Karen was inspired to create the Laughter Rx newsletter while caring for a friend diagnosed with breast cancer. Karen realized she could alleviate her friend’s pain with humor. As she puts it, “you can be seriously ill, but not terminally serious.” Using her talents as a standup comedian and joke writer, Karen began the Laughter Rx newsletter in print form for an audience of caregivers, cancer patients, and their families.
Karen re-Launched the newsletter for an online audience on April 1, 2012 to coincide with National Humor Month.
This Emotional Life, PBS
A Positive Attitude has been shown to boost cancer survival rates. It is the one trait that all studies into humor and healing have shown. - Psychoneuroimmunology and Humor, Paul McGhee PHD
Anticipation of Laughter can have the same healing power as actually experiencing a laugh.- A Good Laugh is Good For You, However...anticipating the laugh is even better, Maggie Fox Reuters
" [Humor] is sort of social lubricant and a relief of tension and a way of coping,’ Richard Penson, M.D., assistant professor at Harvard Medical School and clinical director of Medical Gynecologic Oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital, told The Huffington Post. ‘It's not just the funny people who use humor in oncology. Better practitioners often use humor as a very sophisticated support. "
- 50/50 And Cancer: Can Humor Help Us Heal?, Laura Schocker HuffingtonPost
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Karen is originally from Denver CO by way of Los Angeles, Florence, OR and points in between. She is a former housewife with hobbies. She used her sense of humor to take the edge off a difficult childhood. After a miscarriage she learned to write and perform standup comedy. Karen also subscribed to Gene Perret’s Roundtable Newsletter for aspiring comedy writers and attended several of their writing conference get togethers to hone her comedy chops.
Karen had taken a course in how to write and perform standup comedy, which led to selling jokes to Joan Rivers and other comedians.Selling one liners to joke collections and publications for speakers such as “Robert Orben’s Current Comedy.” Inspired by a girlfriend with breast cancer, Lee realized, “you can be seriously ill, but not terminally serious”, and began exploring the world of humor and health.
I love all of your Laughter RX stuff - super cute! I didn't know you wrote comedy lines! I read some in your newsletter - loved it! M. Radloff