My assistant, Melanie, picked me up at the airport following my flight home after being the closing governmental keynote speaker for the Oklahoma Certified Public Manager’s meeting recently. Melanie’s daughter, Sarah Kate, was in her car seat accompanied by her pre-school class’s mascot, a stuffed animal named Freddie the Frog. Freddie leads a vagabond life, going home nightly with a different student and doing whatever that student’s family does.

I suggested Freddie’s name should be changed to Pinkeye the Frog because you know this thing is crawling with germs from every pre-schooler’s unwashed hands that’s ever touched him. Although Melanie laughed, she did report Sarah Kate came down with a cold immediately following Freddie’s sleepover.

It seems this practice isn’t limited to pre-school. As I’m sure I’ve mentioned more than once, our son, Keith, works for the Kansas City Royals. Now that the baseball season is over, their mascot, Sluggerrr, stays with a different employee every night. Keith says sleep is in short supply when Sluggerrr is at his place. Sluggerrr is constantly yelling, “Let’s go, Royals, let’s go” or playing “dat da da da dat da da da” on his trumpet and yelling, “Charge!” Last week he was on Keith’s balcony shooting hot dogs from an air powered bazooka at people heading out for their morning commute.

Following the eviction hearing, Keith is living with us until he finds a new apartment.

Always remember the words of Gilda Radner who said, “Laughter matters.”

Known as the “World’s Cleanest” comedian and speaker, Kent Rader helps people learn and experience how laughter matters in reducing stress. Kent is the winner of the Branson Comedy Festival and co-stars in The Baby Boomer Comedy Show, Clean Comedy For People Born Before Seat Belts.

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Known as the "World's Cleanest Comedian and Speaker," Kent helps people and associations learn and experience how laughter matters in reducing stress and building successful, profitable organizations.

Kent graduated from William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri with a B.S. in Accounting. He survived five years in public accounting and twelve years as C.F.O. and C.E.O. of hospitals before becoming a professional speaker in 1997.

Kent is the author of the stress reduction book "Let It Go, Just Let It Go" and co-stars with Jan McInnis in the Baby Boomer Comedy Show, "Clean Comedy for People Born Before Seat Belts, Safety Helmets, and Facebook.

He has been heard on NPR's Talk of the Nation and Sirius Satellite radio.

Kent is the winner of the Branson Comedy Festival and has been seen on Comcast's comedy show, "Who's Laughing Now." His clean, stand-up comedy DVD-CD titled "Kent Rader: The Grand Wizard of Comedy" was released in 2014.