About Humorology Atlanta, HA!
Humorology Atlanta, HA! is an Atlanta based non-profit organization dedicated to empowering hospitalized children through playful distraction. Our professional Clown Doctors offer therapeutic fun by bringing relief and joy to patients, families, and staff through the art of clowning.
All of the clowns, or ‘Humorologists’, currently on our team also worked for the Big Apple Circus Clown Care Unit in Atlanta until 2016 when the circus had to file for bankruptcy and was therefore no longer able to support the Clown Care program. However, it was so important to us to keep this work, this service, alive in our city and at CHOA specifically, that we decided to form our own local company, Humorology Atlanta, HA! We wanted to take this opportunity to move forward in the work to better serve everyone at CHOA and in our Atlanta Community. As a local organization we are more immediately available and accessible to those we serve.
Our Humorologists currently bring therapeutic fun to three campuses of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta: Egleston, Scottish Rite and Hughes Spalding. Currently, Humorology Atlanta, HA! has a pair of performers doing rounds at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta locations eight times each week.
"From a personal perspective, I have to share that, this is flat-out the best, most fun, and intense job I’ve ever had.
It’s way of bringing our artistry to an environment in the spirit of service, and to foster a sort of conspiracy of fun to empower and remind people of the inherent nature of joy and play in the human experience."
Vincenzo Tortorici Clown Doctor 2000-2012
We are off to a great start! Humorology Atlanta, HA! holds 501(c)3 non-profit status, has an active eight-person board of directors, employs eleven professional performers all of whom are trained in the artistry of hospital clowning, assessing hospital environments, cultural sensitivity, and hospital hygiene.
Our Humorologists are trained to make people laugh, but also provide focus, distraction, fun, motivation, celebration, relaxation, and relief. We are trained to play to the well part of the child, and to empower patients who might feel powerless in their current situation. We are all professional performers, but we do not come to the hospital just to perform, we come to the hospital to be of service.