Bill Marx, son of Harpo Marx, gets a grin from Justin Ybarra at
UCLA Children’s Hospital. The visit marked the start of a
unique five-year experiment to determine whether humor may help
heal children with serious illnesses. Created by Sherry Dunay Hilber,
Rx Laughter is supported by the Television Academy, Comedy Central
and other industry organizations. “We have a pretty good idea
about the impact that laughter and humor can have on a person’s
mental well-being,” said Dr. Lonnie Zeltzer, pictured behind
Marx. “But no one has really looked with any depth at the
possible biologic links between health, having a good sense of humor
and even the act of laughter itself. We’ll study the impact
that both humor and laughter have on the immune system and pain
transmission and control.” Zeltzer, one of the project’s
principal researchers, is director of the Pediatric Pain Program
at Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA.
Bill Marx (Harpo Marx's son), Justin
an inpatient at the Mattel Children's Hospital at
UCLA, and Lonnie Zeltzer, M.D., Director of the
Pediatric Program at UCLA.
Photo Courtesy of UCLA Today.