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"It was really a great pleasure to have you speak at our Cardiovascular Symposium. We can all get a bit serious and tunnel-visioned in terms of our professions and you gave us a very nice perspective from the view of the patient. Your performance really lightened the atmosphere of the conference; there were several cardiologist at my table that were bent over double laughing! I still smile every time I hear the words 'groin area.' It was especially nice to hear that you made so many personal connections during your hospitalization and had such a caring experience. No doubt that mostly was in response to your warm personality but it is always nice to hear that our endeavors are appreciated. Thank you so much for being part of our day and I hope our paths cross again in the future." - Sudeshna
Sudeshna Banerjee, MD Cardiology/Interventional Cardiology

Funny as a Heart Attack

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.

In addition to telling jokes, he’s kept busy selling jokes. He was a writer for Jay Leno, and The Tonight Show, for 20 years.

He’s recently combined his skills as a speaker, comedian, and writer, with his lifetime battle with depression to create comedy as a vehicle for social change. He uses comedy to give mental health consumers a powerful voice and help reduce the stigma and discrimination around mental illness. The idea is that laughing at our setbacks raises us above them. It makes people go from despair to hope, and hope is crucial to anyone struggling with adversity. Studies prove that hopeful people are more resilient and also tend to live longer, healthier lives. Customized presentations are available for healthcare groups, corporations, associations, colleges and universities.

To learn more about his progam, view the TED Talk video on this page.

Most Popular Topics:

Funny as a Heart Attack

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Bypassing the Bypass

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Everything I Need To Know I Learned from a Nurse

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A Matter of Laugh or Death

(TED talk, see video)

Where there’s humor there’s hope, where there’s laughter there’s life, nobody dies laughing.


Standup Comedy for Mental Health

Using comedy to give mental health consumers a powerful voice and help reduce the stigma and discrimination around mental illness.


The Creation Theory

Laugh and Learn How to Tap into your God-Given Source of Creativity and Innovative Thinking


Who Moved My Trophy

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Bareknuckled Networking

Laugh and Learn the Top 10 Traits of a Master Networker


Shift Happens

Laugh and Learn the 5 Stages of Change and How to Use Humor to Survive ‘em.


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