What’s So Funny Now…?

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Charlie Chaplin once said, “A day without laughter is a day wasted.” So don’t waste another day. Get laughing!

Doctors say that laughter can wash away all those nasty stress hormones that build up at work every day. And then, while you laugh, you’ll also be increasing the helpful immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies that circulate through your bloodstream and make you better at fighting off lots of diseases.

If that’s not enough excuse to go find something funny to laugh yourself silly over right now, how about the fact that Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, your body’s own, homemade, natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins give you a sense of well-being. They can even temporarily relieve pain.

So next time you stub your toe or hammer the wrong “nail” remember, “Laughter is the best medicine.”

In our day of instant everything… instant lemonade, instant-on TVs and instant breakfast at a drive-thru diner, how about instant vacation? That’s the easiest one. It’s laughter.

This week your Jamestown Gazette refreshes and extends just such a vacation-invitation. It was sent out years and years ago, over and over again. Lucy sent it, and everybody loves Lucy.

Jamestown’s new National Comedy Center, opening downtown this week, is all about that. Read all about it on page 1. And best of all, the people you’ll take on vacation with you from there include just about every comedian that has ever taken to the airwaves on radio and television and to the stage in night clubs and casinos all across America since the early days of the 20th century.

The National Comedy Center is very entertaining, and it is more than entertainment.

Mix up a batch of belly laughs with a few giggles and add a couple of snide snickers and you’ve got something pretty funny.

Then go to the National Comedy Center and added some nostalgia. I did. For me it sounded like… “I remember the night Johnny Carson said that. I was watching him on that old 15”, black-n-white TV…” then all the good memories that came along with that particular evening came back to me too.

Sometimes humor can help you relive a special day or an almost forgotten moment. A good belly laugh can come from the heart.

Regardless of your taste in humor, whether silly or superficial, biting or blue, satirical, slapstick or stupid, you will find it waiting for you just the way you like it at the National Comedy Center.

And if you need an antidote for all today’s talk of tariffs and imports and exports and trade wars, maybe Walt Disney’s analysis will inspire you to see the brighter side with at least a timely little chuckle.

Disney once said, “Laughter is America’s most important export.” Just don’t forget to enjoy some of it right here at home, too.

Enjoy the read.

— Walt Pickut

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Walt Pickut
Walt Pickut’s writing career began with publishing medical research in1971 while working at the Jersey City Medical Center and the NYU Hospital and School of Medicine. Walt holds board registries in respiratory care and sleep technology as well as bachelor's degrees in biology and communication, and a master's degrees in physiology from Fairleigh-Dickinson University in New Jersey, with additional graduate work in mass communication completed at SUNY Amherst. He currently teaches Presentational Speaking in the Houghton College PACE program at JCC and holds memberships in the Society of Professional Journalists and the American Society of Business Publication Editors. He lives in Jamestown with his wife Nancy, an MSW social worker, and has three children: Dr. Cait Lamberton in Pittsburgh, Bill Pickut, a marketing executive in Chicago, and Rev. Matt Pickut in Plymouth, IN.