Woman Who Can’t Stop Laughing Wins

American Laughing Championships


Mayor of San Diego opens event: “Today is Contagious Laughter Day.”




 
 

LAUGHTER CHAMPION IS THE KIND OF PERSON
WHO CRACKS UP MOVIE THEATERS

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After laughing for an hour straight American Laughing Champion Julie Ostrow of Chicago could not stop.


“It was uncontrollable, ” she said after a knock down final laughter duel against a near 7 foot mime from San Diego to clinch the title at the first ever American Laughing Championships. 

Ostrow 46, a swimming instructor for kids from Chicago laughed her way to the title of Best Laugher in America 2013, after a series of grueling and hilarious tests in front of a packed house at the Crystal Ballroom at the San Diego Westin.


San Diego Mayor Bob Filner opened the event stating:  “Today is contagious laugher day,” to laughter and applause.



























SAN DIEGO MAYOR DECLARES: “TODAY IS CONTAGIOUS LAUGHTER DAY.”


The American Laughing Championships included the Diabolical laugh, the Snort laugh, the Competitive Laughing Fit and the one on one Laughter Duel.  A separate category for Best Maniacal Laugh was taken by Daunte Reed, Petty Officer 2nd in the US Navy and veteran of the Afghanistan war. Reed fell down laughing on his way to victory. 


Reed and Ostrow triumphed over a slate of contenders representing states from around the nation.

Laughter championships are a new trend that begun with the idea that people can makes themselves laugh by laughing. Contenders are judged strictly on their contagiousness to a live audience.

“It was an epic battle, with lethal contenders,” said American Laughing Championships director, Laughologist Albert Nerenberg. “But I think the most contagious laughers really did come out on top.”
























PANDEMONIUM IN THE CRYSTAL BALLROOM WHEN OSTROW CLINCHES TITLE.


Ostrow describes herself as the kind of person at the back of the movie theatre who has that laugh that makes the whole room crack up.

“Honestly I was a little bit embarrassed about it,” she said. “Now I feel like weird kind of hero.”


Reed said he first realized he had a  special talent in mess halls in Afghanistan where other soldiers would go out of their way to provoke him into laughing fits.






















SOLDIER DAUNTE REED FALLS ON HIS WAY TO WINNING TITLE.


In the final moments Ostrow went head to head in the Competitive Laughing Fit category, against a near 7 foot San Diego mime, Marvin Chappel.  While the mime stood on his head and chortled, Ostrow seemed to win it when she turned red, tears came out of her eyes and she began to shudder and laugh uncontrollably. Even after she was awarded the trophy for “Best Laugher in America” Ostrow continued to laugh.

“I thought it was never going to end,” she said. “I was afraid I could die laughing in front of a huge audience”

Although there are recorded examples of death by laughter, it is actually remarkably rare given the how strenuous laughter is.
























Laughologist Albert Nerenberg got the idea for laughing contests watching fights confront each other in the Ultimate Fighting Championships.  Before attacking each other during stare downs MMA fighters often crack up.

“If human confrontation creates violence, it also creates laughter, and no one has ever explored the laughter side,” he said. “Instead of having a fighting championship. Why not have a laughing championship?

Due to the success of the first American Laughing Championships there are plans to make it an annual event.

The Championships were produced in collaboration with the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humour AATH.


American Laughing Champion Julie Ostrow, Maniacal Laughing Champion Daunte Reed and Laughologist Albert Nerenberg are available for interviews.


CATEGORIES IN THE 2013 AMERICAN LAUGHING CHAMPIONSHIPS

BEST MANIACAL LAUGH


BEST SNORT LAUGH


BEST MULTIPLEX GUFFAW

HUG LAUGH


LAUGHTER DUEL


BEST LAUGHING FIT

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PHOTOS BY TOM MUNNECKE


http://www.ultimatelaughter.com

 

AMERICAN LAUGHING CHAMPION JULIE OSTROW CANNOT STOP LAUGHING