Dr. Kuhn’s clinical focus is in the field of mind/body medicine. Decades of work with chronically ill patients and their families taught him to appreciate the healing power of humor. His laughter research led him into the world of comedy performance and, in 1991, Cliff took a leave from his university position to perform in comedy clubs across the country. On this sabbatical tour, he learned first-hand what makes us laugh, and determined how those mechanisms could be transferred to clinical settings.
As a physician/comedian, Dr. Kuhn has attracted national attention in radio and television, with appearances on Entertainment Tonight, WGN-Chicago, CBS Overnight, The Learning Channel, The Canadian Broadcasting Corp., and CNN, and in the popular press such as Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, Reader’s Digest, Lear’s Connection, The New Yorker and The AARP Bulletin. He has been recognized and lauded by his peers in publications such as Psychiatric News, Psychiatric Times, Hippocrates, Clinical Psychiatric News, The Journal of Nursing Jocularity, Humor and Health Journal, and The Journal of Cancer Education.
Cliff has appeared before groups such as FedEx Corp., Yum! Brands, Inc., Aegon Corp., Lundbeck Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Meeting Planners Intl. and many hospitals and community service organizations. Dr. Kuhn’s inspiring presentations, based on his patented HA HA HA Prescription and featuring his Ten Commandments of Fun have proven to be entertaining as well as practical. Whether the goal is to heal from a devastating illness, increase wealth and productivity, or simply to tell a joke well, the success principles embodied in the Ten Commandments of Fun are easy to learn and guaranteed to yield extraordinary results.
In 1995, The Laugh Doctor formed a collaboration with famed comedian Jerry Lewis. Together they have since presented “The Jerry Lewis Laughter and Healing Seminar with Dr. Clifford Kuhn” at dozens of medical schools and universities across the nation. Dr. Kuhn is also a professional member of the National Speakers Association, whose Kentucky Chapter selected him Member of the Year for 1999. In 2000, he was honored by his alma mater, Ursinus College, as Alumnus of the Year.
Cliff lives with his wife Connie on a farm in rural Kentucky and is proud of his son Gregory, daughter Rebecca, and grandchildren Jordan, Noah, William, Emma, and Logan.