Comedy Saved Her from the Loony Bin: Recovery Comedian Sassi
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You may have seen Sassi on MTV, Nickelodeon, Good Morning America, doing promos for Adult Swim Super Deluxe or even in a Lysol Commercial!  She has worked with Chicago City Limits, Blue Man Group and The National Theatre of Performing Arts. She has been featured in the New York Underground Comedy Festival, The Mamapalooza Festival and The Women in Comedy Festival. Sassi lives in New York City with her son Liam Jon Keegan and their service dog Shaggy.

Recovery Comedy:  What were you like as a kid?

Sassi:  I was a huge day dreamer.  I would walk down the street looking up at the sky in my own world.  It's a wonder I didn't get hit by a car.

Recovery Comedy:  What made you decide to become a stand-up comedian and how long have you been performing?

Sassi:  When I was a kid I always did impressions of my teachers for my family and friends and they laughed.  I came to New York City to act and answered an ad in "Back Stage" looking for comics.  I did it once and was hooked.  I have been performing in one form or another all my life.

Recovery Comedy:  Were you performing stand-up comedy before you got into recovery?

Sassi:  I was in recovery when I started doing stand-up.  I have only performed sober.  Some say alcohol gave them courage when performing.  I never knew how it would go down when I was drinking, so I'm glad not to have that wild card in the mix.  It's challenging enough as it is.

Recovery Comedy:  Does your comedy have a message and if so what is it?

Sassi:  No.  I do believe that laughter heals though.  I like to think I can bring joy and healing to people though comedy.

Recovery Comedy:  Who are your comedy idols?

Sassi:  Robin Williams, Rita Rudner, Steve Martin, Lucille Ball

Recovery Comedy:  Where does your inspiration for material come from?

Sassi:  I write about my personal experience.  A lot of the best jokes come from my pain.

Recovery Comedy:  What is your joke writing process?

Sassi:  I record every set and I write down everything I think is funny.  A lot of my jokes I "hear" either in dialogue with someone or in my head.  I have an ear for comedy.  I write bits down, try them, record them and improve upon them.  A lot of my writing is editing and I love editing.

Recovery Comedy:  What is your kryptonite?

Sassi:  I can get in my head when there is industry or someone else whose opinion matters to me in the audience.  Luckily, enough of those "people loved me until I could love myself" like in program and I worked through the fear.  It helps me to think of comedy as doing service.  When it's not only about me I can relax.

Recovery Comedy: Is your family supportive of your comedy career?

Sassi:  They are from a small town and are all teachers so it scared the heck out of them at first.  They wanted me to be a teacher too, but once I had some success, they got on board.

Recovery Comedy:  Is comedy part of your healing process?

Sassi:  I would say yes.  Comedy definitely keeps me sane.  My first marriage was troubled and we have a special needs kid.  If I hadn't gotten out a few nights a week to do comedy I would have ended up in the loony bin.  I also have a lot of a lot of people pleasing issues.  Ironically the audience loves you when you love them first and don't care what they think.  They get uneasy when you try too hard.  If you beg them for approval like you would an emotionally unavailable alcoholic parent, they stare at you in silence.  This has been an amazing lesson to learn.

Recovery Comedy:  What was your worst experience performing comedy?

Sassi:  I made fun of Catholics (I am one) at a fire house and I didn't know they were staunch Catholics and they hated me.  It was the worst bomb ever.  Then the headliner came out as a nun and made even more fun of Catholics.  The thing was, we sent a video with all our Catholic material on it.  Apparently the booker didn't watch the tapes.

Recovery Comedy:  What was your best experience performing comedy?

Sassi:  Thank God there have been so many.  Performing in rehabs is definitely top on my list.  Going home to Rumford, Maine and performing at 49 Franklin for friends and family was very exciting.  I love going on the road with my boyfriend Ross Bennett.  I love working at my home club Broadway Comedy Club in NYC and Comedy Works in Albany and City Steam in Hartford.  I love doing Spa Ha Ha.  It's my ladies' night out show I do with Barb Singer and we offer spa services beforehand.   Ironically after making fun of Catholics, I now do a Christian Comedy Show at the Comic Strip in NYC.  It's very empowering to work that clean and very healing to allow God into my comedy in such a literal way.  I love doing birthday roasts and toasts.  They are so much work to write but when they kill, it's amazing!  And of course it just rocks when people come up to you after a show and say. "We loved you so much!  You were the funniest one!  Why aren't you famous?"

Recovery Comedy:  What is your favorite joke?

Sassi:  This is my favorite joke that I've written: I was married for 16 years, in couples therapy for 20.  At the end the couples' therapist said, "I don't know about you guys, but I need to see other people!"

Recovery Comedy:  What is your comedy dream?

Sassi:  I want to write and make movies and act in them, and become very well known.  Then I want to go on the road and fill theaters.



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David Zasloff's Secret to Success? Do the Opposite of What Your Father Tells You
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David has performed at NA, AA, CA, DA, OA CEA-HOW and GA  comedy conventions, benefits, prisons, nightclubs, universities, theaters, retirement homes,
corporate events, private parties, temples, weddings, funerals, birthday parties, affairs of state, spiritual living centers, a few churches and one briss.

He has recorded a comedy CD entitled “Honey Take Me Home” and has written a book called The Complete Book of Everything, Part I which is a compilation of his comic monologues.

Other people have said some pretty nice things about him. For instance:

“David Zasloff is one of the great performers of our time.” (Richmond Shepard - Performing Arts Insider)

“His view of humanity is unique, very funny and sexy. His intelligence and wit sneaks up on you and suddenly you’re howling.” (Patricia Foulkrod – film producer and political organizer)

“His humor was not only razor sharp, but displayed enlightened understanding of the human condition.” (Hollywood Gazette)

“I am a Zasloff fan. He pushes the boundaries and he’s smart and he’s very funny. The CD is terrific.” (Jay Levin – original publisher of the L.A. Weekly). 

“He approaches our cultural and sexual taboos with humor, respect, tenderness, and the deep understanding of a man of heart.” (Margot Anand, author “The Art of Sexual Ecstasy”)

“You are such a brilliant, talented man and your humor truly resonated with our group. We hope you will enjoy the fame and fortune you deserve.” (Adrian S. Windsor, Program Director Inside Edge)

“He is a bolt of greased lightning: entertainer and showman par excellence.” (L.A. Weekly)

“He is as funny and off the wall as you’d expect of a fellow who’s honed his skill as a stand-up comic.”(Dramalogue)

“Treat yourselves to a laughter and music blast with the outrageously funny David Zasloff. He is convulsively hilarious. Highest recommendation. Don't miss!” (Greg Tamblyn – author, comedian, musician)

Recovery Comedy:  What were you like as a kid?

David Zasloff:  I was loud.  I played trumpet.  I lived in a housing project the Bronx.  Whenever I practiced my music attracted the police.

Recovery Comedy:  What made you decide to become a stand-up comedian and how long have you been performing?

David Zasloff:  When I discovered I was funny and I could make people laugh I became addicted to comedy. Plus I had a deep need for approval that could only be satisfied by large numbers of people. My insights into hypocrisy has allowed me to do comedy for thirty years.

Recovery Comedy:  Were you performing stand-up comedy before you got into recovery?

David Zasloff:  I used to do comedy stoned on cocaine. I wasn’t funny.

Recovery Comedy:  Does your comedy have a message and if so what is it?

David Zasloff:  My greatest tragedies are hysterical.

Recovery Comedy:  Who are your comedy idols?

David Zasloff:  Lenny Bruce. I found his grave. I sat at his tombstone thinking here lies the funniest philosopher of all time. Fifty years ago he wrote a monologue on how to defuse the negativity in the word “nigger.” He was ahead of his time because he had perfect timing.

Recovery Comedy:  Where does your inspiration for material come from?

David Zasloff:  Hypocrisy, including terrorism, financial failure, love, fatherhood and death.

Recovery Comedy:  What is your joke writing process?

David Zasloff:  Everything is funny. I write down as much as I can. Memorizing all of it is a problem.

Recovery Comedy:  What is your kryptonite?

David Zasloff:  Sugar.  Scientists say sugar is just as addictive as heroin. Which means Nutra-Sweet is methadone.

Recovery Comedy:  Is your family supportive of your comedy career?

David Zasloff:  No. Everything my dad taught me was wrong. I have a great life because whatever he told me to do, I did the exact opposite.

Recovery Comedy:  Is comedy part of your healing process?

David Zasloff:  Comedy is one insecure person making an equally insecure audience laugh without revealing anyone’s insecurity.

Recovery Comedy:  What was your worst experience performing comedy?

David Zasloff:  I once did an impression of a gorilla in a hotel lobby trying to get a candy bar out of a vending machine. I thought watching a gorilla trying to be human would be funny and remind people of the similarities between them and gorillas. But I never gave the audience a clue to what I was doing.  They got my gorilla impersonation but they didn’t get the hotel vending machine. All they saw was me acting like King Kong. It wasn’t funny. The audience ignored me and started talking amongst themselves. I tried to get offstage without being seen. I realized I had a lot to learn about human communication.

Recovery Comedy:  What was your best experience performing comedy?

David Zasloff:  One night, early in my career, I got onstage, looked around, and what struck me as being funny was that people had driven a long way and paid a cover charge to have someone else make them laugh because they couldn’t make themselves laugh. Since I could make myself laugh it made me think they were inept and I started laughing at them. They didn’t know why I was laughing, but they sensed my laughter was real. Real laughter is contagious. Pretty soon everyone was laughing at me laughing at them. After a while it didn’t matter why we were laughing, what mattered was we were all laughing. And we couldn’t stop laughing. The show was hysterical and I didn’t tell one joke.

Recovery Comedy:  What is your favorite joke?

David Zasloff:  My favorite joke is about religious sexual hypocrisy, and it’s too explicit to repeat here. To hear this joke please come to my show. This joke has made thousands of people laugh.  I guarantee, it’ll make you laugh.

Recovery Comedy:  What is your comedy dream?

David Zasloff:  To do more comedy. I don’t care about making movies or doing television. I love laughing with people.

To find out more information about David Zasloff or to book him for your next Recovery Convention just click here!

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It is Never to Late to Find Recovery: Sober Comedian Bronx Billy O.
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Bronx Billy O. came to America by boat from County Cork, Ireland, and grew up on the Bronx streets. After Vietnam, Billy was a Teamster, a Pub
and restaurant owner, and before becoming a N.Y.C. firefighter for 23 years, an illegal bookie. He has sailed, dove and traveled the world burdened by his addiction to drugs and alcohol.

After the tragedy of 9/11 and the loss of 343 of his brother firefighters he sobered up and attended the University of Florida. At the age of 62, he earned his journalism degree and began to write.

He has written two highly praised weekly columns, two screenplays and numerous political pieces. He also finished in the finals out of nearly 400 contestants in Arizona’s funniest comic contest two years in a row.Confessions of a Bronx Bookie is his much-anticipated first novel. Every Amazon review has been phenomenal, all five stars. Most see the novel as a movie or series. Unlike many authors who come directly out of college, O’Connor waited to write until after he had something to say. If anyone personifies that life truly begins at 60, it is Billy O’Connor.

Billy's acerbic wit on stage has entertained audiences throughout, California, Florida, New York and Arizona for the past three years. He has shared the stage with such great comedic talents as Todd Berry, Julian McCullough, Jesse Joyce, Lisa Landry and Thai Rivera. As a reformed alcoholic, compulsive gambler and drug addict, his inspirational story reminds all of us that with the proper attitude, life begins at 60.

Recovery Comedy:  What were you like as a kid?

Bronx Billy O:  I grew up on the Bronx streets and loved to play ball and stay the hell out of my house. My old man was an abusive alcoholic, so the streets became my sanctuary. I was a non-entity at home, but like Springsteen sings, "When I'm out on the streets." That's where I felt like I belonged.

Recovery Comedy:  What made you decide to become a stand-up comedian and how long have you been performing?

Bronx Billy O:  I sobered up after 9/11 and enrolled at the University of Florida to earn my journalism degree. While there, I started doing comedy at 58. I knew I had made tons of bad decisions in my life, and bad decisions make good stories. I was right. My book has helped many alcoholic, drug abusers already, and as it exponentially grows, it'll help even more.

Recovery Comedy:  Were you performing stand-up comedy before you got into recovery?

Bronx Billy O:  No. Before recovery, I was a functioning drunk. Sobriety triggered my stand-up and my journalism degree. I know now that I am on the right path. I can help other addicts, and I'm having more fun now, sober, than I ever had in my life. That's something that I would have never dreamed possible.

Recovery Comedy:  Does your comedy have a message and if so what is it?

Bronx Billy O:  Yes, that there is life past addiction, and with the proper help, we can beat our genetic dependence. And that it's never too late. My life really began at 60.

Recovery Comedy:  Who are your comedy idols? Bronx Billy O:  Carlin, Pryor, Dangerfield and at present, Patrice O'Neil and Bill Burr.

Recovery Comedy:  Where does your inspiration for material come from?

Bronx Billy O:  My life experiences and the madness of alcohol and drug addiction spur my humor, but as a writer, thoughts come to me 20 times a day.

Recovery Comedy:  What is your joke writing process?

Bronx Billy O:  I write while in the shower, while jogging, while driving or whenever my subconscious is available. I must tap into that inner resource. I'll write a few words to trigger a memory and then in front of a computer, I will edit and refine. 

Recovery Comedy:  What is your kryptonite?

Bronx Billy O:  Chocolate, sugar and this inescapable weakness to want all people to like me. I'm sure it comes from low self-esteem, but I'm getting better at handling it.

Recovery Comedy:  Is your family supportive of your comedy career?

Bronx Billy O:  I'm a grandpa and divorced, but my grown kids are all supportive. I think they're damn proud of me.

Recovery Comedy:  Is comedy part of your healing process?

Bronx Billy O:  Comedy is definitely cathartic, as is writing. All group recovery programs are based around spreading the cure to help maintain our own. From the stage, and through my writing, I reach so many more people. It's definitely what defines my present life.

Recovery Comedy:  What was your worst experience performing comedy?

Bronx Billy O:  I was at a huge venue with a few scattered patrons in a thin audience. At the time, I was inexperienced and wasn't good at crowd work. It was the longest 45 minutes of my life, polite chuckles at best.

Recovery Comedy:  What was your best experience performing comedy?

Bronx Billy O:  I would say that when I finished as one of the top three comics in Arizona three years in a row. The energy created by 450 people roaring laughter was intoxicating.

Recovery Comedy:  What is your favorite joke?

Bronx Billy O:  I do a joke about waking up after a three-day alcoholic blackout with a prosthetic leg in my bed. That joke just keeps getting longer and better.

Recovery Comedy:  What is your comedy dream?

Bronx Billy O:  I'd just like to supplement my pension, pay a few bills and while doing so, make people laugh. If I can help people along the way, so much the better. I'm a Vietnam Vet and a first responder for the FDNY for 20 years. I like to help people less fortunate than me.



To find out more information about Bronx Billy O. or to book him for your next Recovery Event just click here!

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Craig Shoemaker's Experiences Plus One Interesting Idol Have Made Him Into a Great Recovery Comedian
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You might know Craig Shoemaker as the unmistakably engaging, iconic, baritone-voiced character, The Lovemaster. Maybe
you were one ofmillions who saw him in his decades of successful stand-up comedy. Or you may have seen one of his specials aired on Showtime, HBO, ABC, CBS, NBC and just about every other major network. Perhaps you saw him in a TV show or movie like Parks & Recreation, The Bold and The Beautiful, or in Scream 2?

Or maybe you just recognize his voice: Pleasantville, many characters in numerous animated series, and all the voices (and even the title song) for the BBC cartoon, Big Foot, Little Foot.
But he's far more than just The Lovemaster...

What you may not know (yet!) is that Craig Shoemaker is dedicated to using laughter as healing modality. Yep, the Lovemaster is a peace-loving new-age hippy dedicated to using laughter to heal the world. Who knew! With his retirement from stand-up comedy in 2014, he's now focusing his efforts on his new organization dedicated to the cause, Laughter Heals. With a weekly show, movie and book coming soon, Craig hopes that he can bring The Laughter Movement to the mainstream.

“Shoe,” as he's often called, began his career in his hometown of Philadelphia, where he honed his comedic skills and characters while bartending and attending Temple University (winning the “Best Comedian” award from Philly Magazine). A natural storyteller with sharp observational instincts, Craig’s performances are often based on the hilarious -- and sometimes shocking -- twists and turns of his own life.

Craig is happily married to his wife Mika and is a father to three sons, Justin, Jared and Jackson, and brand new daughter Chloe.

Recovery Comedy:  What were you like as a kid?

Craig Shoemaker: Short. Every year, front row of class pictures.  Plus, kid life was short.  I had to grow up way too early.

Recovery Comedy:  What made you decide to become a stand-up comedian and how long have you been performing?

Craig Shoemaker:  Same as above… well… that and one pain factor.  I wanted to make my sad mom laugh.  Then I wanted to make others happy.  Then I started professionally my junior year of high school.

Recovery Comedy:  Were you performing stand-up comedy before you got into recovery?

Craig Shoemaker:  Yes. Many years.  I never thought I could tour doing stand-up, but when I got sober I soon found out sobriety kicked the comedy and talent into a higher gear I had not known.

Recovery Comedy:  Does your comedy have a message and if so what is it?

Craig Shoemaker:  Laughter heals all wounds.

Recovery Comedy:  Who are your comedy idols?

Craig Shoemaker:  Bruce Springsteen.  He’s not very funny, but his performance art still stands as my greatest inspiration even 30 years after seeing him for the first time.  He brings it from the heals, tells the truth, leaves it all out there and he is personal.

Recovery Comedy:  Where does your inspiration for material come from?

Craig Shoemaker:  All of it comes from experience.  I try to avoid the opinions on the news etc. There’s only one me and only one twisted journey unique to me.

Recovery Comedy:  What is your joke writing process?

Craig Shoemaker:  No Jokes, except for maybe Twitter.  I tell the story and the jokes follow.

Recovery Comedy:  What is your kryptonite?

Craig Shoemaker:  My ex-wife.  She can literally stop me in my tracks from living joyfully.

Recovery Comedy:  Is your family supportive of your comedy career?

Craig Shoemaker:  My mom, no, but my wife is beyond supportive, but mostly in a spiritual supportive way of my being genuine.  She is amazing...

Recovery Comedy:  Is comedy part of your healing process?

Craig Shoemaker:  Oh yes.  Without the humor, someone might be dead.

Recovery Comedy:  What was your worst experience performing comedy?

Craig Shoemaker:  In front of a party for my hometown sixers.  There were kids running and playing and no one was listening.  Finally a guy just walked on stage without anyone even noticing and said, “You’re done”.

Recovery Comedy:  What was your best experience performing comedy?

Craig Shoemaker:  There are too many.  Probably the last show I did.  There were 70,000 people at the University of Florida.  It was pretty surreal.

Recovery Comedy:  What is your favorite joke?

Craig Shoemaker:  There are too many to choose.
 
Recovery Comedy:  What is your comedy dream?

Craig Shoemaker:  To open up alternative avenues and platforms to “SHARE” a story, rather than perform it.

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Join the Military or Become a Stand Up Comedian/Hypnotist? What Would You Decide?
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Don Barnhart’s comedy hypnosis show combines his stand up, improv and hypnosis skills to tap into the power of the subconscious mind and use his volunteer’s hidden talents turning them into the stars of a show that is as empowering as it is entertaining.

Barnhart specializes in recovery shows and just finished headlining the 31st Annual Tri State Round Up in Laughlin, NV. Last year he produced a series of Healing Through Humor Comedy Shows for Solutions Recovery Center in Las Vegas and he continues to headline the Vegas strip, cruise ships, colleges, high schools, fairs and other recovery shows across the country. Barnhart show is setting record attendance numbers making him America’s Funniest Hypnotist.

“We hired Don Barnhart for entertainment at our event, we had over 600 attendees and typically it's hard to please everybody... But for the first time ever, we did not receive anything but thanks and praise for Don. He put on the most amazing show, I have never seen so many people laughing and having a great time. We look forward to having him back for years to come! If you haven't had a chance to see him I highly recommend it!!!’ - Heather H, Chair, Tri State Roundup - Laughlin, NV

Having grown up in the AL-Anon program, Barnhart was more than familiar with the concepts of recovery and utilizes them in his self-improvement audio CDs. Participants as well as the audience learn the basic foundations of hypnosis during Barnhart’s show that they can utilize and apply in their own journey of success supplementing and reinforcing their recovery.

Recovery Comedy:  What were you like as a kid?

Don Barnhart:  I like to “think” I was a great kid but the truth is, I was always getting into trouble, asking too many questions.  I would finish my homework as fast as I could so I could goof off afterwards.  I was always raising my hand asking too many questions, making the class laugh out.  It’s ironic that now I’m getting paid for what I used to get thrown out of class for.

Recovery Comedy:  What made you decide to become a stand-up comedian and how long have you been performing?

Don Barnhart:  Right out of high school, I went to join the military but they were closed.  The recruiter, not the military.  As I skateboarded home I passed a comedy club and saw a help wanted sign and went in and got a job as the doorman.  I found that to be part of my salvation.  It became a positive addiction, as I would go into the club on my nights off just to help out even if I wasn’t getting paid just so I could be around comedy.  I cleaned the bathrooms, video taped the acts for the club, ran errands, waited tables and anything else I could do.  By the time I was 20, I was managing the club as well as booking the talent and one night the host couldn’t make it and they asked me to fill in and from then on, they couldn’t get me off the stage. 

In 87, Jay Leno told me that if you want to be a comic you have to go on the road and see if your material works everywhere so the next day I quit and have been performing ever since.

Recovery Comedy:  Were you performing stand-up comedy before you got into recovery?

Don Barnhart:  I had actually been a theater geek and got into hypnosis as a tool to help get clean.  Having grown up in the Al Anon program, it just sort of ‘made sense’ to me.   I had absorbed a lot of what I had listened to and applied it to my hypnosis.

Recovery Comedy:  Does your comedy have a message and if so what is it?

Don Barnhart:  I try to point out the absurd and ridiculous with my stand up and have often times been accused of using intelligent humor.  As for my hypnosis show, I use it to entertain and also empower both the volunteers and audiences teaching them a technique to help strengthen and supplement their recovery program.  Whether it’s to stop smoking, help with the stress or anxiety of getting sober and clean, I try to share some of the lessons and techniques I’ve learned to create and live the life of my dreams.

Recovery Comedy:  Who are your comedy idols?

Don Barnhart:  I’m a true comedy fan and love so many great acts and there are so many genres of comedy to pull from.  Right now, Louis CK and Chris Rock but I’m watching a lot of European acts.  They have a really unique perspective on America.

Recovery Comedy:  Where does your inspiration for material come from?

Don Barnhart:  My inspiration for materiel comes directly from my life, family and personal experiences.  I try to really open up my soul and take my nightmares and find the humor within.  I had 4 older sisters growing up and they made me dance so as a kid I was a pretty good dancer.  In high school, I took a dance class and would get teased by the football team.  Ironic, I was the only guy with 20 girls in spandex or I could be on a team with sweaty guys with their hands on each other’s crotch…who’s in the closet now???

Recovery Comedy:  What is your joke writing process?

Don Barnhart:  In my improv, stand up writing and performance workshops I teach my students to open their soul, write out what they love and hate and show the world through their eyes.  I try to do the same and make my show personal in nature.  Harness the pain and find the funny.   I was married once before…I realized we were having some problems when my wife started ‘dating again’.

Recovery Comedy:  What is your kryptonite?

Don Barnhart:  Coffee, and I mean good coffee.  I treated myself to a really nice cappuccino machine and even have a back up for parts in case that one breaks.

Recovery Comedy:  Is your family supportive of your comedy career?

Don Barnhart:  For the most part, my family supports me.  My mom used to call and suggest bits I should talk about whereas my dad said he didn’t like me talking about him in my show.  I told him, if he didn’t want to be in my act, he should stop doing stupid things. 

Recovery Comedy:  Is comedy part of your healing process?

Don Barnhart:  Comedy can be a huge catharsis.   They say that pain plus time equals funny, which I believe is true, it just may take awhile for the humor truck to get back around to your neighborhood. Humor can be a great pressure release valve to the human soul, which is why we laugh in serious situations.

Recovery Comedy:  What was your worst experience performing comedy?

Don Barnhart:  There are so many it’s hard to single out one especially since I’ve buried and tried to compartmentalize all of those, I try to not relive the pain and pick that scab.  I was working on a cruise ship when I found out my mom had gone into a coma.  It was about an hour before I had to do a show and I was balling my eyes out backstage. As they were introducing me, I wiped my eyes and hit the stage.  The show must go on…

Recovery Comedy:  What was your best experience performing comedy?

Don Barnhart:  In ’92, I had gotten divorced I took a few months off to travel to Europe.  While back packing around I saw a USO sign.  I went in and offered to do a show, it went well and I’ve been performing and producing comedy shows for the troops ever since.

Recovery Comedy:  What is your comedy dream?

Don Barnhart:  My comedy dream is to still be able to make people laugh for the rest of my life.  Humor has been such a healing force for me that I want to share it.  They say that comedy is the best medicine and I believe it’s not just medicine but nourishment for the soul.

To find out more information about Don Barnhart or to book him for your next Recovery Event just click here!

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