HEADING: RX LAUGHTER TO USE HUMOR TO CURE
Sherry Dunay Hilber, former primetime comedy executive at both
ABC (Roseanne, Home Improvement, Coach) and CBS (Cybill, Ink, Style
& Substance) has created a unique five-year nonprofit project
sponsored by the UCLA School of Medicine called Rx Laughter. The
Guild is lending it’s support to the project. Hilber got $75,000
Initial funding from Comedy Central.
The project is using funny TV shows and classic films to see how
they can be used to decrease anxiety, prevent and heal illness,
reduce severe and often chronic pain in young people (7-17 years
old). A separate, unprecedented, aspect of the project will be funny
Health Education Videos done from the kids POV – and produced
by them – which will help ease their feelings of fear.
Watch for more information about this groundbreaking project in
future issues of Member News. Also note that the project Web site,
“RxLaughter.org. will be up and running soon.