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, I have five illnesses--bipolar disorder, myasthenia gravis (neuromuscular autoimmune disease), endometriosis, asthma, and psoriasis. Most of the organs in my body are affected. I'm dedicated to being a stylist for sick women. As someone who has experienced changes in my appearance due to my 12 meds (including Prednisone), I know how hard it can be when your face and body change overnight. (In fact, because of treatment, between 2008 to 2010, I went from a size 0 to a size 10. While I lost the weight, there are permanent changes in my face and body, which I've grown to appreciate.) My blog will also help women deal with other issues like surviving chronic pain and fatigue. Healthy people can also use this blog as a window into what life with illness is like. Let this website be a place where we can draw strength from each other despite our illnesses and find solutions to our everyday challenges!

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