Improv group administers laughter to children in treatment


CHARLES GIVENS INTRODUCES US TO A PROGRAM THAT PUT SMILES ON THE FACES OF FAMILIES THAT COULD USE IT MOST. [CHEERING] CHARLES: LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE. EVERY TUESDAY NIGHT AT HOSPITALS AROUND THE METRO AREA, A PROJECT CALLED FUNNY BONES I PROV ADMINISTERS SMILES TO THE FACES OF CHILDREN.>>IT’S A N PROFIT ORGANIZATION WHERE WE DO COMEDY SHOWS FOR SICK KIDS. WE COME IN A DISTRACT THEM FROM BEING IN THE HOSPITAL AND GIVE THEM SOMETHING TO LAUGH AT AND TRY TO REMIND THEM THAT HUMOR IS REALLY IMPORTANT AND GIVES OUR BODIES A BREAK FROM STRESS. CHARLE SHE FOUNDED IT IN CHICAGO AND BROUGHT THE PROGRAM TO NEW ORLEANS FIVE YEARS AGO.>>WE DO FIVE SHOWS IN NEW ORLEANS EVERY MONETARY CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL, TULANE AND WOMEN’S HOSPITAL. AND ALSO AT THE RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE. ♪♪ CHARLES: THOSE FAMILIES MEAN KIDS, FAMILIES AND CARETAKERS GET TO BE FULLY INVOLVED IN THE SHOWS. [] LAUGHTER>>OUR SHOW IS ALL ABOUT THE KID GETTING TO SPIN THE WHEEL AND WE GET SUGGESTIONS FROM THEM. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PIZZA TOPPING? IF YOU COULD COMBINE ANY TO SPORTS WITH A BEAT? WE DO A SCENE ABOUT THIS BRAND-NEW SPORT. WE INTEGRATE THEIR SUGGESTIONS. IT IS LOOKING LIKE RAVIOLI? CHARLES: THEY SERVE A GREATER MISSION.>>HELP BRING A B OF LAUGHTER, TO INJECT SOME FUNNY INTO THEIR DAY. TO TAKE AWAY THAT THINKING ABOUT WHAT SHOTS I NEED HER WITCH DOCTOR I HAVE TO SEE OR WHAT PROGNOSIS I GOT AND THINK ABOUT I CANNOT BELIEVE THEY DID A SCENE WHERE THERE IS A BENDING — A BUNNY RBIT THAT CAME OUT OF THE CORVETTE AND HAVE THEM THINK ABOUT SOMETHING DIFFERENT. CHARLES: T TEAM MAKES A DIFFERENCE BEYOND PERFORMANCE.>>WE ARE MAKING A BIG DIFFERENCE BEYOND THIS 45 MINUTE SHOW. WENT — WHEN KIDS ARE CRYING FROM LAUGHING WITH US , IT’S

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