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Love to laugh and hear people’s stories?  Do you live in, plan to visit, curious about life in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and looking for things to do besides hiking? Then this is for you. Join host comedian Dawn Davis Womack whose claim to fame is having a son that made it to the NFL. BFFs and strangers alike find she’s light-hearted, genuine, family-oriented and never late for a happy hour! It’s engaging conversations with comedians and other fascinating peeps on faith, comedy, life, fitness, food, drinks and entertainment in the Valley. 

Virginia Is For Laughers with X2 Comedy Virginia Is For Laughers with X2 Comedy

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Love to laugh and hear people’s stories?  Do you live in, plan to visit, curious about life in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and looking for things to do besides hiking? Then this is for you. Join host comedian Dawn Davis Womack whose claim to fame is having a son that made it to the NFL. BFFs and strangers alike find she’s light-hearted, genuine, family-oriented and never late for a happy hour! It’s engaging conversations with comedians and other fascinating peeps on faith, comedy, life, fitness, food, drinks and entertainment in the Valley. 

    The Escape Rooms & VR at Massanutten Resort {Ep 45}

    The Escape Rooms & VR at Massanutten Resort {Ep 45}

    Join us for an upbeat and informative chat about the adventures and fun your crew can have at Massanutten Resort with staff members, Matt Ream and Morgan Mowbray. Hear about the very first Escape Room they had and learn more about the three they have now. Get a more detailed description of each one and find out which ones are more technology based. Listen to the #1 piece of advice they have for you to have the best experience that might surprise you. Hear stories about some of the funniest and strangest things they have seen groups do so far. Find out what happens if a group gets stuck. Hear Dawn’s suggestion for a new “room” that many of the recreational staff have also suggested be next. Discover more about the “cool” VR & racing simulators they have available for you. Find out more about some of the 25 games you can choose from that various ages and fitness levels can enjoy. Plus, hear what they have on their TikTok & more! It’s a fun episode about fun things you can do right here in the Valley. Enjoy! 


    The Escape Rooms & VR at Massanutten Resort

    https://www.massresort.com/play/escape-rooms-VR/

    OR call 540.289.4977 to reserve a time


    Massanutten Resort on Social!

    Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & TikTok : @massresort


    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/MassanuttenResort




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    • 29 min
    Laugher Spotlight! JMU & Second City Student Diana Witt {Ep 44}

    Laugher Spotlight! JMU & Second City Student Diana Witt {Ep 44}

    Join us for a fun upbeat chat and lots of laughs with Diana Witt, a JMU student who recently completed the fall semester studying comedy at The Second City in Chicago! An actress, storyteller, social media specialist and nationally recognized writer, hear what originally sparked Diana’s passion to write and perform comedy. Discover why she picked James Madison University. Listen to her experiences co-producing Zoom comedy shows featuring comedians like Jim Gaffigan and the funny moments that include a Zoom heckler. Discover the fun story about appearing on The Ellen Show. Get her take on the wisdom she gained and “rich” experiences at Second City that rewarded, challenged and inspired her! Plus, don’t miss out on Diana sharing details about her original play, Pseudo Psychic Medium, a play you can see at JMU’s Studio Theater at The Forbes Center of Performing Arts in March 2022! This optimistic and cheerful episode is topped off with the announcement of the Laughers Scavenger Hunt, a social media campaign she is running for X2 where Laughers can win t-shirts and tickets to X2 Comedy shows! Enjoy! 


    Follow Diana Witt


    Instagram: @diana_witt; Twitter: @_dianawitt

    https://www.diana-witt.com/



    See Diana’s original play, Pseudo Psychic Medium:


    March 26 – 30, 2022 at JMU’s Studio Theater
    Forbes Center for Performing Arts

    147 Warsaw Ave, Harrisonburg, VA 22801


    https://www.jmuforbescenter.com/tickets/tickets.shtml

    Laughers Scavenger Hunt: Win Tickets or Tshirts!
    Tag & DM us with of the 3 ways to enter below using the hashtag #virginiaisforlaugherswithx2comedy
    1) Post a pic of you at a place a podcast episode features
    2) Post about what a podcast guest said that impacted you or made you laugh
    3) Post a pic of you with a comedian at a X2 Comedy show or event

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    • 39 min
    The Laugh Therapist: Comedian & War Vet Openly Talks About His PTSD {Ep 43}

    The Laugh Therapist: Comedian & War Vet Openly Talks About His PTSD {Ep 43}

    Join us for lots of laughs and a heartwarming authentic chat with The Laugh Therapist, Vernard Hines. Hear his story about the healing power of comedy battling his PTSD and how it saved his life. Listen to the realities and challenges his faces in life and how he adapts. Hear how he describes his comedy; what the audience can expect and how he channels the energy from his PTSD into his performances. Find out why he calls himself The Laugh Therapist and learn more about his mission to kill the stigma around mental illness. Listen to what a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist does and how he helps people off stage. Hear two powerful stories of the most memorable experiences he’s had performing for military veterans.  Discover how to make meaning of trauma and how to better interact with family members, friends and others who may suffering from mental illness.  Find out what kind of laugh therapy he did over the pandemic and listen to real talk on the benefits of therapy. Listen to how his faith has played a role in his life and comedy career. Discover what famous comedian he’d pick to interview on his radio show and why. There is SO much warmth and encouragement with humor in this episode you don’t want to miss this one! Enjoy! 


    Follow The Laugh Therapist


    Facebook; Instagram & Twitter: @thelaughtherapist

    www.thelaughtherapist.com


    Get your laugh therapy session in and go see The Laugh Therapist:

    X2 Comedy Series Kickoff!

    January 29, 2002

    7:30pm

    Court Square Theater

    41-F Court Square, Harrisonburg, VA 22801

    Concessions with Wine and Beer Available

    https://www.valleyarts.org/performances/2022/1/29/x2-comedy-series


    Tickets $20

    Save BIG with Group Discounts with 10 people minimum available

    Call the theater 540.433.9189


    To learn more about X2 Comedy visit: https://www.x2comedy.com/


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    • 57 min
    Leaving Legacy with Joanne Gabbin: English Professor & Furious Flower Poetry Center {Ep 42}

    Leaving Legacy with Joanne Gabbin: English Professor & Furious Flower Poetry Center {Ep 42}

    Listen to an awe inspiring and uplifting chat with Joanne Gabbin, the first black professor in the English Department at JMU with a building on campus recently named after her. Hear her rich stories that lead her to establish the nation’s first academic center for Black poetry and the changes she’s seen in her 36 years at James Madison University. Listen to the degree options available to her in the early 1960s and how her student path in journalism had lead to her first job. Hear the story about the JMU Honors program she directed that grew to almost 600 students and the incredible story of a student who said she ‘kicked him out of the honors program’. Hear her thoughts and wisdom on what makes a good writer and how she structures her Life Writing Class. Find out what influenced her to become a literary activist, what her message is and what she believes it teaches us. Discover why she wrote a book on Sterling A. Brown, a highly influential professor at Howard University from 1929-1969 and the “curious thing” he said to her when she handed him the book. Hear more about the famous poets she’s worked with on programs and events including Maya Angelou, Nikki Giovanni, Toni Morrison and Gwendolyn Brooks to name a few.  Find out the inspiration behind the naming of the Furious Flower Poetry Center; this year’s $1000 Poetry Prize for Emerging Writers; the upcoming Collegiate Summit and more! Most definitely not short of stories this episode is filled with oodles of inspiration for you. Enjoy! 


    Furious Flower Poetry Center

    www.jmu.edu/furiousflower


    Facebook: Furious Flower Poetry Center


    Instagram: @furiousflowerpoetrycenterjmu


    Twitter: @FuriousFlowerPC


    Visit or Contact Them:

    Cardinal House

    500 Cardinal

    Harrisonburg, VA 22807

    540.568.883

    furiousflower@jmu.edu


    Poetry Prize For Emerging Writers: Deadline to Submit February 15, 2022

    https://www.jmu.edu/furiousflower/poetryprize/index.shtml


    Furious Flower Collegiate Summit 2022: March 3-4, 2022

    https://www.jmu.edu/furiousflower/collegiate-summit/index.shtml


    To learn more about X2 Comedy visit: https://www.x2comedy.com/


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    • 58 min
    KEYS to Reset: Mindset & Empowerment Coach Letitia Bates {Ep 41}

    KEYS to Reset: Mindset & Empowerment Coach Letitia Bates {Ep 41}

    Happy New Year Laughers! Anytime of year is a good time to reset your mindset so for you we have this upbeat inspirational episode filled with wisdom nuggets with Letitia Bates. Hear her story of how unhealed trauma lead her to becoming a Mindset & Empowerment Coach. Discover how she helps people transform to share their gifts, talents and abilities to achieve a higher level. Learn what the different levels of trauma that we all experience and what that looks like globally. Gain a better understanding of what the range of traumatic experiences are and how that affects the body. Find out what you can do to heal and move yourself forward. Learn about a technique that can help you unblock thinking so you can thrive.  Listen to her expand on the 12 “Keys” to achieve personal success from her book I CAN.  Hear some of the success stories of some of her clients that will touch your heart and inspire you. Listen to her top piece of advice for 2022 to help shift your mindset to achieve more impact, income and influence and how you can get her free gift. Cheers and best wishes to you in New Year Laugher! Let’s do this 2022!


    Letitia Bates: Mindset & Empowerment Coach


    www.chatwithletitia.com 

    www.5keycrush.com

    www.atthewheelcoaching.com


    Her Book a #1 Amazon Bestseller

    I CAN: 12 Keys to Achieve Personal Success In The Smartest Way

    https://www.amazon.com/Can-Achieve-Personal-Success-SMARTEST/dp/0999425706/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2B4GHEBAACD0V&keywords=I+CAN+letitia+bates&qid=1640195981&sprefix=i+can+letitia+bates,aps,64&sr=8-1


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    • 42 min
    Rocktown Yarn at Agora Market: Gift Ideas, Classes & Much More! {Ep 40}

    Rocktown Yarn at Agora Market: Gift Ideas, Classes & Much More! {Ep 40}

    Join us for a fun inspirational time filled with laughs chatting it up with Amy Strunk from Rocktown Yarn where they are building an inclusive community and where you can shop local for yourself, for gifts and more!  Hear the story of how this cancer survivor found her way back to Harrisonburg and reconnected to her passion for the fiber arts.  Find out about the biggest challenged she faced opening the shop and what she would have done differently. Discover what kinds of yarns they have available; the local suppliers they work with and the 2 live bunnies they have as the store mascots!!  Learn about their accessories, tools and unique items featured in their store plus the benefits of the drop ship program. Find out what classes and meet ups they have available. Hear what yarn bombing is and the stories about the ones they have done. Get gift ideas hearing about their gift guide that includes kits, how-to books and more no matter one’s skill level. Learn about “craftivism” and the fun ways you can work with Rocktown Yarn to help build community. This one is loaded with stories and laughs. Enjoy and Merry Christmas!


    Rocktown Yarn

    https://www.rocktownyarn.com/

    Agora Downtown Market
     165 S Main St, #101
     Harrisonburg, Virginia 22801

    540.658.3955
     info@rocktownyarn.com



    Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & TikTok: @rocktownyarn


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    • 53 min

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