YOU JUST HAVE TO LAUGH (YJHTL) David Naster learned and survived how to make a living as a professional comedian. Then the comedian learned how Humor and Laugher helps us to survive. For 43 years Naster has interviewed hundreds of real people that are really funny in situations that are NOT funny. The YJHTL’s podcast intentions are to entertain and inspire how humor can help you through any Tough Time you may endure. Each week we will offer real people who are really funny that have found joy and laughed through their real problems.
Thom Albers is the husband of a police officer. He is also a police officer himself who served in the Marines and Army. Thom explains what it's like to be a police office for him and his wife in these times of law enforcement hatred. Thom also explains the huge responsibility it takes for anyone to own a gun. If you have ever thought or thinking about owning a gun - this is a must listen.
Four Soccer/Baseballs moms who are married with husbands, explore the paranormal. Yes, these real life ghostbusters tell their true stories of real paranormal experiences. Guaranteed goosebumps and guaranteed laughes. Sre and hear more on Instagram, Twitter and facebook - @ghostmomskc
Sinbad talks candidly about race in America, Bill Cosby and the fun he still has as he continues to perform live all over America. David Naster and Sinbad doing some great reminiscing about their humble beginnings in show business and friendship for over 40 years.
Sinbad gets personal and honest of his life and career. He also shares his great show business stories. Sinbad and I (David Naster) have been friends for over 39 years. We talk about his humble beginnings and our great friendship.
Anthony Capra is a supercharged human being. He served in Afghanistan as a Marine. He is opinionated, raw and wears his heart on his sleeve. He takes us right into being a Marine and what really happened in war. His language is as real as what he experienced in war. Anthony found the ways humor made the tragedies of war survivable, proving why You Just Have to Laugh.
Eli and Susan Goldstein got married and moved from New York to Arizona. Within two weeks, Susan discovered she had a brain tumor and then had a stroke. Eli was encouraged by Susan, friends and family to leave her. He said, " Nope, I made a deal - through sickness and in health. For 15 years Eli has been Susan's only caregiver. He takes care of every detail of Susan's needs, from the morning she wakes up to even taking her to the toilet two times a night. With Susan's permission, Eli shares the meaning of love with humor and rigorous honesty. Oh by the way, on top of all of his caregiving 24/7 for 15 years, he dealt with his drinking addiction and is now clean and sober. These are truly two amazing people we would like you to meet.
Greg Thomas's message and book, "Race in America : A Call to Heal”, is exactly what we all need to hear now. Greg’s overcoming professional and business adversity is inspiring as well as educational for everyone. His passion for coaching and helping kids has never stopped for over 40 years. Greg was a junior Olympic All-American wrestler, two-time All-American Champion wrestler, and a member of the UCM Wrestling Hall of Fame. He travels the country doing clinics and speaking to various organizations on issues of race & making good choices.
Doc has been sober for over 46 years. He gives us heartfelt, honest and practical insights on how to deal with someone you know with an addiction.
Doc is NAVY veteran. He has worked as a Chaplain for police, fire departments and military for over 12 years. His “Heroes At Home" is a program that honors fellow veterans and their families for the services they gave. Doc also earned a master's degree in Psychology, and a Doctorate in Theology. He later became the Clinical Director for a local mental health agency running five programs. All of this, after he became sober.
Doc states, “My garbage has turned into a treasure chest, and I am now a citizen in my community that can be valued. The truth is I was only following my instructions from a loving and all-powerful God. Now, I get to be that person.
Ward "Scarman" Foley, "One of my greatest accomplishments in life was not overcoming my birth defects from arthrogryposis and the ensuing physical pain from surgeries and assorted mishaps, but surviving the accompanying bullying and humiliation and ultimately learning how to accept and to love myself. Scarman is about empowering children and adults alike to see a glimmer of hope in the darkest of places. Especially from within. We all have scars, some you can see and some you can’t. Helping others to feel so-called normal just the way they are. Being proud of themselves, their struggles and every single scar. Spreading a message of hope, courage and self-acceptance while providing support, friendship and unconditional love."
Greg Vaughn beat colon cancer - TWICE. His will to live and help others do the same, is his purpose in life. His quiet dememanor is as inspiring as his numerous 100 mile marathons he has run. Greg explains how to remove life debilitating thoughts when going through cancer - and humor is THE best way to do it. He works with FightCRC.org to bring more awareness to colon cancer. Find Greg Vaughn and read his inspiring #tolife messages on facebook. He also strongly suggests - GET A COLONOSCOPY. It can and will save your life.
David Rule got a brain tumor at age 18. His mom, Patti Rule, lost a baby, 4 years before. How could humor or laughter be remotely possible in these situations? Mother and son will not only tell you HOW humor them get through it, they'll tell you WHY we all have to find the way to laugh through the life's most dufficult times.
Bernie DeKoven was an American game designer, author, lecture and fun theorist. Over the course of his 45-year career he explored how fun and playfulness can positively affect every aspect of personal and interpersonal, community and institutional health. He authored The Well-Played Game (originally published by Doubleday in 1978 and reissued in 2013 by MIT Press) as well as Junkyard Sports, A Playful Path (over 654,000 downloads), and a CD Recess for the Soul, demonstrating how to have more fun in your inner playground.
Bullying can be a gift? Are your crazy? Not at all. Tan Nguyen was 4 years old when his family fled Vietnam. Once arriving in America, Tan was bullied, made fun of and had to fight his way to school everyday, literally. Today Tan Nguyen is a very successful business man and boldy states, "What he learned through getting bullied, he uses in the board rooms today." A must listen for people of all ages.
The intention of this podcast is to help us all get through the emotional state of the Corona Virus scare. Walter David Disney is a Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist. After serving 13 years in the US Navy SEALs at SEAL Team 3 in Coronado California, he returned to Kansas City begin his private practice. Walt has been a provider for approximately 500 Veterans and First Responders to recover from PTSD through a holistic, community-based approaches in various organizations. He has Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy.
Danny Black lives the value at laughing at yourself. He implements it every day in his professional and personal life. At 4’ 2” tall, Danny is a giant in the hearts of people who have met him or know him. He is funny, caring and keenly aware of his purpose in life. More about Danny Black at shortdwarf.com.
Dr. Chris Celio, PSYD, is a Clinical Psychologist specialist. He has over 12 years of diverse experience, especially in Clinical Psychologist. Chris proves what you think is wrong with you or a what you think is your short-coming is your gift to give to humanity. Dr. Chris Celio stutters. It doesn't define him, it actually helps his clients open up to him. Chris explains the value humor and laughter can have in getting through suicidal tendencies and depression. Dr. Celio also proves when you laugh at yourself you heal yourself.
WARNING!! This episode and may be offensive to some. Will C talks candidly of the abuse he suffered as a child and the horrific scenes of war he endured. Both Will C and David joke about them explaining the importance humor brings in turning down the intensity of emotions.
ABOUT WILL C - After serving in the Marine Corps, Army and Air Force Will C hit the road making people laugh. He has traveled the United States as a comedian and has performed all over the world with the USO and Armed Forces Entertainment .
As an actor you may have seen Will in Yes Man, Seven Pounds, Never Surrender, Article 99, and Mr. and Mrs. Bridge, Christmas, Hail Caesar, Wizards Dream, The Vatican Files, Purge 2, Gone Girl, and Revival. He has been featured on TV’s Modern Family, MOM, Hello Ladies, Monk, and Family Jewels.
Will C founded the Veterans of Comedy in 2014 and continues performing and raising awareness for the troops. AGAIN, this podcast is raw because of Will C’’s talking about the real abuse he suffered – then jokes about. He teaches us, you can use humor to get through the horrific events of war and child abuse.
On January 12, 1966 Dave Stevens was born without hips or legs. He has two flipper-like appendages extending from his torso. As a youngster, Dave was determined to play sports. In elementary and high school, with the support of his parents and coaches, Dave played able-bodied sports. He went on to play sports in college, later trying out for professional sports teams. Dave also had successful career at ESPN earning him numerous Emmy’s.
Dave Stevens is a world-class motivational speaker. He continues to work with kids, Wounded Warriors and has three incredible young men. Dave understands how humor breaks down people’s walls of doubt, to lasting, inspiring relationships. You will also hear in this podcast, Dave Stevens is a very funny man.
Max Deweese is 99 years old. He still drives. His wit is as sharp as a Samurai’s
Sword. Max served in the Marines during World War 2. He is highly concerned the freedom he and his other veterans fought for are being lost these days.
Max takes us right into what is was like to serve in the South Pacific during war times. He also explains in detail why the United States dropped the Atomic bomb. The highlight of this interview is when Max explains what the flag means to him and his love of the United States of America.
This is a very special podcast. Mike Mercer served in the army in many capacities, many he cannot talk about. Not because it bothers him, but because he did some very unique missions, that many call “Special Ops.” He is legally sworn to never talk about them but does explain the effect they have had on him physically and emotionally. What makes this podcast so unique is Mike explains the value God serves to him and other veterans. Like humor and laughing, God brings the light of healing and dealing with what combat veterans have experienced.
Mike is quite candid about his very difficult childhood. He shares how God was always with him, but many times he didn't pay attention to it. Mike graciously shares the defining moment his life change to finally pay attention. Mike Mercer is a good man as he continues to help his fellow veterans pay attention to their spiritual connection.
if you are a sports fan you are going to love this podcast. Bob Gretz tells us about his years with the Kansas City Chiefs and stories including Lamar Hunt, Len Dawson, Derrick Thomas, Marty Schottenheimer, Hank Stram, Carl Peterson, Joe Montana, Chiefs Training camps and much, much more. Bob is American sportswriter and broadcaster. He also covered the Steelers for The Tribune-Democrat in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. so his stories about Terry Bradshaw, Mean Joe Greene and Jack Lambert are one of a kind because Bob Gretz was there and witnessed them.
Bob Gretz has been honored by the Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE) and the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA). He joined the Chiefs Radio Network broadcast team in 1990 and was the pre-game host and sideline reporter until 2008.
The picture is Bob with Derrick Thomas.
Raised in poverty and a history of brokenness, Jeff Lee carried on his family traditions with years of drug addiction, gangs, crime and violence. Having spent many years in and out of jails & prisons, Jeff's last prison sentence was at the United States Penitentiary Leavenworth. After being released from incarceration he joined Connections To Success constructing futures program. His first job was in carpentry that began his pathway to success. Jeff is now a licensed minister and a homeless outreach director. One of his greatest joys is sharing his dad jokes with his 3 kids. His wife, Beki, is a PhD student who is passionate about career development for felons and those with substance abuse disorders.
Jeff is quite candid how he got in and out of his destructive choices. Wait till you hear the deciding moment that turned his life around.
Born and raised in Kansas City, MO, Lonnie McFadden is a unique multi-talented performer who sings, tap dances and plays trumpet. Lonnie has traveled the globe performing and representing Kansas City Jazz at major jazz festivals and shows around the world.
Lonnie and his brother Ronald McFadden (The McFadden Brothers) have shared the stage with the biggest names in show business. There greatest joys have come from going to Kuwait and Iraq to entertain the United States Troops. The McFadden Brothers recently received a Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Jazz Museum.
Lonnie's journey of being a jazz musician has focused on, 'You Got to Keep the Gig.' You will thoroughly enjoy the joy he brings to our hearts and ears through his soul, lips and feet.
Dr. Bowen White is a medical doctor and clown extraordinaire. He travels the world bringing joy and medical care to impoverished countries. He does this with his dear friend, Dr. Patch Adams. Patch's clown trips are designed to bring healing through clowning and medical supplies. Their stories are funny, insightful and heart-warming. The heart and care these two friends give to world, will light up your soul.
My intention for this interview was to talk to Dr. Bowen White about his meaningful and playful journey of clowning the world with his great friend, Dr. Patch Adams. Yes, Patch Adams, the man the movie was made about. But NO, as we started the interview, I find out Bowen traveled throughout Europe, Africa then making his way through Asian countries to end up in The Himalayas. For one year, Bowen traveled alone, meeting extraordinary people. He did this with only $1200, a backpack, and a sleeping bag. Nothing was planned - life lessoned learned.
We all love music. It makes us feel good. Hearing one song can literally turn a bad day into a good one. Steve Barrett is here to prove how music can and will heal a seriously damaged emotional soul. Steve is music therapist. Everyday he goes to work helping people simply by listening to and performing music with them, to help heal their troubled hearts. His stories are powerful. His passion is inspiring. His Godly soul is the melody that brings the joy and healing music brings to all of Steve Barret’s clients.
Did you know you need to put sunblock on your face, everyday? Did you also know tanning beds cause serious damage to your skin? Esthetician, Rachel Naster Monley is here to tell you the best way to take care of your skin, especially your face. Rachel loves giving people beautiful skin. This began as a young girl when her life was changed after a facial. Rachel saw how her skin problems were remedied by the Esthetician. She also experienced how it made her feel, great about the way she looked. Rachel’s enthusiasm as a skin care specialist is proven with her commitment to excellence and personalized service, to make each client look good and feel good about their skin.
Yes, Rachel is David’s daughter. He is thrilled to bring her expertise and heart to you. Rachel will you tell both men and women the best way to take care of their skin. The beauty of this podcast is the joy a father and a daughter feel for one another, tears included.
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Aaron Michael Bono is a Marine. He served two deployments. One in Iraq in 2003, on the initial wave. The second, in Afghanistan in 2004. Aaron shares the seriousness of war and and the value humor helps during the reality of combat. He does experience post traumatic stress. With the assistant of his service dog Max, Aaron explains how he still deals with the effects combat has on his civilian life. Aaron has no filter on how uses humor to deal with it, so you have been warned. If you know a vet, if you are one, listen to this and share it. Aaron gives practical advice on how to deal with PTSD in the military.
Larry Flaim, Dave Russell, Mike Higgins and Joe Huber are New York City Firefighters. There were all at Ground Zero after 9/11. They explain why humor helps them do their job better. There is graphic content, which by the way, They show how and why You Just Have To Laugh.
Ginny Tadlock was in a head-on collision with a semi. Firefighter Chris Joiner was burned over 30 percent of his body. His wife Susie thought he was dead. These three extraordinary people will have you laughing in amazement how they found humor in their horrific injuries. Their philosophical insights to surviving their injuries, will also keep you entertained as well as inspired.
Sandy DiGiovanni is hysterical. There is no denying that. And she does that simply by being herself. Sandy takes us through what is like being gay in the Midwest during the 70's. And how it has change to present day. Her authenticity is what makes you fall in love with her. Her humor will make you want to listen a second and third time.
Jack Mandlebaum survived work camps of the Nazis ,during the Holocaust. He did this between ages 14 and 17. His entire family was killed. This is not a movie. This is real. Jack explains no movie even comes close to what really happened at Concentration Camps. He also explains even to this day - humor and laughter helps him to survive.
Dr. Siegel, who prefers to be called Bernie, had his surgical training at Yale New Haven Hospital, West Haven Veteran’s Hospital and the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. He also worked with Elizabeth Kubler Ross on creating the first Hospice in America. Bernie originated Exceptional Cancer Patients, a specific form of individual and group therapy utilizing patients’ drawings, dreams, images and feelings for their physical, spiritual and psychological benefits. This led to his desire to make everyone aware of his or her healing potential. Bernie continues to assist in the breaking of new ground in the field of healing and personally struggling to live the message of kindness and love. Bernie has been named one of the top 20 Spiritually Influential Living People on the Planet by the Watkins Review. He also was named a 2018 V.I.P. Spiritual Leaders Top Pick for his work and lifetime achievements. His prediction is that in the next decade the role of consciousness, spirituality, non-local healing, body memory and heart energy will all be explored as scientific subjects.
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Jim Fussell has Tourette’s. Jim Matovic had Tourette’s and manages it with Deep Brain Stimulation. Jeff is the first person on Planet Earth to have thus procedure successfully done. These two gentlemen have lived a life of physical pain and exhaustion. Emotionally, they have had to deal with ridicule and being laughed at. Through it all, they still have a sense of humor and show us how they have laugh through it all. Because, "If you laugh at yourself, you heal yourself."
A fun departure from humor and laughter. Learn how to truly take care of your indoor plants to help them grow to their full potential. Just how humor helps us grow and blossom - the same principals apply to growing beautiful houseplants. Jonah from family tree Nursery teaches us how to do just that.
Jessica Clem show us how to have a joyful life even when you are going through Stage 4 Breast Cancer. What an inspiration she is to everybody who enters her fellowship. If you know anyone going through cancer, this a must episode to hear how humor and laughter are critical through the navigation of the emotions of cancer. PLEASE SHARE!!
Caregivers carry the emotional weight of who they are caring for. Nobody looks after the caregiver, so it is imperative the caregiver has the opportunity to release the stress they are carrying. These marvelous people will show how to do that with humor and laughing. We hope it helps it you are or someone you know is a caregiver.
It is with reverence and respect YJHTL offers you this episode. These wonderful people aren’t laughing because someone they loved died. They are laughing because they understand how humor helps us get through grief and onto a joyful life. They will show us how and why. And please remember, it’s okay to laugh with them.
Don Strickland is a man I met on a cruise ship. His humorous insight into how we have overprotectedchildren to the point they can’t take care of themselves when they grow up, is insightful, funny and accurate. You Just have To Laugh is continually committed to helping everyone become and stay Bully-Proof.
Robert Holmstrom was 91 years old when I interviewed him on a cruise ship two years. He is still going strong. Robert shares how humor helped him as a pilot in WW 2 as well as his love of the flag and strong family values. Rarely do we get to meet such an extraordinary man as Robert Holmstrom. What a blessing!
Yes, his real and legal name is King Cole. King approached me after a show to share how humor got him through childhood abuse, cancer and the death of his beloved wife. A truly amazing story with care, kindness and humor despite life’s toughest hardships proving once again why “You Just Have To Laugh.”
I extended an invitation to Dr. Patch Adams to be a part of “You Just Have To Laugh.” He invited me to his home and opened up about who the real PATCH ADAMS is and the wonderful work he does to serve humanity. Patch is candid, sincere and no-nonsense when it comes to living a life of meaning
Sinbad and I used to be roommates. When we were first started out being comedians we spent a lot of time laughing and hanging out. I caught him for this rare interview. He opens up about his most personal feelings of being laughed at by Hollywood and attempt at suicide. He is a funny man, a good man and a great pal.
Steve Rawlings is a world-class and award winning juggler from England. This podcast brings you in on how to become a professional juggler. Being from England, Steve offers his unique showbiz success and as well as his kind humor. When you visit his website, http://steverawlingsjuggler.com you will see why audiences adore his charm and his supreme talent.
Mark Preston is a world-class entertainer. He is an ongoing member of the legendary group The Letterman as well as performing his one-man show all over the world. Besides having an outstanding voice Mark specializes in mentoring upcoming singing artists. This podcast includes his advice and how he worked hard to achieve his success. Mark is also very, very funny. Visit markprestonsinger.com to enjoy more of Mark.
Two young adults explain the symptoms of teenage addiction. They crack open the reasons why they got hooked on drugs and alcohol and how humor and laughing got them out. This is a must watch for every parent and teenager. There is a way out of addiction if you deal with your emotions and realize the humorous part of yourself. Laughing together heals forever.
Finding the humor in any addiction is a major step in working through the reason for the addiction. These 5 funny and insightful people will share why they went to drugs and alcohol to avoid their feelings and how humor and laughter keeps them sober today.
This episode features real people who have used humor and laughter to get through their depression, even suicidal attempts. We at You Just Have To Laugh sincerely hope these fine folks who shared their humorous experiences shine a light on anyone who is going through the darkness of depression.
This is the third part of our Bully-Proof…a solution series. These familiar voices will show you that doing what you love and helping others, creates great self- esteem. Learn how pity doesn’t help and how failure does. It’s our scars that make us who we are, and what leads us to helping others.
This is second episode on how to be Bully-Proof. Standing up for your self is critical to one’s self-esteem and stopping any kind of bullying. These real people show you how and why to stand-up for yourself.
When we laugh at ourselves we heal ourselves. It teaches us to accept ourselves with appreciation and NO shame. This is a must view for EVERYONE to inspire, entertain and teach us the value of not only laughing, but to appreciate the humorous side of our glorious selves.
This first episode of the You Just have To Laugh Podcast series features Dr. Patch Adams, the real man the movies was based on. Patch along with 6 other extraordinary funny people shows us how to keep playful during life’s toughest times. And we mean the TOUGHEST!