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(Click here for one of the only published articles on stand up comedy and the practice of medicine.)

"concerned about the health of the nation"

The Only Stand-Up Endocrinologist in the World

[TSM Artists (502) 459-5532- Comedy site last updated 1998]

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Health care issues have received much attention in the past several years. But one perspective has been ignored - a comic's perspective.

Dr. Harold Bays (the researcher) has been the featured speaker for numerous academic and medical programs. Dr. Bays ("The Only Stand-up Endocrinologist in the World") has performed at top comedy clubs around the country.

Since 1988, Dr. Bays has combined his medical knowledge with his comedy skills to raise tens of thousands of dollars to benefit patients with chronic diseases (such as cancer, arthritis and AIDS), the homeless, the United Negro College Fund, and other charities. He is probably best known as the featured comic of the "Stand Up Diabetes" program that has taken him around the nation to raise funds for the American Diabetes Association (ADA), and to increase awareness of this misunderstood disorder.

Dr. Bays first entered into comedy after being a professional musician (jazz, blues, and "60's" bands), busboy, dishwasher, cook, janitor, and clerk. His life's successes and failures have given him a unique political viewpoint on the issues of our times. For example, his concerns about the press have been detailed in his controversial book "The Perspective, Libel, and the Ten Rules of 90's Journalism" that has been featured on national cable, and talk radio.

Dr. Bays' viewpoints may be controversial, but his perspective is unique, genuine, and suggests you don't have to be from the east or west coast to have an opinion.

Comedy Clubs

ZANIES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . North Wells, Chicago Ill.
ZANIES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . St. Charles Ill.
ZANIES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nashville Tennessee
FUNNY FARM. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Louisville Kentucky
COMEDY CONNECTION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Portland Maine
HILARITIES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cleveland Ohio
HILARITIES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Orlando Florida
CHARLIE GOODNIGHTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Raleigh North Carolina
PUNCHLINES. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Atlanta Ga./Sandy Springs
PUNCHLINES. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Greenville South Carolina
PUNCHLINES. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jacksonville Florida
COMEDY ON BROADWAY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lexington Kentucky
JOKERS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dayton Ohio
GO BANANAS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cincinnati Ohio
COMEDY ON THE SQUARE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Murphreesboro Tenn
ROCKY'S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Beloit Wisconsin
GRAND SLAM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Waukegan Illinois
BARNABY'S . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Owensboro Kentucky
TEXAS EAST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Clarksville Tennessee
THE BOURDEAUX. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lafayette North Carolina
TWO KEYS COMEDY CARAVAN . . . . . . . . . . Lexington Kentucky
CRACKERS COMEDY CLUB. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Indianapolis Indiana
NICKS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . West Lafayette Indiana
LEGENDS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Louisville Kentucky
THE SEASONS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nashville Indiana
THE DISTILLERY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bardstown Kentucky
THE OFFICERS CLUB. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fort Knox Kentucky
HEADLINERS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Columbus Ohio
SPOILERS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . New Albany Indiana

COLLEGES

University of Louisville
Transylvania University
University of Kentucky Law School
Bellarmine College
Centre College
University of Louisville Alumni Assoc.

NIGHTCLUBS


Phoenix Hill Radisson Hotel
Star of Louisville
Lexington Hyatt Regency
Legends/Ramada Inn
Silver Dollar
Horsefeathers/Ramada Inn
Holiday Inn-Shively
Theater Square
Rudyard Kiplings
ChiChi's


COMEDY PUBLICATIONS:


The Health Hack: Fitness tips for the touring professional comedian published monthly in the Professional Comedian Association Newsletter

 

MEDIA APPEARANCES


TELEVISION APPEARANCES

"Feelin' Great"
FOX/Ham. Prod. - Lexington Ky.

"Comedy and the Persian Gulf War" WAVE-NBC - Louisville Ky.

Comic relief II"
Telecable - Lexington Ky.

"Interview with Bob Phillips"
WPTF-CBS - Raleigh North Carolina

"Health Beat with Denise Boyer-Comedy and Health"
WRAL-NBC Raleigh North Carolina

"Comic Relief I"
Telecable - Lexington Ky.

"Crusade for Children Comedy Benefit" WHAS-CBS - Louisville Ky.

"Achieving the Life of Laughter"
Storer Cable - Louisville Ky.


RADIO APPEARANCES

"Comedy and Medicine"
WAVE 790 - Louisville Ky.

"The Only Stand Up Endocrinologist in the World"
KNBR - San Francisco Calif.

COMEDY BENEFITS

"The Political Year - From a Comic's Viewpoint"
The Healing Place Kentucky Center of the Arts Oct 1996

American Diabetes Association
Louisville Ky. June 1995

"Dinnerwares" Arts Foundation
Louisville Ky. Feb 1995

American Diabetes Association
Lexington Ky. Nov 1994

Hospice of Hope
Maysville Ky. Nov 1994

Hospice of the Bluegrass
Lexington Ky. Nov 1994

The Phillies Inc.
Louisville Ky. Oct 1994

American Diabetes Association
Florence Ky. May 1994

Fayette Co. Auxiliary
Lexington Ky. April 1994

Spouse Abuse Center
Lexington Ky. Feb 1994

American Diabetes Association
Lexington Ky. Nov 1993

Metro United Way
Louisville Ky. Nov 1993

Frankfort Arts Foundation
Frankfort Ky. Oct 1993

The Healing Place/Homeless Benefit
Louisville Ky. May 1993

Visiting Nurse Association Benefit
Louisville Ky. May 1993

Deaf Community Center
Louisville Ky. March 1992

American Diabetes Association
South Carolina Nov 1991

American Diabetes Association
Louisville Ky. March 1991

American Diabetes Association
Dayton Ohio Nov 1991

American Diabetes Association
Cleveland Ohio Nov 1991

Comic Relief for the Homeless
Lexington Ky. April 1990

Persons With AIDS
Louisville Ky. June 1990

Preservation Alliance
Louisville Ky. Nov 1990

Persian Diversion
Louisville Ky. Nov 1990

American Diabetes Association
Indianapolis Ind. Jan 1989

American Diabetes Association
Dayton Ohio March 1989

American Diabetes Association
Louisville Ky. March 1989

Comic Relief for the Homeless
Lexington Ky. April 1989

Crusade for Children
Louisville Ky. June 1989

Comedy Care/Rehabilitation Program
Raleigh NC. July 1989

Preservation. Alliance/Dickens on Main
Louisville Ky. Nov 1989

American Diabetes Association
Louisville Ky. Nov 1989

United Negro College Fund
Louisville Ky. Dec 1989

American Diabetes Association
Louisville Ky. Nov 1988

American Diabetes Association
Louisville Ky. 1995

American Diabetes Association
Lexington Ky. 1994

STAND UP DIABETES TOUR


Ashland ADA Chapter
Ashland Ky. 1997

Bowling Green Ky ADA Chapter
Bowling Green Ky. 1997

Northern Kentucky ADA Chapter
Florence Ky. 1994

King's Daughter Hospital
Ashland Ky. 1993

Louisville ADA Chapter - IMAX theater
Louisville Ky. 1993

Northern Kentucky ADA Chapter
Fort Wright Ky. 1993

ADA National Executive Meeting
Washington D.C. 1992

Kentucky ADA Annual Meeting
Louisville Ky. 1992

Cincinnati ADA Annual Meeting
Cincinnati Ohio 1992

Columbus "Headliners"
Columbus Ohio 1992

Louisville "Funny Farm"
Louisville Ky. 1992

Lexington "Comedy on Broadway"
Lexington Ky. 1992

Univ. of S. Carolina "Faculty House"
Columbia S.C. 1991

Atlanta "Punchlines"
Atlanta Georgia 1991

South Carolina State ADA Gala
Columbia S.C. 1991

Cleveland "Hilarities"
Cleveland Ohio 1991

Wayne St. Univ. "Diabetes Day"
Detroit MI 1991

Dayton "Jokers"
Dayton Ohio 1991

Louisville "Funny Farm"
Louisville Ky. 1991

Dayton "Jokers"
Dayton Ohio 1989

Louisville "Funny Farm"
Louisville Ky. 1989

Indianapolis "Crackers"
Indianapolis Ind. 1989

OTHER COMEDY EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

University of Louisville Orthopedic Department
Louisville Ky. 1997

Humana Risk Management
Louisville Ky. 1997

Brown Foreman (Health Risk and Humor)
Louisville Ky. 1997

Brown Foreman (Health Risk and Humor)
Louisville Ky. 1997

Kentucky Case Manager=s Association
Louisville Ky. 1996

Cardiovascular Associates
Louisville Ky. 1996

Alliant Resident's Luncheon
Louisville Ky. 1996
(Norton's Hospital)

University of Louisville Alumni Association
Louisville Ky. 1996

Northern Ky. Independent Health Dept
Covington Ky. 1996

Jewish Hospital Retreat
Lexington Ky. 1996

Integrated Healthcare Symposium
Aspen Colorado 1996

Greater Louisville Radiological Society
Louisville Ky. 1995

Assoc. of Volunteer Administrators of Ky.
Louisville Ky. 1995

Mended Hearts Annual Meeting
Louisville Ky. 1995

Kentucky Broadcasters Association
Louisville Ky. 1995

Alliant Resident's Luncheon
Louisville Ky. 1995
(Norton's Hospital)

Comedy and Lipid Research
Cincinnati Ohio 1994
(Cincinnati Cardiology and Atherosclerosis Society)

Stress and Humor
New Albany Ind. 1994
(Clark Co. Red Cross)

Humor and Medicine
Louisville Ky. 1994
(Pfizer)

Chicago Clinical Research Center
Chicago Ill. 1994

Investigator's Meeting
Naples Fla. 1994
(Bristol Myer Squibb)

Medicine, Stress, and Humor
Semour Ind. 1994
(Bristol Myer Squibb)

Health Care Reform - A Comic's View
Henderson Ky. 1994
(Galaxo)

Medicine, Stress, and Humor
Hendersonville Tn 1994

Cholesterol and Comedy
Nashville Ind. 1994
(Sandoz)

Investigator's Meeting
Memphis Tenn. 1994
(Parke Davis)

Jewish Hospital Clinical Ladder Program
Louisville Ky. 1994

Ky. American Academy of Family Physicians
French Lick Ind. 1993
(Boots)

Family Practice Residents Convention
Kansas City MI 1993
(Upper Valley Medical)

The Lighter Side of Medicine
Louisville Ky. 1993
(Jefferson Co. Medical Society)

Cholesterol, Controversy, and Comedy
Louisville Ky. 1992
(MSD)

Thyroid Disease and Humor
Indianapolis Ind. 1992
(Boots)

Humor and The Cancer Patients
Louisville Ky. 1992
(Ciba)

Hypertension Education and Humor
Louisville Ky. 1992
(Hoechst)

Lighter Side of Cholesterol Controversy
Louisville Ky. 1991

Comedy Therapy for Arthritis
Louisville Ky. 1990

Comedy Therapy for Cancer Patients
Louisville Ky. 1990
(MSD)

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