The phenomena connected with laughter and that which provokes it have been carefully investigated by psychologists. They agree the predominant characteristics are incongruity or contrast in the object and shock or emotional seizure on the part of the subject. Thomas Hobbes speaks of laughter as a “sudden glory.” Modern investigators have paid much attention to the origin both of laughter and of smiling, as well as the development of the “play instinct” and its emotional expression.
George Meredith said that “One excellent test of the civilization of a country … I take to be the flourishing of the Comic idea and Comedy, and the test of true Comedy is that it shall awaken thoughtful laughter.” Laughter is said to be the cure for being sick. Studies show that people who laugh more often get sick less.
In this program, we use (stand-up) comedy to serve as means of self-healing.