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Hilton Head Comedy Club: A Healthy Hit

By: Jeff, H3 Program Intern

Thursday night’s about to strike, what to do!?  We can head to bed after a long hard day of exercise and engaging lectures at Hilton Head Health or hit the streets for a night out on the island. Regardless of how busy our guest’s days are it’s always fun to have an outing with the entire H3 family.

Since Fit Week 2009, we have added an every week adventure to the schedule, the notorious Hilton Head Comedy Club.  The club is owned and operated by John Biddle and Michael Paskevich and has given our guests the opportunity to experience Las Vegas comedic talent week in and week out.  Each week a different comic comes to town to provide a few laughs, and the talent these two gentlemen bring in is among the best.  To say the least, the outing has been nothing short of another healthy hit!

Last week's BONK Show at Hilton Head Comedy Club

Last week's BONK Show at Hilton Head Comedy Club


A Healthy hit, how so you ask?  Well, if we get to really thinking about it, laugh out loud fun supplies far more benefits to our minds and bodies than we may be aware.  Check out our 4 – 3 – 2 – 1 countdown:


 Physical Health Benefits:

1.  Boosts Immunity.  Increases immune cells and decreases our stress hormones.

2.  Decreases Pain.  Laughter triggers endorphins they may temporarily relieve pain.

3.  Guards Against Heart Disease.  Improves our blood vessel functioning while increasing blood flow.

4.  Muscle Relaxation.  One solid bout of laughter relieves tension and stress for up to 45 minutes.


Mental Health Benefits:

1.  Alleviates Anxiety and Fear.  When you laugh there’s no way to feel sad, angry, or scared!

2.  Elevates Mood.  Who doesn’t feel splendid when they are laughing?

3.  Reduces Unnecessary Stress.  An opportunity to relax, allows us to focus and be in the moment.


Social Health Benefits:

1.  Enhances relationships and group connections.  Keeps them fresh and exciting, creates an emotional sharing effect.

2.  Does away with conflict.  Lets us stop judging, criticisms and doubts fly out the window. 


Number one:

1.  Laughter is versatile and contagious.   No matter what’s going on in our lives a simple smile goes a long way.  Plus it’s fun, free, and easy to execute!


Alright guys, so there’s the 4 – 3 – 2 – 1 when it comes to healthy humor. I encourage ya’ll to attend the Hilton Head Comedy Club when you make the trek down here. Guests week after week have enjoyed the top notch entertainment, and hey who knew a night at the club could provide so many benefits?

Let me just leave y’all with one more fun fact about laughing… In a study done by Vanderbilt University, they found adults burn an average of 1.3 calories per minute. Looks like it’s time to laugh it up!


For more information about the Hilton Head Comedy Club go to:






“Laughter is the Best Medicine” Melinda Smith, M.A., Gina Kemp, M.A., and Jeanne Segal, Ph.D., May 2009, http://helpguide.org/life/humor_laughter_health.htm

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