Carla Ulbrich: Professional Smart Aleck



Vote for The Singing Patient for "Hilarious Health Activist" Award


Wego Health is holding its Health Activist Awards- I found out about it because some lovely person nominated me!

There are numerous categories. I was nominated for "Hilarious Health Activist."

I would love your endorsement here:

And/ or you can nominate any exceptional Health Activists who make a difference in the lives of patients and caregivers.


The Power of Laughter - article on Bowflex Insider


New article on "the Power of Laughter" published on Bowflex Insider (I'm the author):


World Positive Thinkers blogtalkradio Interview


A new interview with hosts Pam Lontos and Mr. Positive, talking health, humor, and overcoming adversity.


Don't Bring the Kids (May Newsletter)


Don't bring the kids! Except for this Sat.
Greetings friends, fans, Klingons, spammers and the IRS- Hope all is well with you. Well maybe not so much the spammers.

Speaking of spam I recently migrated all of your e mail addresses into this program that's connected to my website. This may mean that this message ended up in your spam filter. In which case... you're not reading this right now. Hmm. Well that was a pointless thing to mention.

As you know, my songs and jokes are usually clean (as long as you don't mind a little poop humor) but I cannot control what happens when other acts are on the stage. Since there are 49 *other* funny songwriters in NYC on May 31, and I was part of this event last year, I strongly suggest you do NOT bring the kids. Unless you can afford a lot of therapy later. Don't mind swear words and a little grossing out? See ya there.

I can safely invite people of all ages and sensibilities to the show in Nutley NJ, which will be fun. The other performers on the bill are the folks who introduced me to the NJ/ NY folk music scene in the late 90s. So they get either the credit or the blame for me ending up in New Jersey. And for encouraging me in my pursuit of actually performing my ridiculous songs instead of just the "ose" I used to write ("ose" as in "ose, ose and morose").

One more thing- I started a playlist on youtube: "funny medical songs." If you think of any good ones I missed let me know and I'll add them.


Benefits of Laughter (April News)


Did you ever wonder why, given the same diagnosis, some people thrive and others don't? Learn about the traits of a survivor at a Free Show this Wed. in Wayne, NJ: "Laughter is the Best Medicine." See calendar page for details.

I recently went back to Clemson (my hometown) for a short visit. Saw the whole family, including Dad (he lives in a health care facility now; he has Alzheimer's, but he still knows who everybody is, and he is fun to visit, always happen to see me. The nurses love him, and no one seems to mind if he is wearing 2 pairs of pants, mismatched shoes, or 4 shirts. They do try to stop him from showering 4 times a day, though. You have to pick your battles...).  While I was in Clemson, I also cleaned out the attic (Mom is selling the house and moving) and I found my beloved bottlecap collection ! O joy!

The downside of this hometown visit is that while I was gone, Joe (my husband), ended up in the hospital with blood clots in his lungs (pulmonary embolisms)- and I wasn't home to take care of him - or the dog. I got home the next day. He was in the hospital for 4 days, and was quite the jokester with the nurses. They were attaching his electrodes (heart monitor) and he jerked around, pretending he was getting electrocuted. Nearly gave the nurses a heart attack, but they got a good laugh out of it. He apologized for scaring them more than he meant to, but they were laughing and said "Laughter is the Best Medicine!" (Funny, I'm doing a show this Wednesday with exactly that title.)

I was visiting him when they announced he was going to be released. Well you know how long it takes from saying you'll be released to actually being released (hours!). Luckily, it was bingo day! They bring cards around and the announcer is on the hospital's closed circuit TV calling the numbers. I won 15 times. I think there were only 2 of us in the whole building playing- 3 if you count the announcer. The prizes are all plastic things like backscratchers and bag clips, and they all say "St Peter's University hospital" on them... well, it's not the prize, it's the thrill of victory.

We were about to leave when we spotted the food cart in the hall. He stayed for dinner, if that gives you any idea what an awful cook I am. Once he was done with his cheeseburger (yeah that's what they serve in the cardio unit!) he came home to a very happy dog. He is doing fine and has a great doctor.

I'm a muppet! I'm a muppet! I've always wanted to be a muppet!

The multitalented Luke Ski put together a spoof of the muppet show for the opening of the Marscon science fiction and funny music convention. If you're a fan of the muppet show, or comedy music, or better yet, both, you will really enjoy this: