Finding comedy in tragedy - Lisa Valentine Clark (Part 1) - Episode 145

Each of us experience moments of tragedy throughout our lives. Some last for brief moments while others linger for extended periods of time and seem to become unbearable. Lisa Valentine Clark joins us today to share how her late husband, Christopher, encouraged those around him to continue using comedy in the face of his terminal diagnosis. In this episode we cover:

  • Lisa’s story
  • The concept of “Yes, and . . . ,”
  • Life gives us so much material to work with. It practically writes the jokes for us.
  • What’s the role of humor and laughter in healing?
  • Why does it help?

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I am a licensed marriage and family therapist, relationship educator, and coach with over 20 years of experience. I am the co-author of, "Love You, Hate the Porn: Healing a Relationship Damaged by Virtual Infidelity", the host of the weekly podcast, "From Crisis to Connection", and have produced workbooks, audio programs, and online courses helping couples and individuals heal from the impact of sexual betrayal, unwanted pornography use, partner betrayal trauma, and rebuilding broken trust. As a leader in the field, I am a frequent contributor on these subjects at national conferences, documentaries, blogs, magazines, and podcasts. I also write a weekly relationship advice column available on my blog. I founded and ran an outpatient sexual addiction and betrayal trauma recovery group program for over 14 years, co-founded and chaired a local conference to educate community members about harmful media, and founded and administered a specialized group therapy practice for over 10 years. I currently maintain a private counseling and coaching practice in beautiful Southern Utah where I live with my wife and children.

About Lisa Valentine Clark:
Lisa Valentine Clark graduated with a B.S. in English from Brigham Young University. She was part of the sketch comedy/improv troupe The Garrens, and co-founded the theater-as-improv troupe The Thrillionaires which performs original, improvised plays and musicals in a variety of genres. She has been featured in a variety of commercials, including the “real mom” in the viral videos for Chatbooks. Lisa works as a freelance writer for commercials, webseries, and scripts. She wrote the book, Real Moms Making It Up As We Go, hosted the feel-good service show “Random Acts,” and headlined the musical improv tv show Show Offs, for three seasons on BYUtv. She has starred in movies like Stalking Santa, and was a script consultant, producer, and starred as “Carrie Carrington” in the film Once I Was a Beehive and Once I Was Engaged. She currently hosts the weekly podcast The Lisa Show (www.thelisashowpodcast.com) on BYUradio. Lisa and her late husband Christopher have 5 children.

https://magazine.byu.edu/article/permission-to-laugh/

Chatbooks Commercial

Christopher Clark Frankenstein Video

https://www.byuradio.org/lisa