boss as well. I told him that he should at least warn his boss so he could get his affairs in order. So is drew this cartoon as more of a storyboard. Well, tums out the boss went down to the Caribbean for a week and was stabbed in a cab by a guy from New Jersey. So ironic. The boss was treated at a nearby hospital and came back with some sort of infection that ate away at his retinas. And in four months he became legally blind. So this guy who hired me had to read his death threat out loud. The boss made him read it in an English accent which made all the other workers gather around. They then asked if he could read it in different accents. This went on for a few hours until 5pm. All the employees left for the day and my client tore the cartoon up cursing my name..Sean Hoy Damn you and your distorted humor. And damn that cat, Cliff you live with.

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This cartoon was inspired by the story of a dingo eating a baby in Australia a couple decades ago. Come to find out the parents had covered the baby in ranch dressing and sent him in the the Outback to collect wood for the fire. I think the baby was rather young, but  in Australia people mature much faster than in the US. Well, we all know that ranch dressing taste great with anything. And studies found that dingos are no different. If something is covered with ranch, they will eat it. I do not believe most studies, but for some reason I believed this one. 

It is crazy how many studies the government does. They do all sorts of studies like the effects of smoking on the body and obesity in children. My favorite  study was about why certain people cannot snap their fingers or shuffle cards. I never knew that over 45 million Americans are effected by this. And yes there are people who can do both at the same time. It turns out that there is a certain gene that effects this human process. Scientists and the government have poured thousands of hours and money into this defect. In Norway, they are testing fetuses in the womb to check for this mutant gene or there the lack of. It is illegal to terminate a pregnancy in Norway, but they do have a small island off the coast where these mutant kids are raised and taught to make hammocks and ceramic toothbrush holders.

Those against fetal testing suggest they test babies straight out of the womb. They do this by placing a deck of cards in the babies hands and playing jazz  music rather loud. They know right away if the baby is unresponsive to snapping to the music or shuffling the cards. It is then the doctors with place a small microchip under the babies collarbone to track his whereabouts  and they tattoo, “No Good” on the baby’s left forearm.

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Funny when I was 8 years old I remember when we buried my Aunt Louise she kept yelling, “My gosh, this dirt does taste like chicken.” I didn’t understand what that meant then or why we buried her before she actually died. However, many years later I discovered that many meats, fish, snake-meat and even tofu can taste like chicken at times. I also found out that Aunt Louise was a real bitch and should have been buried at birth, but my dad says they didn’t allow it at that time. Damn you Roe vs. Wade.

Strangely enough, that was the only semi-funeral I ever attended until I got a job on a crab fishing boat in Alaska for a Summer when I was 19. Guys on those boats die a lot. It is crazy. It is not only dangerous, but the median IQ for workers is 83 so there leaves more room for error.

I never have had my IQ measured, but I am told I have a high EQ which I have come to find out it is what they tell dumb people. I don’t feel dumb. Though I do a lot of dumb things like lock my car keys in the car quite a bit; say inappropriate things at the wrong time and once I told a friend I would feed his cats while he was out of town for two weeks which I totally spaced. Luckily, two of the cats were small so the big cat ate well.

That guy did forgive me which was cool of him. I felt bad for awhile. How could I be so forgetful or irresponsible? Well, come to find out my neurons were not firing correctly and I was eating too much gluten. I am fine now and watch my gluten intake and take any pills the doctor gives me. Some of these pills make me bloat, have diarrhea and want to kill my landlord which I have only done once.

 

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This cartoon is a scene from the new Noah movie starring Russell Crowe. Well, it may not be in the movie. But the fact that Noah could get a bear on that big boat or even a lion is amazing. I don’t know much about Noah or the Bible because i was raised Catholic. Yes, ironically Recovering Catholics like myself don’t know much about the Bible, religion as a whole or how planes can actually fly or how Honey Boo Boo got her own show. We do know alcohol, guilt, forgiveness and where to get the best low cost therapy in town.

However, today’s blog is not about Catholics or religion or even Noah. It is about bears pooping in the woods. Or is it about the Pope pooping in the woods. I always screw that metaphor up. If it is even a metaphor. Either way, I think a bear should be able to poop where he wants. I had an uncle in Michigan named Wild Bill, who had a pet bear. It was so cool. This bear would go everywhere with him. They were inseparable until the the bear bit my uncles hand off when he was feeding him Fig Newtons. I know crazy huh? Who would think a bear would like Fig Newtons, but this bear did. Figs do have tons of fiber too. I am a Snickers person, however. Not that I think Fig Newtons are candy bars. They are in the cookie family.