As a marketer, networker, and genetically destined promoter, I love to entertain. To bring friends together and cultivate new relationships between people from different parts of my life stimulates me. A collegue and I were joking around the other day and inked an invite list to our dream dinner party.

What started out as documentation of unique and rogue individuals that somehow represent various parts of my soul,  manifested into a conversation ABOUT THE COUNTRY’S LOVE AFFAIR WITH FUNNY!

While the below individuals are fearlessly themselves, and bravely machete through the fields of life to blaze their own trail, the other similarity is that most are funny, jovial and lighthearted! Although we don’t know them, we feel connected. I wouldn’t be surprised if a number of these would be on your list.

Vail Duggan’s Dream Dinner Party:

  • Jimmy Fallon (w/ The Roots)
  • Drew Berrymore
  • Steve Martin (w/ Instrument)
  • Bryan Cranston
  • Willie Nelson (w/ Instrument)
  • Zooey Deschanel
  • Bill Murray
  • Justin Timberlake
  • Richard Branston
  • Uma Thurman
  • All my best girlfriends

What makes a person so likeable? Why does the world have a love affair with Jimmy Fallon, Bill Murray and Justin Timberlake?  According to Dale Carnegie‘s best seller, How to Win Friends and Influence People, People like you because…

  1. You appear genuinely interested in them
  2. You Smile
  3. Your a good listener and encourage others to talk about themselves
  4. Talk in terms of the other person’s interests
  5. Make the other person feel important – and do so sincerely

According to scientists,  different chemicals are released when being tickled vs. laughing at or with someone. With this in mind, funny ads, funny people, actually activate another part of our brain than serious advertisements or serious people. While this seems like common sense, laughing while being tickled could have both positive and negative effects, where as social laughter can modify and influence our behaivors and attitude.

According to Tony Robbins, Emotion is the force of life”, If you have emotion you can get through to anyone. This is the ultimate resource and shapes how we make decisions.

So according to scientists, performance strategists, comedians, and strategists. Laughter and humor are not only the best medicine, they move us, influence us and fill one of our strongest human needs to FEEL and CONNECT!





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