Craig Shoemaker is a modern day Renaissance man. Best known for his engaging, relatable standup and iconic baritone-voiced character, The Lovemaster, Craig is far more than the jokes he tells on stage. He has shot multiple stand-up specials for TV, starred in numerous films and television shows, written two children's books, performed for four U.S. Presidents, has a doctorate degree and is even an ordained minister. His comedy stylings have earned him numerous awards throughout his extensive career, including Comedian of the Year at ABC's American Comedy Awards and two Emmy Awards. Dr. Shoemaker is passionate about using his celebrity to help those in need. In 2003, he founded the Laughter Heals Foundation, a nonprofit group dedicated to raising awareness of the healing powers of laughter. Currently, Craig is producing and writing a feature documentary called Live to Laugh along with Mark Harris and Dr. Michael Beckwith.In this TEDxOjaiChange talk Craig Shoemaker is sharing an incredible talk that makes you laugh and cry at the same time: "Laughter Heals". Special thanks to Jim Law for the videotaping and Julia Green for the video editing as well as to all sponsors, supporters and volunteers including Diane Silvester & Soul Centered, Mary Trudeau & Rainbow Bridge, Oracio Casillas & Coastal Graphics, Mikki Willis & Elevate, Jodi Womack & No More Nylons, Darina Stoyanova & The Surprise FoundationIn the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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