Humoraholics Anonymous

23 Apr

 

You’re in the right place, friends.

This is the weekly meeting of Humoraholics Anonymous.

James Thurber, American writer

James Thurber, American writer (Photo credit: WikipediaI call this meeting of Humorholics Anonymous to order.

Welcome, all!

Well, I see many horrified new faces here tonight.

No fear. We have enough caffeine and sugar on the back table to blow your frazzled minds – and most likely feed a few additional addictions. Ha, Ha.

Sorry, I  joked in a compulsive way. I’m working on that.

Now, who wants to go first so you can get it over with first?

BarbBestHumor

Arrrgh!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moi* stands up:

“Hi, I’m Barb and I’m a humoraholic.”

I can’t get enough funny stuff to read. I crave humor 24-7. I subscribe to every humor blog I can get my clammy, trembling hands on. I paste New Yorker Magazine cartoons on my walls. I live for my next fix of funny.

I read everything that’s remotely amusing. I reread the classic humorists every chance I get… James Thurber, Robert Benchley, Dorothy Parker, Ogden Nash. I attend humor conferences like The Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop and AATH where my fellow enablers enable me to my heart’s delight!  When I’m feeling particularly desperate, I confess I troll YouTube for clever cat videos.

There’s so much comedy out there to consume. And so little time.

American writer Dorothy Parker (1893-1967)

American writer Dorothy Parker (1893-1967) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I forget to sleep. I neglect my family. I don’t eat nutritious meals, let alone cook them.

I admit there’s a monkey on my back – unfortunately he is laughing uncontrollably and has a banana stuck up his nose.

I am seeking guidance from a higher source. I plan to check into Le Rire** Rehab! A place of quiet free from comic distractions.

Where one can only create humor…
and not consume it in excess.

Join me. I’m Barb and I’m a humoraholic.

Your support is appreciated at a time like this. Please “LIKE ME” on Facebook :-)

Thank you!

 

Robert Benchley as most will remember him.

Robert Benchley as most will remember him. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

* Me, Me, Me in French.

**Laughter or jackass in French. I forget which.

 

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AATH is The Association for Applied & Therapeutic Humor -

THE home for humor and laughter professionals.

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AATH

 

 

 

 

 

 

Everyone loves to laugh,

but did you know that therapeutic humor is a valuable tool to help yourself and others?

I have seen what a laugh can do. It can transform almost unbearable tears into something bearable, even hopeful. — Bob Hope

Think of those who battle cancer and chronic illness, nurse patients with spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injury, comfort the dying, care for a parent with Alzheimer’s, cope with the death of a son in a car accident, deal with the legacy of alcoholic parents, struggle with the aftermath of rape, miscarriages, suicide.

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