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So You Think You Can Laugh? ‘Laughology’ Inspires First-Ever Laughter Championship

LaughologyContestants and their fans will converge in Montreal on October 27, 2010 for the first ever laughter competition — Le Grand Championnat de Rire de Montreal. Comedy contests are common, however this will be the world’s first televised laughing contest. The contest was inspired by my documentary Laughology, currently distributed by The Disinformation Company, in which I demonstrate that people can laugh spontaneously by using various "active laughter" techniques. Contestants across Quebec will compete in diabolical laughter competitions, contagious laughter face-offs, and competitive laughter duels to see who will be crowned the "Best Laugher in Quebec.” The show is a pilot for an eventual international laughter competition to demonstrate that laughter could itself be a competitive sport. The Championnat is a based on the revolutionary concept that because laughter is contagious: laughing makes people laugh. It involves games designed to produce natural contagious laughter. The whole event is also being filmed for Rire Extreme, a documentary for CANAL D. I got the idea for my documentary Laughology after meeting Doug Collins, an American who is said to have the most contagious laugh in the world: I believe that because of Quebec’s tradition of Joie de Vivre and Quebec may have laughers who are as good or better than Collins. This summer Laughter contests where held at major Quebec festivals, including le Festival du Grand Rire in Quebec, The Western Festival of St. Tite and le Festival de Poutine du Drummonville. The winners of those contests have been invited to the Championnat which takes place at in Montreal in a special ring. We really found some extraordinary laughers. I’m afraid to imagine what happens when we get them all in the same room. I hope that the idea of a laughter competition is to spread the positive, healthy emotions of laughter. And I'm trying to prove that laughter could be a competitive sport. Contestants are coming from around Quebec however, we have left one spot open for one last great laugher. Auditions will be held on Oct 27th at Salla Rossa at 5 p.m. Please email hey@laughology.info. to be put on the list.
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The Great Union Square Laugh-In

The Great Union Square Laugh-In that was held in New York City this past Saturday, September 25, had participants falling over with laughter. Doug Collins, the man with the most contagious laugh, made a guest appearance as one of many unique laughers. The event was inspired by the filmmaker Albert Nerenberg's latest documentary, Laughology. The film discusses the benefits of laughter in our daily lives and the ever growing practice of Laughter Yoga. With the participation of various NYC laugh groups, onlookers were drawn towards the fun and encouraged to join in.
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Laughter Disrupts New York Morning TV (Video)

The "Laughman" Doug Collins arrived in New York this morning in a way that the hosts of the popular morning show on WPIX 11 TV won't forget for some time. He had them laughing so hard they couldn't read the news, as you'll see in this clip (make sure to watch till the end). The Laughman is in New York City for the Great Union Square Laugh-In, taking place at Manhattan's Union Square South at 4:00 PM EST, Saturday September 25, 2010. If he can do this to a few people in a sterile TV studio, one can only imagine what's going to happen to the hundreds of people planning to attend. For details of the event check out the Facebook Page.
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Laughter Yoga Is For Everyone

Free Laugher Yoga in NYC

Free Laugher Yoga in NYC

Next month disinformation is releasing a new film from documentarian Albert Nerenberg, Laughology. It’s the fourth film we’ve distributed for Albert and we have a lot of faith in him, even if we had never heard of Laughter Yoga before.

It turns out it’s massive and the public library next door to our office in New York has free classes, so a few of us went along. If you can get over the embarrassment factor, it actually does seem to work. The New York Times has just discovered the same thing:

I was in a vile, despicable mood when I arrived at laughter yoga. It was Wednesday, and my brain felt torn in one too many directions; the usual, only worse. Laughter seemed a remote possibility.

I waited patiently inside a nondescript office at 40th Street and Broadway among a group of wildly divergent strangers, with only my skepticism to keep me company.

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Research Proves Laughter Improves Your Health — Or Kills You

Via h+ magazine:

Research proves you’ll live longer if you laugh! A seven-year, 54,000-person study concluded people with a sense of humor have a 70% greater chance of surviving cancer, and a Loma Linda University medical researcher even calculated precise chemical changes. (Laughter increased human growth hormone by 87%, which optimizes immunity.)

Laughter also increases T cells in the immune system while reducing arterial stiffness and blood pressure, and one author suggests “for every minute of laughter you produce somewhere around $10,000 worth of healthy body chemistry.” Lee Im-seon, laughter therapist at Seoul National University Hospital, even claims “the hormones secreted when people laugh are known to alleviate pain 200–300 times better than morphine.”

Amazing how much funnier everything is when your life depends on it — but watch out. One man died while laughing at the movie A Fish Called Wanda. And in 1962, three schoolgirls in Tanzania started laughing and couldn’t stop.

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