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Humor and Entertainment Speakers for Healthcare
Featured is a partial list of our celebrity speakers, entertainers, comedians, and musicians for healthcare audiences. Please contact us at 503-345-9164 so that we can provide you with a customized list of our top choices.
Tracey Conway
Tracey Conway
People love a great make-over: witness Emmy award-winning actress Tracey Conway's "THEN" and "NOW" photos. Her story inspires both belly laughs and tears as she relates the circumstances and details of her cardiac arrest - twenty minutes without a heartbeat - and subsequent recovery at age 38. Audiences continue to be affected by Conway's programs where she shares the lessons she learned, not only about heart disease, but also what she has come to value most - a very rare second chance at life! Whether she's detailing her whirlwind appearance on "Oprah," or explaining the heart arrhythmia Ventricular Fibrillation, her delivery is captivating, effervescent, intimate, and guaranteed to touch hearts, minds, and funny-bones.

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Steve Schirripa
Steve Schirripa
A "wiseguy" known for his role on "The Sopranos" is, in real life, one of America's most entertaining and provocative speakers on family values and parenting. Steve Schirripa, a six-year regular on the award-winning HBO series who also played a hard-working father on ABC's "The Secret Life of the American Teenager," is a high-energy, quick-witted and hilarious speaker whose serious call to action is framed in a unique combination of toughness and tenderness. And his personal story is a testament to his incredible resilience and grounding on "old fashioned" common sense. Steve also is a New York Times bestselling author of A Goomba's Guide to Life, and his newest book, Big Daddy's Rules, offers an irreverent, street-smart approach to old-school parenting.

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Scott Burton
Scott Burton
Scott Burton presents an upbeat, empowering and inspiring program on finding value and passion in life and on the job. He is a headlining comic and bestselling author who has worked with Seinfeld and Leno, written for prime-time television, and is a World-champion juggler. At the age of 30, he was diagnosed with a high grade, stage four cancer. What Burton found in the battle was not loss, but life! He turned his fears into strength, his tragedy to comedy. This is not a talk about cancer - it's a talk about potential. Burton's high-energy and very entertaining program goes beyond the fear of cancer or struggle in life and calls for joy, laughter, and expression of self every day.

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Karyn Buxman, RN, MSN
Karyn Buxman, RN, MSN
A humorist, internationally recognized expert in therapeutic humor, and former nurse, Karyn Buxman began her career in speaking when she realized it didn't require white support pantyhose, didn't involve body fluids, and didn't have to be done in 12-hour shifts. President of HUMORx and an active member of both the Applied Sciences for Therapeutic Humor and International Society of Humor Studies, Buxman shows people how to use humor for brain health, stress management, manage conflict with humor, increase creativity through laughter and play and in dealing with disease management. Her mission: To improve global health, prevent diseases like diabetes, heart and stroke, cancer and age related illnesses to heal the humor-impaired!

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Scott Christopher
Scott Christopher
Scott Christopher is co-author of the best-selling book, The Levity Effect: Why It Pays to Lighten Up, and VP of Speaking/Training at The Culture Works. He is a contributing author of A Carrot A Day, The Daily Carrot Principle and a feature columnist for Human Capital magazine. As a work culture expert and humorist, Scott has circled the globe entertaining and motivating thousands of audiences from senior leader retreats to all-staff meetings. His unforgettable messages and off-the-cuff humor illustrate firsthand how levity, humor and becoming a 'people person' enrich lives both at work and at home.

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Tim Gard
Tim Gard
Authority in stress reduction, increasing productivity, morale, and overall job satisfaction through humor., Tim Gard is the author/co-author of 4 books; frequent guest on TV & radio; CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame, Certified Speaking Professional, named Meetings and Conventions "Best Speaker Heard or Used!"

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LaDonna Gatlin
LaDonna Gatlin
LaDonna Gatlin, sister of the legendary country music group, The Gatlin Brothers, grew up on stage, ultimately choosing to follow her heart and "sing a different song" apart from her brothers. Through the years, her journeys have included supporting her husband as he continues to survive a cancer diagnosis; encouraging her father as he battles heart disease; wrestling with Alzheimer's as it touches her loved ones; and watching diabetes and it's raging affect on the lives of children close to her. LaDonna has that unique ability to combine a strong message on a variety of healthcare topics with her show-stopping music making her an instant hit with audiences all across America.

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David Glickman
David Glickman
By putting the "med" in comedy and the comedy in medicine, David Glickman offers a hilarious program of jokes, songs, and props designed to positively address the situations and frustrations that the typical healthcare professional deals with in his or her job. You've never seen a funnier way of looking at medical technology, patient relations, managed care, the pharmaceutical industry, medical specialists, healthcare bureaucracy, a patient bill of rights, JCAHO, HIPAA, and much, much more. It's non-offensive, non-invasive humor that's always clean and always clever. When Glickman presents "Dose of Healthcare Humor," he will do whatever it takes to ensure that your entire event is an amazing success!

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Jim Gossett
Jim Gossett
Spice up your meetings with the humorous stylings and masterful mimicry of Jim Gossett! While other comedians recycle "stock" jokes, Jim takes his inspiration from the events of the day, adds his special brand of magic, and delivers a performance so up-to-the-minute, it's no wonder his material often appears in the monologues of The Tonight Show and The Late Show with David Letterman. Jim's unique perspective on the news will captivate you!

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Vicki Lawrence
Vicki Lawrence
An Emmy Award-winning comedienne, Vicki Lawrence, loves to make audiences laugh. Best known from "The Carol Burnett Show" and her six year run on "Mama's Family," loyal TV fans can still see her daily on reruns around the country. Ms. Lawrence decided that the time is right to take Mama out of the closet, dust off her sensible shoes and hit the road with her new touring production, Vicki Lawrence and Mama: A Two-Woman Show. Lawrence is a strong advocate for women's health and hosts the annual "Walk for the Cure" in her hometown where all proceeds go to breast and ovarian cancer research at Long Beach Memorial Center. In addition she serves on the Board for Miller Children's hospital.

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Joe Malarkey
Joe Malarkey
Billed as "The Worst Motivational Speaker in America!," Joe Malarkey® is a speaker unlike any other. He shares techniques, philosophies and attitudes that are taught by no one else. And after you see him, you'll understand why. But, if you consider stress relief, laughter and fun to be important parts of your life, then Joe is an experience not to be missed!

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Mark Mayfield
Mark Mayfield
With over 30 years of stage experience, he knows that people either want to be entertained while they learn, or just purely entertained. He can do both. With a background as a corporate lobbyist and as a comedian, he is one of the rare individuals in the world who is equally adept at performing comedy shows or delivering high content keynote speeches. Known as "The Corporate Comedian", he has received rave reviews sharing the stage with a wide variety of celebrities like Paul Newman, Peter Frampton, Colin Powell, and Bob Newhart and has been introduced as the President of the United States on a live, nationwide television broadcast.

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 Mio
Mio
Topics: Magic and Entertainment for Healthcare Fundraisers. Mio's presentation involves your guests in an interactive experience that can be tied into your blacktie fundraiser, hospitality suite, trade show or party. His unique form of close-up magic and mentalism will entertain and intrigue your audience. Mio has helped many organizations raise money, including American Cancer Society, Make a Wish Foundation, Anthony Schriver Foundation and Habitat for Humanity. He has been the featured performer for the Democratic National Committee 2000 Fundraiser, Dannon Yogurts' new product launch and several NFL Super Bowls. To view videos, visit www.magicbymio.com

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Brad Nieder, MD
Brad Nieder, MD

Some call him the Funny Doctor. Some call him the Phunny Physician. Still others call him Ethyl. To most, though, he's known as The Healthy Humorist. He's Brad Nieder, M.D., a humor doctor and funny speaker who entertains, inspires, and enlightens audiences across the country with his unique blend of healthcare comedy and wellness advice. Delivering his presentations at conferences, conventions, and corporate events, Dr. Brad is perfect as a keynote speaker, an after-dinner entertainer, or an uplifting opener or closer, speaking to healthcare groups, professional associations, government organizations...basically anyone who could use a dose of laughter!

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Kathleen Passanisi, PT
Kathleen Passanisi, PT
An internationally recognized speaker, humorist, medical professional, and author, Kathleen Passanisi is an expert in the field of therapeutic humor and its impact on health and corporate morale. Author of It's Your Life, Choose Well and the self-proclaimed poster-person of the Sandwich Generation, Passanisi brings substance, style, and clean hilarity to her universal content, guaranteeing a successful meeting and a lasting impact on those involved. During her enlivening and enlightening programs, participants will learn how to reduce stress, improve well-being, enhance creativity, and make life at home and work more fun.

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Mike Rayburn
Mike Rayburn
When organizations need innovation and peak performance, where do they go? Usually it's to business leaders, authors, or famous sports figures. Rarely do they go to artists! Yet for artists, creativity, innovation and peak performance are their life blood! Being a mega-successful artist, as well as a savvy entrepreneur and business owner, Mike Rayburn is uniquely qualified to teach artistic principles in a business context, to give businesses and organizations the edge they so desperately need to innovate and perform at peak "virtuoso" levels... and thus transform their success and significance. Featured in USA Today, Newsweek, Billboard, Gig, American Entertainment, and Successful Meetings magazines, Mike has presented for hundreds of the worlds leading corporations and associations.

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Jeanne Robertson
Jeanne Robertson
At 6' 2" she would have been voted most likely to make the basketball team and least likely to be a contestant in the Miss America Pageant. Jeanne actually accomplished both. While she enjoys making people laugh, Jeanne views the role of a humorist as more than eliciting laughter. As audiences are holding their sides and wiping tears from their faces, she makes her point clear. Perhaps that is why thousands of meeting planners make their point clear when they say... "The Meetin' ain't over 'til the tall lady speaks."

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Ross Shafer
Ross Shafer
Ross Shafer is one of the most sought after Keynote speakers and seminar leaders on the subjects of Customer Empathy, Personal Motivation, and Business Relevance. In addition to winning multiple Emmy awards for his work as a TV host, writer and comedian, Ross has been a lifelong entrepreneur who has written 8 books (and 14 Human Resource training films) on how organizations can remain relevant and adapt to changes they didn't see coming.

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  • Barbra Streisand is the latest celebrity to raise awareness of women and heart disease. It is the nation’s number 1 killer and has not gotten the attention that many other diseases, such as cancer have, she says. The fact is that a woman dies every minute from heart disease and it actually kills more women than all cancers combined.   Streisand, to her credit, has created an organization, Women’s Heart Alliance, which has initiated a study on how heart disease affects women. Because the symptoms appear differently in women than men, many women are unaware of their risks and also that they may have heart disease.
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  • How many times have we seen and heard about celebrities suffering from addiction to drugs or alcohol and then relapsing after spending time in rehab – too many, I’m afraid. In his memoir just out, “I’ll Be Right Back After This”, Sportscaster and TV celebrity host, Pat O’Brien, tells of his numerous attempts to overcome his addictions.  O’Brien recently told People Magazine (Sept, 1, 2014) that he had hit bottom and almost died, and his last stint in rehab in 2008 taught him to be honest with himself. He is now six years sober and goes to twice-daily AA meetings. 
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  • Robin William’s death by suicide is just another sign that we need to address mental illness. Luckily more celebrities are stepping up and speaking out about mental health, including Meredith Baxter on substance abuse, LaDonna Gatlin on attempted suicide, John Larroquette on addiction, Susan Ford Bales on substance abuse and author Terri Cheney on Bipolar Disorder to name a few.

    The time has come for our society to realize that we have an epidemic.  There are more people than ever suffering from mental illness and the National Institute of Mental Health says that suicide now kills twice as many people as homicides. 
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  • In his latest NY Times Best seller, The Doctor’s Diet, Dr. Travis Stork remarks on how little we appreciate the work our heart does for each of us. Every day it pumps about 100,000 times. Try squeezing your hand 100,000 (or 100 times!) and you’ll start to respect the amount of work your heart does every minute of every day.  Using about the amount of pressure it would take you to squeeze a tennis ball, the muscles in your heart push your entire blood volume – about 6 quarts total – throughout your body three times every minute.  Heart disease is more than a statistic in his ER world. 
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  • We are excited to announce Dr. Travis Stork’s newest book, The Doctor’s Diet – Restore Health & Lose Weight to be released on January 1, 2014.* Unhealthy eating is an epidemic and it very well may kill you! Finally, a flexible and workable diet plan is available that will help readers lose weight, restore health, prevent disease and add years to their lives.

    The Doctor’s Diet is Dr. Travis Stork’s solution to unhealthy eating — a nationwide problem that contributes to a death toll higher than that of car accidents, drug abuse, smoking, and gun violence combined. Dr. Travis is genuinely concerned about what he considers to be a true crisis, so he created a flexible and workable diet plan that will help readers feel instantly more energetic and healthier while the pounds come off – ultimately, giving people the tools they need to extend their lives and live them to the fullest potential.
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  • Dr. Travis Stork, ER Doc and co-host of the Emmy-award winning show,  THE DOCTORS shared life saving lessons with Prevention Magazine this month.

    On his first night as an attending physician, moonlighting in the ER of a rural southern hospital, Travis Stork, MD, got his first postgraduate lesson in life and death. “A father frantically ran into the ER carrying a young boy who was unresponsive and barely breathing,” recalls Dr. Stork, the Emmy-nominated cohost of the award-winning talk show The Doctors and the author of The Lean Belly Prescription. When the child’s breathing became more faint and his lips started turning blue, Dr.
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  • It’s another Saturday night in the E.R. The PA system barks a warning, announcing an auto accident with multiple injuries. I hear the sirens and know this is the “golden hour,” the critical 60 minutes that determine whether they will live or die.  Two ambulances arrive at the door and I have to determine immediately what’s wrong so what is one of the first vital signs I check?  How much they weigh.  C’mon Travis, you’re thinking, you don’t check vitals?  Well, sure, I’m looking at a lot of things simultaneously, but often one of the most important indicators of how well a patient will manage a health crisis is how much excess weight he or she is carrying. 
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  • Author Jane Heller, who has written 13 comic novels, has taken on the subject of caregiving, which she knows well. As caregiver to her husband, Michael, who suffers from Crohn’s disease, she has been able to find the humor in this subject and has written the nonfiction book, “You’d Better Not Die or I’ll Kill You: A Caregiver’s Survival Guide to Keeping You in Good Health and Good Spirits”. This topic is becoming more important and crucial as the baby boomers age and find themselves in the position of caregiver for a parent or spouse. Many are unaware of what faces them in this role and find out through experience what is entailed.
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