In 2018, after her mother became depressed facing Alzheimer’s, our founder and CEO Dani Klein Modisett had the idea to hire a professional comedian to cheer her up. It worked! The quality of the end of her mother’s life was transformed, thanks to the connection that was created through laughter. Her mother started eating again, joining in with her community, and even singing. Modisett sensed that this breakthrough would serve others.
She wrote an article about the experience for AARP and received hundreds of requests to connect comedians to loved ones around the world who were feeling isolated by Alzheimer’s. This inspired her to launch Laughter On Call, initially pairing comedians with Alzheimer’s patients and quickly expanding to training for healthcare workers and families in simple comedians’ tools to help mitigate feelings of isolation. Then COVID-19 hit, and the whole world became isolated. Modisett had another light-bulb moment. Using the comedy prompts and Improv skills they relied on, she and her team developed virtual programming to give people around the world the comic relief they were craving.
In the past 2 years, LOC has facilitated over 500 events for Fortune 500 companies, mid-size businesses, universities, healthcare workers, and families worldwide – virtually and in person. All sessions deliver the much-needed feeling of belonging by using humor, embracing vulnerability, and encouraging inclusivity and interactivity. A WBEC-West certified company, our programs are run by a diverse group of professional comedians who make the distinction between “laughing with” and “laughing at.” We use affiliative humor, proven to bring people together, lend perspective, and introduce levity to any situation. As Modisett noted in a recent Wall St. Journal article,