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Healthy Weekend: Funny Business

Posted Oct 09 2009 10:03pm

There are few things I stand for as resolutely as appropriate use of the acronym LOL. I do not ever type “LOL” unless I am literally laughing out loud. I hate when people say “lol” and I just know they aren’t laughing. These people…are liars.

I literally LOL on a regular basis; I know my family often hears me alone in my room and wonders what on earth is so funny. There are so just many things…from YouTube videos to “Modern Family” to Texts From Last Night to the opening scene of “The Office” last night to my hilarious friends, there’s a lot of funny shit in the world! I’m pretty easy to crack up. Total strangers must see me in the mall, grinning at my Blackberry like a fool, but what can I say? I live for the LOL. And while I love to LOL, I get an unbelievable amount of satisfaction from getting other people to literally LOL. Just tell me you’re some place where you need to be quiet and focused, and I’ll do everything in my power to get a guffaw to slip out.

And while “laughter is the best medicine,” is so cliche, the health benefits of laughter are no joke! According to Web MD, you change physiologically when you laugh. Laughing stretches muscles throughout your face and body, raises pulse and blood pressure, increases breathing, and sends oxygen to your tissues. It may also increase immunity and help us sleep better at night. Most importantly, it’s usually a social activity, and good friends who make us feel good definitely improve our quality of life.

My NYC roommate and I used to say to each other, when discussing plans, “Would you like to laugh this weekend?” “Why yes, I would very much love to laugh this weekend!” Once we’d agreed that we’d like to laugh, we’d try to find some sort of comedy show to attend. And no matter how small or obscure, they were always fantastic! It would put me in a good mood for the rest of the week.

So, this weekend, unleash some literal LOLs. Even in Michigan, there are stand-up venues and improv theaters everywhere. If you can’t get to a live show, rent a movie that never fails to make you laugh out loud (Will Ferrell marathon, anyone?) or Hulu the season opener of “Family Guy.” And if you haven’t read it yet, check out Chelsea Handler’s book “Are You There Vodka? It’s Me Chelsea”…there’s an LOL on every page.

I am planning to LOL tonight at the new movie “Couples Retreat.” And Tuesday I’m probably going to literally pee my pants because I am seeing my all-time favorite comedian David Cross in Ann Arbor…I am SO excited! Also known as Tobias on the LOL-a-minute show “Arrested Development,” David Cross is just so insanely funny. If you want to LOL right now and have 99 cents to spare, please go to Amazon and download “Fake Tits/Real Beer” from his comedy album Shut Up, You Fucking Baby. Not only does the Ricky Henderson bit make my life complete, he also takes on misuse of the word “literally.” Misusing the world “literally” (yeah, I’m talking to you, Rachel Zoe) is almost as bad as lying about LOLing. This awesome/ridiculous 6-minute bit makes me LOL every damn time. Literally.

Have a great day!

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