Laughter is the best medicine

Michelle Hodgson - Festival Director
Why laughter is the best medicine

Pic: Monkey Poet (credit: www.bloomingphotography.co.uk)

 

In these days of cut backs, redundancies and triple dip recessions, it's nice to have something to smile about. 

 

Why comedy is good for the health

Comedy is a good way to forget about your troubles and let off steam. We all know the saying "laughter is the best medicine" and studies have even shown that laughing can be beneficial to your health.
 
 

The benefits of laughter

A study at the University of Maryland released in 2005 indicated that laughter was linked to improved function of blood vessels, which could mean that it helps prevent heart attacks.
 
And a study by researchers at the University of Oxford, published in 2011, found that laughter can increase your pain threshold. The belief is that a good belly laugh releases chemicals in the body that act as a natural painkiller.
 

Monkey Poet

With this in mind, you'd be acting against your own best interest if you didn't treat yourself to a ticket for our comedy stand up night with Monkey Poet.
 
His first show, Stand-Up Monkey Poet garnered five awards from three North American Fringes. Monkey Poet's Murder Mystery sees him perform as TS Eliot, Homer, Oscar Wilde, Shakespeare, Dorothy Parker, Gil Scott Heron and himself. After a break he performs Potty Mouth, a stand up poetry show that tackles democracy, religion, homophobia, pornography, the blogosphere, drugs and ATOS Assessments.
 
Monkey Poet's name comes from a routine he previously did on evolution. This was mostly well received - apart from one infamous incident in San Francisco when an irate audience member (not a fan of evolution) threw an oil can of empty bottles at him, indicating, I guess, that being funny can be good for an audience but potentially bad for a comedian's health. 
 

The Monkey Poet on YouTube

If you want to check out Monkey Poet's work, you'll find clips on YouTube.
 
Or take a look at the information and reviews on his website.

 

Monkey Poet's Murder Mystery, Thursday 7 March, 7.30pm, Cafe Ollo, Media Centre, £3 (£2 conc).

Tickets now on sale, see home page for details.