Leigh Anne Jasheway-Bryant, MPH, is a stress management and humor expert, comedy writer, stand-up comic, and comedy instructor/coach. She has an M.P.H. degree which, she says, either stands for masters of public health or mistress of public humor. She consults with organizations on how to use humor to manage stress, change, and conflict, and boost creativity, teamwork and morale. Her mission: to help the world become healthier and more sane through laughter.
Every year she speaks to between 40-60 groups. She is a National Speaking of Women’s Health speaker, and regularly creates presentations and workshops for educational institutions, hospitals and healthcare organizations, not-for-profit groups, and corporations.
In 2003, Leigh Anne won the Erma Bombeck Award for Humor Writing. She has fifteen published books and her work has appeared in more than a dozen anthologies, including the Chicken Soup series and Marlo Thomas’ The Right Words at the Right Time 2. For seven years, she was a regular humor and inspiration writer for Family Circle. Currently she writes for magazines such as Better Homes & Gardens Special Interest Publications, Pink, Diet & Fitness, and Low Carb Energy.You can read her work weekly online at www.quirkee.com.
For a year, Leigh Anne hosted her own radio program, Women Under the Influence of Laughter, on KOPT AM in Eugene, Oregon. She interviewed such wonderful people as Dr. Christiane Northrup, Janet Evanovich, Kate Clinton, Maureen Dowd, and Rita Rudner.
Leigh Anne also teaches comedy writing and stand-up, both at a local community college and online. She runs a stand-up comedy troupe, The Comedy Workout. She also organizes an annual comedy benefit, the Laff Off, and coordinates the annual Oregon Women’s Comedy Festival.
Link to Leigh Anne’s website: www.accidentalcomic.com