Funny Bones Improv
Funny Bones Improv is a registered 501c3 charitable organization. Our mission is to share the gifts and benefits of laughter with sick children, their families, and their caregivers in multiple hospitals across New Orleans and Chicago through volunteer comedy improvisation performances. Thank you for helping us make this happen!
Improv is a unique form of live theatre in that the plot, characters, and dialogue of a game, scene, or story are made up in the moment and with help from the audience! Several times a month across both cities, teams of Funny Bones Improv volunteer players perform comedy improv shows that each run for about 35-45 minutes. The laughter, however, lasts long after the "curtain closes." Funny Bones staff and players work with child life specialists, nurses, and other hospital staff to schedule and run shows that meet the needs of the children and their families.
Our dedicated volunteers audition to join the group and receive ongoing training and rehearsal time. Their commitment and love for the work and goals of Funny Bones is remarkable to witness. Typically, the fun begin with a spin of our "Improv Wheel" by a patient, which helps to set the stage for the show. Because it is a completely improvised performance, the players rely on the children and their families to suggest details and the setting for each scene. This gives the audience choice and power and enables the children to use creativity and imagination to be silly and have fun. For example, a scene may start like this: "Where would you like to go on vacation? - Disney World!" and "What animal would be fun to have as a pet? - Giraffe!" Okay - Giraffes in Disney World it is!" And the fun ensues!
Our players also conduct private shows for patients who are unable to leave their hospital rooms. Funny Bones Improv players and board members work tirelessly to bring healing, hope, escape, and play to children in hospitals through the relief and power of a good laugh.
Thank you for your support!
Jill West, Ph.D.
Licensed Clinical and School Psychologist, Ochsner Health System
Funny Bones Improv Board Member