A. The Essence of Lenny's Shows... in 2 Words: Comedy Nostalgia!
B. The Outcomes Which Lenny Delivers and the Audience Experiences: Happiness!
- Cognitive: Your audience actively recalls countless comedy personalities and memories.
- Visceral: Your audience is immersed in a deeply-felt, positive emotional experience.
- Social: Laughter is a social contagion. This joyful experience is shared with others.
In Lenny's nationally-popular program, "100 Years of Comedy!" (see video above), the audience enjoys an entertaining, fun and
fast-paced trip down comedy's Memory Lane. Lenny serves as your tour guide, driving the comedy bus on a highly interactive,
nostalgic look back to a time when the best comedy was funny and clean!
From Vaudeville, Broadway, Night Clubs and Radio to the Silver Screen, Records and Television, audiences genuinely light up as Lenny spotlights all of the great laugh-makers of the past 100 years, such as Charlie Chaplin, Laurel & Hardy, Buster Keaton, Mae West, W.C. Fields, Jack Benny, Bob Hope, Lucy, The Marx Brothers, George Burns & Gracie Allen, Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Jimmy Durante, Red Skelton, Phyllis Diller, Jackie Gleason, Victor Borge, Joan Rivers, Johnny Carson, Carol Burnett and so many more.
Photo courtesy of Bill Erlacher
Additional program episodes include, "The Great Comic Actors," "The Great Ladies of Comedy," "Comedy Comes of Age" and "What's
with Jews & Comedy?" Interested in an even bigger show to entertain and delight a large audience (and to perhaps serve as a fundraiser)? Lenny is often joined on stage by his piano accompanist and Musical Director, Bob Vogel. These "main events" combine a piano concert with the sharing of classic, clean comedy history. Lenny and Bob also team up for more musical fun with audiences in their "Love Song Sing-Along," "The Music of Tin Pan Alley" and "Theme Songs of the Great Comedians."
Lenny is an entertaining, content-rich, comedy historian. When booked as a "Scholar-in-Residence" or an "Artist-in-Residence" by congregations or other interested organizations, Lenny's clients host a multi-day, multi-dimensional event involving a facilitated classroom experience, discussion dinners, and then a "live" performance for the broader community (a great opportunity for fundraising, marketing outreach and sponsorship). These customized, extended engagements allow for in-depth exploration and discussion of comedy and humor's role in our society, far beyond just the celebrity perspective. Lenny's "Scholar-in-Residence" and "Artist-in-Residence" programs are generally underwritten and/or sponsored.
"Lenny, your mission and your mirthful message is a mitzvah! The wonderful show you
recently performed for our congregation was something truly unique, refreshing and
uplifting. I give it 3 E’s… it was thoroughly Enjoyable, most Entertaining and it was
delightfully Educational! Your seamless blending of wit, wisdom, nostalgia and music
made for a full performance, in every sense of the word. And, on an even deeper level,
the 'gift' you gave us was clean, comic therapy; a positive, joyful experience for us all
to share; something we could use more of these days."
- Ezra Habonim - Niles Township Jewish Congregation (Skokie, IL)
"We were delighted to spend our afternoon in such an engaging, fun and nostalgic way.
Lenny's positive personality is infectious; his presentation is entertaining and informative." - The Glenridge at Palmer Ranch (Sarasota, FL)
"Our Women's Club luncheon was 4 days ago and I'm still getting rave reviews! The
ladies were crazy about Lenny and had so much FUN!"
- Boca Woods Country Club (Boca Raton, FL)
"Immensely entertaining, interactive, informative, humorous, nostalgic and so much more!
You related so well to our audience and were the most friendly guest speaker we have ever
had. Club members approached me right after your program ended and they unequivocally
want to have you back for Part 2. It was a great pleasure to meet you and it was truly an
honor to have such a talented guest speaker."
- Bellaggio (Lake Worth, FL)
Let us help you find the right program that best fits your needs (and your budget). For over 30 years, Lenny has worked many types of events... appearing in many types of venues... performing for many types of audiences!
For a variety of wellness and corporate audiences, Lenny's "Healthy Humor: Are You Serious?" offers a non-threatening and much-needed prescription of therapeutic humor and laughter. Wellness audiences and healthcare professionals laugh as they learn about the evidence-based benefits of healthy, therapeutic humor and laughter. Remembering (and sometimes, out of necessity, relying upon) one's sense of humor is serious medicine in the healing and coping process. The term "wellness" describes a state of balance, both in physical health and in emotional quality-of-life... for individuals and organizations alike. It is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a more successful, enjoyable existence.
The feedback Lenny receives is powerful and poignant.
"A standing ovation - rare for a speaker!"
- Broken Sound Club, Boca Raton
"Refreshing, uplifting, fascinating and practical - just what we needed! Great inter-
action and connection with the audience."
- P & G International Transferees, Inc.
"Lenny created a wonderful feeling in what is often a very uneasy environment."
- The Wellness Community
"Lenny's presentation was a great addition to our company-wide symposium!"
- Metro Heart Group (St. Louis)
- Seacrest Village & San Diego JCC Seniors
"Lenny did a great job kicking-off our conference with a presentation that was both
entertaining and informative!"
- WISCPHR Annual Meeting
"This guy really gets it!"
- Caring Clowns International
Lenny is Past President of AATH - The Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor. The mission of this international organization (founded in 1987) is "To serve as the community of professionals who study, practice and promote healthy humor and laughter."
The emerging field of therapeutic humor gains increased recognition and respect with each new evidence-based research study. Humor, laughter and a positive attitude have been shown to cause behavioral changes known to reduce stress hormone levels and boost the body's immune system response. This, in turn, helps to fight the effects of chronic illnesses such as cancer and heart disease.
Speaking from first-hand experience, Lenny attests, "If you're going to have
a heart attack, you might as well find some humor in it... and I made sure
that I did!" Lenny believes that people going through the healing process
need a break from a barrage of what he calls "symptom seminars and mold
He explains, "A lot of people are 'hurting,' both literally and figuratively.
They're coping with a wide variety of life challenges such as serious illness
or a recent loss. I think there comes a point where medical techno-jargon
creates a genuine sense of numbness. Every so often, people just need to
relax, have a few good laughs and forget about things for a while... or at
least see them from a different, lighter perspective."
HOW TO USE THESE PROGRAMS
Countless times, we've heard, "Our people are under a lot of stress and they
really could use an opportunity to lighten up a bit and have a few laughs!"
As a result, a number of organizations have invited us to speak at their
meetings, training sessions, conferences and conventions for the simple fact
that our program sounds like something fun and different - and it is!
Photo courtesy of Bill Erlacher
We're flexible... so bend us! For "The Wellness Community," we customized
a presentation entitled, "Humor, Laughter, Life and Cancer!" A similar program was developed for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. These events were emotionally-charged with lots of laughs, lots of tears, lots of hugs, lots of people and a very positive release of energy. The intensity of those moments will resonate for a long, long time.
We're flexible... so bend us! For "The Wellness Community," we customized a presentation entitled, "Humor, Laughter, Life and Cancer!" A similar program was developed for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. These events were emotionally-charged with lots of laughs, lots of tears, lots of hugs, lots of people and a very positive release of energy. The intensity of those moments will resonate for a long, long time.
Forget the medical textbook terminology! Forget the statistics, charts and graphs! And most of all... forget the podium! Lenny skillfully creates a relaxed, interactive environment. Most people want to learn, but they also want to be entertained and have some fun in the process! So, why not give them both? The content of Lenny's programs is informative and thought-provoking. But, he also subscribes to the theory that learning can be and should be FUN!
'Lenny moves people through a range of human emotions, giving them the
perspective that truly living is experiencing everything and then choosing
one's own response. Lenny's special gift is in delivering this message in
such an enjoyable, gentle and lighthearted way.'
'Nothing kicks you out of your comfort zone like cancer. Laughter and
optimism are key. Your message to me was strong - I am not alone.'
'It is my husband who has cancer, but Lenny's program was therapeutic for
'Lenny spoke directly to my current issues - fear of the unknown, the
importance of my support team, the value of looking at my situation from
a different angle.'
'Cancer doesn't have to consume me. Laughter and positive thinking can
relieve a lot of the stress.'
'Lenny, your timeless wisdom has helped me to finally identify my fear.'
'The thoughts, feelings and emotions expressed today by many in the group have given me a better understanding of the cancer experience.'
'Lenny was able to foster community, enhance understanding, and promote giggling. There was laughter, a welcomed sense
of playfulness, and a palpable energy of camaraderie. I hope Lenny continues to reach out to people who so desperately need
to hear this uplifting message.'
'Lenny is warm and sensitive and it shines through in his work.'
'My attitude and perspective can either help or hinder my recovery process. We need more programs like this!'
'Lenny's responsiveness to the crowd and his sensitivity to the trials of the cancer experience made this program a tremendous
'Lenny helped me see how much I need to eliminate the toxic negativity and fear in my life. I truly needed this program. It
lifted my spirits and fed my soul.'