Craig Shoemaker's Documentary: Laughter Heals
According to Wilipedia: Craig Shoemaker is an American comedian, writer, and voice actor. He is best known for his baritone-voiced character, The Lovemaster, which he routinely portrays in his comedy act
This was an early website touting the documentary Laughter Heals, as well as other endeavors that Craig Shoemaker was involved in including the Craig Shoemaker Show.
Content is from the site's 2012-2014 archived pages.
The current website for Laughter Heals - a Documentary can be found at: http://laughterheals.org/the-film
Craig Shoemaker's own website is found at: www.craigshoemaker.com/
Laughter is the BEST Medicine! Craig Shoemaker, headlining comedian, has learned this first-hand. Laughter Heals has been tirelessly working behind-the-scenes to create the first epic documentary on the true healing powers of laugher -- how it literally can help heal not just your soul, but also your body. Laughter Heals is the new PG-13 documentary film slated for wide release in 2017.
The Laughter Movement has begun!
Laughter Heals Sizzle Reel
LAUGHTER HEALS is a company founded by veteran comedian, Craig Shoemaker in order to promote the power of laughter to heal our hearts, minds, bodies and our souls.
After 30+ years of performing in comedy clubs, theaters, and at hundreds of charity events, Craig experienced first hand the positive health effects that humor had on his audiences. Unfortunately, there are thousands of people who cannot regularly attend live shows or movie theaters. He's working on a number of vehicles to spread the word:
- A documentary on the healing powers of laughter
- Several television shows are in development, both to entertain and to provide another outlet for "laughter therapy"
- An animated series is in development
- A book has been written and is moving forward quickly
- Pursuing Happiness Retreat: Coming soon -- A 3 day personal development seminar focusing on "Mind, Body and Spirit" led by Craig
- And much more...
Where did all this come from? In addition to Craig's background, a recent experience inspired the documentary, which has spun-off many of the concepts above. Craig's best friend had been battling brain cancer for several years. As a frequent caregiver, Craig noticed the depressing atmosphere in the hospitals and support facilities where he took his friend. The places were filled with people watching dismal daytime television programs which seemed to offer very little solace and comfort for the already disheartened patients.
Craig and a group of friends dedicated themselves to making this friend laugh... and not just a little, but to really LAUGH. Now, many years later, the friend is alive against all odds... and still laughing.
It is for this man -- and an entire segment of society like him -- that Laughter Heals was born.
As wise people have known since the beginning of time, and as recent scientific studies have shown, laughter heals. After years of research, doctors and psychiatrists are becoming more aware of the therapeutic benefits of laughter and humor.
Our mission at Laughter Heals is to provide an easily accessible, multimedia supply of “laughter therapy” materials for the use of patients, residents and care givers in hospitals, cancer recovery facilities, children’s hospitals, orphanages, nursing homes, drug and alcohol treatment centers, assisted living facilities, and mental hospitals.
We believe that patients and residents of these institutions should have free and easy access to DVD’s, CD’s and books that inspire smiles and laughter helping to activate the healing power of humor.
For people convalescing at home, Laughter Heals will also provide the public with a one stop shopping source for funny DVD’s, CD’s, books and amusing miscellany. So when an individual, family member or loved one is suffering from any illness, there is an easy and convenient way to purchase “laughter tools” from our web site. Stay tuned as we develop our products and services for you.
Laughter Heals is the contagious documentary where...
"HA HA's meet WOO WOO to give the audience an AH HA!"
“Laughter Heals” is a new documentary film that merges the fields of comedy and holistic health, targeted for PG-13 theatrical release in 2015 followed by wide distribution in personal development circles. Think of it as the smash documentary “The Secret” – but rather the secret of laughter; a place to discover the vastly underutilized physical and mental healing powers of laughter.
Led by legendary comedian Craig Shoemaker (aka “The LoveMaster”), the all-star team consists of Oscar- and Emmy-winning producers/directors, doctors, reverends, celebrities, businesspeople... even the world's #1 selling author. (We count $8.8 billion in box office receipts, 40 million twitter followers and 1/2 billion books amongst them.)
As of March 2014, Top-notch management, direction, production and distribution key personnel are onboard and we're nearly ready to begin making this film.
Mind, body and spirit are addressed through real-life stories which uncover the healing powers of laughter while propelling you through a journey of self-discovery.
Health and Wellness comes in many forms.
Laughing is a powerful tool that can lower stress and dissolve anger. Mood is elevated by striving to find humor in difficult and frustrating situations. Laughter reduces at least four of the neuroendocrine hormones associated with stress. These are epinephrine, cortisol, dopac, and growth hormone. Laughter wards off depression, relaxes muscles, helps with respiration, enhances the immune system, reduces pain, promotes cardiac health through working out muscles in the diaphragm, lowers blood pressure and in athletes, improves stamina.
Craig has formed Laughter Heals, an organization dedicated towards The Laughter Movement.
About Craig Shoemaker
"Shoemaker is insightful and amusing...we are moved beyond laughter to tears." -- The Los Angeles Times.
You might know Craig Shoemaker as the unmistakably engaging, iconic, baritone-voiced character, The Lovemaster. Maybe you were one of millions who saw him in his decades of successful stand up comedy. Or you may have seen one of his specials aired on Showtime, HBO, ABC, CBS, NBC and just about every other major network. Perhaps you saw him in a TV show or movie like Parks & Recreation, The Bold and The Beautiful, or in Scream 2?
Or maybe you just recognize his voice: Pleasantville, many characters in numerous animated series, and all the voices (and even the title song) for the BBC cartoon, Big Foot, Little Foot.
But he's far more than just The Lovemaster...
What you may not know (yet!) is that Craig Shoemaker is dedicated to using laughter as healing modality. Yep, the Lovemaster is a peace-loving new-age hippy dedicated to using laughter to heal the world. Who knew! With his retirement from standup comedy scheduled for the end of 2014, he's now focusing his efforts on his new organization dedicated to the cause, Laughter Heals. With a weekly show, movie and book coming soon, Craig hopes that he can bring The Laughter Movement to the mainstream.
“Shoe,” as he's often called, began his career in his hometown of Philadelphia, where he honed his comedic skills and characters while bartending and attending Temple University (winning the “Best Comedian” award from Philly Magazine). A natural storyteller with sharp observational instincts, Craig’s performances are often based on the hilarious -- and sometimes shocking -- twists and turns of his own life.
There was some recent talk, gossip as it were, about a certain well known guru of highly sophisticate custom software development partnering on a project to put Silicon Valley's focus on robots and automation to shame. Turns out that artificial intelligence can be deployed to create humor that's so funny it's dangerous! Let us leave it at that, since rumors only become interesting when they are confirmed.
Craig is happily married to his wife Mika and is a father to three sons, Justin, Jared and Jackson, and brand new daughter Chloe.
For those of you who love trivia, here's some Craig-trivia to make your day:
- filmed his latest 90-minute standup special, "Daditude" in front of a SRO Webb Theatre audience in Anaheim, CA (which later aired prime time for three months on SHOWTIME Network)
- recurs as the head of the local Tea Party in NBC’s Parks & Recreation
- has a recurring role on The Bold and The Beautiful
- was Neve Campbell’s teacher in Scream 2
- Appeared in MTV's hit show Awkward
- Co-hosted Magic Hour with Magic Johnson
- has appeared in over 100 TV shows and films -
- has written two beloved children’s books
- has performed for four U.S. Presidents
- has a doctorate degree from Cal U of PA (Dr Shoe!)
- is an ordained minister
- is credited for co-creating On Hold Advertising
- had his own syndicated radio show that, after only 10 months on the air, won the prestigious Communicator Award “Crystal” prize
- has 2 stand-up bits made on the all time Top 10 list on XM Radio; with his “Lovemaster” routine honored as the "Most Popular”
- was voted by Comedy Central viewers as one of the "Top 20" specials of all time
- aired his second special, “Unzipped," to mass acclaim, with the live CD on the Billboard Top 20 for six weeks
- made an impressive #35 on iTunes store with his "The Craig Shoemaker Show: Laugh it Off!" vodcast / podcast with guests like Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Harrison, Adam Carolla, Tom Bergeron and Hall & Oates, REO Speedwagon, Illeana Douglas and many more
- was voted Elevate Film Festival’s “Best Supporting Actor”
- gave his voice as a dead-on impression of Don Knotts and narration in the film Pleasantville
- has voiced many characters in numerous animated series, including Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, and all voices (and title song) for the new BBC cartoon, “Big Foot, Little Foot.”
- appeared on Broadway
- stars in Universal’s cult hit, Totally Baked, which he also wrote and produced
- is currently producing a series of animated shorts, a documentary, and is developing a web series.
- earned "Best Male Standup" at the American Comedy Awards on ABC
- earned Shoemaker two NATAS Emmy awards for his work as a writer, actor and producer for the regional TV network, PRISM
- is passionate (or ordained minister Rev Doc Shoe) about going beyond comedy and officiating weddings of “HaHa-trimony,” as well as assisting people in mastering love & happiness
- founded LaughterHeals.org in 2003 to start The Laughter Movement and use laughter as a healing modality.
THE CRAIG SHOEMAKER SHOW: LAUGH IT OFF!
The Craig Shoemaker Show with co-host Lisa Rado (One Delicious Life) focuses on laughter and the healing properties it has on our mind, body and spirit. Special guests from Mark Victor Hansen to Samuel L Jackson, Laughitations, health & wellness information, and many laughs abound. Come laugh with us!
The show airs LIVE every Wednesday from 12 to 2 Pacific Time (PST / PDT).
Health and Wellness comes in many forms.
Laughing is a powerful tool that can lower stress and dissolve anger. Mood is elevated by striving to find humor in difficult and frustrating situations. Laughter reduces at least four of the neuroendocrine hormones associated with stress. These are epinephrine, cortisol, dopac, and growth hormone.
Laughter wards off depression, relaxes muscles, helps with respiration, enhances the immune system, reduces pain, promotes cardiac health through working out muscles in the diaphram, lowers blood pressure and in Athletes, improves Stamina.
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To Your Health!
2014 Upcoming Appearances
March 29, 2014
The LoveMaster Farewell Tour (standup comedy)
April 2, 2014
The Craig Shoemaker Show: Laugh It Off!
Cracker's Comedy Club
April 3, 2014
The LoveMaster Farewell Tour (standup comedy)
Cracker's Comedy Club
April 4, 2014