What Happens in a Laughter Club?
If they are new, the people who show up have uncertain looks on their faces. After all it is a new environment and it's natural not to be sure of what to expect. The returning members are relaxed and excited at the same time.
While the laughter clubs advertise that no jokes are told, audacious statements during introductions are welcomed. You say your name and something about yourself. "My name is Kneel, I'm a Catholic. They ask people to kneel a lot during church service." Everyone laughs.
Unlike the Traveling Laughter Club which is a theater experience and everyone laughs while sitting in their chairs, a laughter club is a movement experience in a large enough room to accommodate all the members. A humor exercise is shown by the laughter leader and everyone starts having fun moving and laughing.
Because the laughter is very aerobic the laughter leader signals the group to stop after a few minutes and gives everyone a chance to catch their breath. If you laugh as hard as I do you appreciate the brief respite during this time period. The laughter leader sets the pace and rhythm of the laugher experience.
At the end of an hour of laughing, people are encouraged to stay and share their thoughts about what they found useful or beneficial. This is a very exciting time, as you get to hear people share a wide range of life experience and observation.