If laughter is truly the best medicine, Jill-Michele Meleán is a genuine Surgeon General. Her hilarious body of stand-up and improvisational work has taken her from club stages to television screens (including MADtv and RENO 911!), and today she joins Adrian Paul and Ethan Dettenmaier in the LA Talk Radio studio to discuss her involvement with various charities and causes including Neglected Tropical Diseases and Step Up Women’s Network.
Jilly shares her experiences with a loved one suffering from today’s focus topic, Tourette Syndrome, speaks candidly about the healing power of laughter in her own life, and talks about the ways in which social media are making comedy more powerful and personal than ever before. She’s as insightful and as funny as she’s gorgeous and sweet, and I really enjoyed “meeting” her.
(As always, I’m calling in from Indiana while Adrian and Ethan are hanging out with all of the lovely and talented women in the studio.)
And then Adrian hands it over to me for the Hero of the Week segment, and I still can’t believe I get to share these kids’ stories every week. This one was really unique. In 2011, 11-year-olds Katrine Kirsebom and Corinne Hindes began rescuing stacks upon stacks of coats, boots, gloves, and hats from “lost and found” bins at ski lodges to distribute more than 5,000 items and counting of cold weather clothing to the homeless via their Warm Winters project, which you can also find on Facebook and Twitter. If you’re an individual or a ski lodge who’d like to join their expanding network, you’ll find all the information you’ll need to get involved at those links.