Laughter is the BEST Medicine! Craig Shoemaker, headlining comedian, has learned this first-hand. Now it's time for he, and you, to share it with the world!
Laughter Heals has been tirelessly working behind-the-scenes to create the first epic documentary on the true healing powers of laugher and how it literally can help heal not just your soul, but also your body. Take a look below for more on the upcoming documentary, Live 2 Laugh!
Live 2 Laugh is the upcoming documentary produced by Laughter Heals in association with Really Big Shoe Media. Produced by Academy Award nominated producer Robert Whitmore, along with award-winning standup comedian Craig Shoemaker, our audience will experience a journey to the Land of “HAA"s. This film is about the healing power of laughter, and how it affects us physically, emotionally and metaphysically. The laughs meet adversity head on.
Ask 100 random people about the now scientifically proven beneficial effect laughter has on pain, the circulatory system, or our mental state, and most likely they will stare at you in disbelief. Pose the same question to someone in the medical profession about how often they incorporate laughter into their practice and the majority will wonder what you’re talking about.
It’s been long said (and proven) that laughter is the best medicine, so why are doctors more apt to prescribe a pill with risky side effects? As long ago as the 14th century, laughter was used to manage pain. Countless studies by scientists and physicians have concluded that laughter oxygenates the blood, relieves stress and releases healing endorphins into our bodies. So how is it that we do not explore its uses further in modern medicine? We strive to find out.
The movie Live 2 Laugh will take us on a quest through the medical, psychological, scientific, comedic and spiritual communities to answer the question - why isn’t laughter used globally as a healing modality?
Our film sets out to raise awareness of the healing power of laughter for our audience, medical professionals, and the wellness industry at large. Seeing is believing as we follow seven patients with various illnesses as they go through ‘laughter programs,’ while a certified team of doctors monitor and report the results. Not only will our film inspire and educate, it will also be peppered with countless comedy scenes and funny situations to make you roar with laughter too!
Craig Shoemaker, as a result of his travels, life experiences, and 30+ years at the top of the standup comedy world, is the perfect tour guide for Laughter Heals. Craig will bring the viewers on an expedition that explores how laughter transforms our mind, body and spirit. We will share the stories, examine the evidence and uncover the healing powers of the hearty chuckle together. Does laughter really work? Can doctors prescribe it as they would a synthetic drug? Does it really add years to our lives? Can it work for anyone?
Craig will visit and interview top medical and scientific professionals such as Dr. Drew Pinsky, “Patch” Adams M.D., Dr. Lee Berk, Dr. Tracy Gaudet and Dr. Steve Eisenberg, all of whom are using different techniques to uncover the healing potential of laughter. Let’s go on the inside and see how this works! Talk to patients of all kinds and they will tell you it is not necessarily the “knowledge” a doctor or nurse possesses that keeps them trudging through the painful recovery process. What is most important to the patient is the compassionate comfort the caregiver provides. The pursuit of joy and happiness gives all of us a reason to LIVE!
There is a mental and spiritual aspect to humor therapy and we will interview numerous luminaries such as Dr. Joe Dispenza, and Rev. Ian Gregory, who decided to put religion aside and start the Church of Laughter. Interviews with Chicken Soup for the Soul author Mark Victor Hansen and the star of The Secret, Dr. Michael Beckwith, will continue to reinforce those spiritual/metaphysical beliefs
Craig Shoemaker will interact with his celebrity colleagues, friends and some of the all-time greats of comedy. They will address the importance of humor as a path to well being. Ever notice how long many standup comics live? Just being around laughter leads to a longer, happier life. George Burns, Bob Hope, Phyllis Diller and Milton Berle are all comedy legends, who lived into their nineties and beyond. Mel Brooks and Bob Newhart are still going strong, and we think we know why!
The film will uncover some previously unknown reasons for shifting losers into winners by interviewing experts in the world of sports psychology. Hall of Fame NBA coach Phil Jackson lets us in on how a lone pre-arranged night in a comedy club launched one of the greatest comeback winning streaks in Lakers history, leading to the NBA crown. Want to know what really reversed the Curse of the Bambino, resulting in the 2004 Red Sox World Series Championship? Red Sox center-fielder Johnny Damon tells the story of the root of the historic comeback, all prompted by the team using enjoyment and fun as a key to their success.
The core inspiration for the Live 2 Laugh team is screenwriter Michael Goldberg. Known for writing iconic comedy movies such as Cool Runnings and Little Giants, Goldberg is certainly aware of how important it is to find the funny. In 1999, Goldberg was diagnosed as terminally ill with debilitating brain cancer and was given three months to live. Goldberg, with the help of his friends, family, and a team of caregivers, added the most important element to his healing regimen - laughter. He lived 15 YEARS past his prognosis! This film is dedicated to Goldberg. His inspiring story is at the root of this project
The executive Live 2 Laugh production team is made up of Oscar and EMMY Award winners, as well as authors who have sold more than 500 million books worldwide. The depth and value of their network of contacts puts no limits as to what is possible for this film and its reach. Join us today and help start the laughter movement!
It's easy! First, bring some more laughter into your life! Next, help us out by doing as much of the following as possible: