“Laugh at their problems, forget about yours,” as the Better Than Therapy tour comes to the Bothwell Arts Center, 2466 8th Street, Livermore on Saturday, August 17 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 and available online at or call the box office at 925-373-6800.
Award-winning storytellers, Regina Stoops and Mary Carouba take you on a journey through two lives where random detours are met with quick wit and humor. From completely different worlds to a chance performance at the same dive bar, these two women formed a lifelong friendship based on a common love of laughter. Don’t miss the show that prompted this audience response following their sold out show at the Luther Burbank Center. “Fifty minutes of therapy for $120 or 90 minutes of healing truth framed brilliantly in comedy for $20. Where the heck was this show when I was buying several therapists new homes?”
Pleasanton’s own Regina Stoops takes her audience on a roller coaster ride through a life filled with so many causes she has run out of room on her car’s bumper. With thought provoking honesty and humor, Regina talks about life as a gay, Catholic, Democratic, suburban soccer mom who also happens to be a special needs parent and MS warrior. Born in a town called Normal, her lifelong coming out journey is one filled with diversity, adversity and suburban chaos.
Mary Carouba is a popular comedian, TED talk presenter, and author based in Sonoma County. Her stories of her Arab/Irish household (where the family business was the “adult entertainment industry”), her career as a children’s advocate, her work behind prison walls, surviving a liver transplant, and the loss of her home in the Northern California fires are all part of her powerful message of hope and resilience. Finding the funny in almost any circumstance is a hallmark of Mary’s life and work.
“The show is presented in more of a storytelling format rather than typical stand up comedy routine. The material is both funny and poignant, think humor with a heart” noted Regina Stoops. “Mary and I both look at any hurdle or difficulty in life through a comedic lens and we’ve been given plenty of funny fuel for the fire.”
Two different stories brought together to demonstrate that humor can elevate and inspire, and laughter really is the best therapy.