Merk Laughing


BY: Mike Merk

In the darkest times in my life, there has always been one thing that kept me from falling over the edge.

That thing is laughter.

I can’t remember how many times I’ve felt hopeless, alone, or depressed about things out of my control. However, I do specifically remember scrolling through Netflix or movies on demand to see what comedy would cheer me up. It could be a new standup comedy special or an old classic like Dumb and Dumber, but one thing was certain, laughter was essential.

The great thing about laughter is that it’s a true healer. A real game-changer.

Drugs, alcohol, and even sex can’t heal, but a good belly laugh can change your world. Everyone has a sense of humor and more importantly everyone deserves to laugh. Laughter doesn’t discriminate. It doesn’t care about your race, religion, or political views. It is the true gift that is available to everyone. It’s not exclusive. There is a reason they say laughter is the best medicine.

Most importantly, laughter is meant to be shared. It should be shared with friends, family, and even strangers. It is the true human connector. This is why live stand-up comedy is an experience like no other. A room full of completely different individuals sharing one huge laugh is a moment like no other. No fighting, no arguing, just enjoying each other’s company with one common goal. This is why laughter is so important. It let’s know we are not alone and that it isn’t hopeless. It’s the greatest gift we can share. Come out to a show and be part of something special. If even just for a few hours.

Come laugh with us.

Mike Merk was born and raised in New York City and has been writing and performing comedy since he was 16 years old. He has performed in clubs all over New York City and is currently a regular at Caesar’s and Tropicana in Atlantic City. Mike Merk’s constant battle with addiction has influenced a real, raw and honest point of view which shines through in his act. Mike’s credits include Sirius XM Radio, TMZ and his couch in queens where he watches a lot of Netflix.