(Topic: Mental Health,Depression/Suicide) Former Tonight Show writer for 20 years, Frank uses his lifetime battle with depression and his skills as a full-time comedian to help reduce the stigma of mental illness and discrimination. He recently began a Laugh Therapy practice where he uses the healing power of humor to counsel individuals. He is an advocate for mental health and his TED talk "A Matter of Life or Death, is an uplifting story about an often taboo subject - depression and suicide.
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He was a writer for Jay Leno, and The Tonight Show, for 20 years.
He's a full time Speaker on Mental Illness in the Workplace and at Colleges using humor to reduce stigma and discrimination, change perceptions and prejudices, and up productivity.
Frank King, BA, BS, is a graduate of the University North Carolina Chapel Hill, and a professional speaker, comedian, and mental health activist, with 30 years of experience making people laugh, learn, and leave his presentations loving life.
He began his standup comedy career in 1985 catching the comedy club wave, and holds the record for the longest, non-stop comedy club road trip 2629 nights in row, with no home, just a PO Box, and an answering service.
His road trip came to an end as his career as a radio personality, syndicated humor columnist, and professional speaker and trainer began. He's a funny motivational and inspirational speaker, a Memory Trainer, and TED Talker. His keynotes are packed with ah-ha's as well as ha-ha's.
He recently began a Laugh Therapy practice, where in addition to offering standup comedy and laugh yoga classes; he uses the healing power of humor to counsel individuals, and show them how to find the chuckles in change, the laughs in the losses, and the punchlines in the pain.
On his 30 year journey he has shared the stage with Jerry Seinfeld, Robin Williams, Jon Stewart, Jim Carrey, Bill Maher, Brad Garrett, Ray Ramano, Steve Harvey, David Spade, George Lopez, Pauly Shore, JJ Walker, Adam Sandler, Carrot Top, Joan Rivers, Jeff Foxworthy, Dana Carvey, Ellen DeGeneres, Paula Poundstone, Kathleen Madigan, Frank Caliendo, Same Kinison, Bill Hicks, Bill Engval, Ron White, Kevin James, Dennis Miller, Rosie O'Donnell, Charles Fleischer, Kevin Nealon, Daniel Tosh, Randy Travis, The Beach Boys, Neil Sedaka, Lou Rawls, Mary Wilson, The Fifth Dimension, Crystal Gayle, Lorna Luft, Steppenwolf, William Webster (Former Director of the CIA), Jamie Diamond (Big Cheese at JP Morgan Chase), among others.
He has appeared on An Evening at the Improv, Showtime's Comedy on the Road, and Comedy Club Network, The Joan Rivers Show, The Dennis Miller Show, CNN's Business Unusual, and The Original Star Search, with Ed McMahon, where he was Quarterfinalist...and then lost to a puppet...yes, a puppet.
He's spoken for Pepsico, Taco Bell, McDonalds, JP Morgan Chase, Citicorp, AFLAC, Sun Trust Bank, ING, WalMart, Sam's Club, Phillip Morris, Wachovia, Allstate, Miller-Coors, Ford Motors, Cargill, BASF, Hardees, IMG, NASCAR, Sodexho, Sheraton, IGA, Piggly Wiggly, OHVI, Sprint, Harley Davidson, among others.
Believing that success in life comes from giving value first, he helped these comics get their start:
Retta Sirleaf (now on NBC's "Parks and Rec")
John Reep (won "Last Comic Standing" and appears in the Dodge Hemi ads)
Dr. Ken Jeoung (aka: Dr. Ken, seen most recently in the "Hangover" movies)
And, he has performed on every continent, including Antarctica...yes, that Antarctica.
Frank is a member of the Springfield, OR Chamber of Commerce, and the Springfield Chamber's Greeters Committee, and is a volunteer with the National Alliance for Mental Health, Lane County Chapter, where he speaks on behalf of NAMI, raising money and awareness for those battling mental health issues, and the people who love them.
He's in the process of starting a chapter of "Stand Up for Mental Illness," which will provide comedians who joke about their battles with mental illness in an effort to de-stigmatize it, and start that conversation.
Frank has a weekly humor column in "The Springfield Times," and is working on a book, a compilation of his favorite columns, "Rubber Chicken Soup for the Soul."