Reprinted excerpt from
Out On the Town
The Professor of FUN
By Mike Vagnoni
"Prof." Tommy Moore & Soupy Sales
…and so Tommy Moore, The Professor of Fun, steeped
in the family-friendly, funny tradition of Red Skelton, Bob Hope,
George Burns, Soupy Sales, and scores of others he's met on the
road to laughter, brings cheer to Corporate America, reducing stress
with every smile.
But is he ever serious?
"With the tragedy of September 11th, 2001, the
world became a much more serious place," says Moore. "It was filled
with sadness, anger, worries, frustration, and fears."
Two nights later, Sept. 13th, Tommy Moore was booked
to do a humor presentation at an awards banquet. When asked by the
chairperson how he thought it would go, Tommy wasn't worried. Years
before he had done a similar one on the evening of the beginning
of Desert Storm. He knew the response would be the same.
On Sept. 13th, Tommy got a standing ovation . The
one most repeated comment after that presentation was, "Thanks,
we needed that!" And that has been the response every night
People need laughter. Especially now. Not a cynical,
bitter, malicious laughter - but a light, playful, "fun" laughter.
Minnie Pearl said, "Laughter is God's hand on a
Bill Cosby said, "You can turn a painful situation around through
Ready to do a show at a Christmas office party,
the mood seemed dark and somber. The president came to Tommy and
said, "Please make these people laugh. I had to tell them last week
that I'd be going into the hospital over the holiday for cancer
surgery." She repeated, "Please, make them laugh!" Tommy said, "Can
I bring you up and have fun with you?" She said, "Absolutely!" Another
A Chinese proverb says, "One joy scatters a hundred
Napoleon said, "A leader is a dealer in hope."
It was a Fortune 500 Company. Arriving early, Tommy
was asked by the coordinator if he could go on at the beginning
of the meeting instead of at the end, as planned. The coordinator
said, "I'll tell you why later!"
Tommy said, "Fine." When he came off, 45 minutes
later, the company president handed him a bonus, and said, "I can't
pay you enough for what you just did! We'll tell you now why we
wanted you to go on first. We were afraid to tell you, but you were
walking into an ambush. The people in this room hated each other.
This morning's meeting broke into a huge disagreement, and almost
physical violence. These people didn't want to be here. I knew the
only hope in getting anything done was to get them laughing. You
did it. You made them smile, then laugh, and by the end of your
program, you had them hugging each other. I repeat - I cannot pay
you, or thank you enough!"
Mother Theresa said, "Peace begins with a smile."
Author, Robert Orben said, "If you can laugh together, you can work
Laughter cuts across all boundaries of race, religion,
sex, and socio-economic status. It brings people together, it re-vitalizes,
and it rejuvenates. It is not frivolous - it is necessary. Think
back in your own life, I'll bet you fondly remember the people who
always made you laugh.
I'll leave you with one last quote - "We
all live with the same objective of being happy : our lives are
all different, and yet the same." - Anne Frank