Comedy Corner #1

I’ve often blogged about the importance of laughter in surviving chronic illness such as this post on the science of laughter (why it makes us feel good) and how to “vacationize” your hospital visit or inpatient stay.  Now, I’ve decided to do a Comedy Corner post once a week (on Sundays) featuring three funny jokes and videos.  One of the best things about the Internet is that it’s always churning out funny stuff.

1.  Baby Fitness Guru

This video has been all over cyberspace recently featuring a dad and his baby, Lilly Ann, working out.  Adorable!

2.  My Nephew, Mikko

I’ve often talked about my nephew Mikko, who is now six-years old.  He is extremely friendly and talkative.  At the age of two, we’d bring him to the playground and he would introduce himself to the other kids and little old ladies saying, “Hi, my name is Mikko…”  We call him a future talk-show host.  The other day we were all bundled up; when will this Polar Vortex winter leave us alone?  This was our conversation:

Me:  Mikko, you look like a winter ninja.  I can’t see your nose.

Mikko:  (in a pensive tone)  Why do we need our noses?

Me:  We need them to breathe and smell.

Mikko:  How does the starfish breathe?

Me:  [stumped]

Later that day I googled starfish and found out that they breathe through a thing called populae and tubed feet.  Mikko enjoyed hearing this.  Apparently, I should have paid better attention in school.

3.  Swedish Marines Nail Greased Lightning

So Grease (tied with Rocky) is my most favorite movie.  Ever.  All Travolta jokes aside (I know he butchered Idina Menzel’s name), this video is pretty funny.  When I was eight-years old, I performed the last scene of Grease for our family talent show one Christmas.  Since none of my cousins participated, I ended up doing it alone.  Basically I played Sandy AND Danny.  I wore two jackets–one second I threw one down as Sandy and the then the next second, I threw the other jacket as I played Danny.   I used to go around the house as a child performing Grease for fun.  To do Greased Lightning, I would clear the coffee table so I could jump on it and pretend it was the T-Birds’ car.  Man, I wish I knew the people in this video when I was kid.  I would have had someone to do Grease with me.  Anyway, this is pretty perfect.

That’s it for this week, folks.  What kinds of things make you laugh?  Has laughter ever helped you survive hard times?

–Your Stylist, Jessica Gimeno 


Hi there! I am a patient advocate, writer, and public speaker most well known for my TEDx Talk, “How to Get Stuff Done When You Are Depressed.” As someone who is juggling 5 illnesses: bipolar 2, myasthenia gravis, endometriosis, psoriasis, and asthma, I’m passionate about helping people who navigate life with both chronic physical & emotional pain. If you’re interested in hiring me to speak at your event, check out the CONTACT tab.

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