PUBLISHED: 5:17 PM on Wednesday, March 7, 2007
WISEGUYS features comedian in benefit

  Kermet Apio
Did you know humor is beneficial to your health? Studies have shown that laughter improves blood flow, reduces pain, strengthens immune function and decreases stress.

For that reason, the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium WISEGUYS men's health group for Sitka is hosting a "Healing Power of Humor" show with Seattle comedian Kermet Apio at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 17, at the Sheet'ká Kwáan Naa Kahídi.

Tickets are $12 and are available at Old Harbor Books. Proceeds from the show benefit Sitkans Against Family Violence.

"I saw Kermet perform a couple of years ago and it was great. He's clean, respectful and, most of all, very, very funny," SEARHC Health Educator and WISEGUYS Coordinator Doug Osborne said.

"It's going to be a fun night, and because of our generous sponsors we're confident we'll be able to raise some money for a terrific non-profit organization in town."

Kermet Apio is a past winner of the Seattle International Comedy Competition and he's been a featured performer at HBO's Aspen Comedy Festival. He's also been featured on "Star Search," "Evening at the Improv," "Comedy Showcase" and "Almost Live." His observational humor is PG rated and this is a non-alcoholic event.

Also appearing in the show will be local high school drama teams, who will perform short sketches before the main show. Event partners include Neurobehavioral Consultants/Dr. Cindy Westergaard, Sitka Peer Helpers, Greater Sitka Arts Council, Totem Square Inn, Old Harbor Books and The Monthly Grind.

It's St. Patrick's Day, so celebrate the holiday by laughing with a Hawai'ian comic who now lives in Seattle.

The WISEGUYS men's health group was formed in April 2006 by the SEARHC Health Promotion Department to help address men's health issues in Sitka.

The group meets at 7:45 p.m. every other Tuesday at the Salvation Army building, 405 Sawmill Creek Road. WISEGUYS also hosts community outreach events geared toward men's health, such as a men's health and wellness fair during National Men's Health Week in June and a prostate cancer awareness poker run/walk and salmon bake during National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month in September.

For more information on WISEGUYS, contact Doug Osborne at 966-8734 or by e-mail at