Traumedy: Healing Brain Trauma With Comedy

With Mimi Hayes

Most people wouldn't think that a brain hemorrhage is funny (spoiler: it's not), but somehow Mimi gets on stages across the world and makes us laugh at the impossible. After a near-death experience and having a traumatic brain injury at the age of twenty-two, she recovered and became a comedian and author in NYC. Mimi uses her story to push the comedic envelope. In this interview, she confirmed, she was funny even before the brain hemorrhage!

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About Mimi Hayes

Mimi Hayes is a New York-based comedian and author of “I’ll Be OK, It’s Just a Hole in My Head.” A former high school teacher and brain injury survivor, Hayes wrote her first memoir while recovering from a traumatic head injury at the age of twenty-two. Her honest take on trauma and love followed her to the stage as a stand-up comedian where she has performed on stages such as Denver Comedy Works, Broadway Comedy Club, Stand Up NY, Caroline’s, Dangerfield’s, and The Upright Citizen’s Brigade. She debuted her one-woman show “I’ll Be OK” at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She is writing a TED Talk as well as a TV adaptation of the book. Catch “Mimi and The Brain,” her comedic neuroscience podcast available on all streaming devices. You can cyberstalk her at mimihayes.com, follow her on Twitter and Instagram (@mimihayesbrain), or send her a carrier pigeon.  

7 Comments

  1. Mary Phelan

    Thank you for sharing your story! You bring so much healing laughter to the world!

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    • Mimi Hayes

      Thank you Mary! I appreciate you watching 🙂

      Reply
  2. Tabitha Akanbi

    Thank you for sharing ! The is laughter in pain and I love that concept ! A laugh a day takes the pain away !

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    • Mimi Hayes

      Thank you, Tabitha! I so agree with you! 🙂

      Reply
  3. Manuela

    Thank you Mimi. You touched my heart this morning. I needed to hear your encouragement. ❤️

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    • Mimi Hayes

      Manuela, I am so honored to hear that! Keep going!

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    • Richa Badami

      Yes yes yes! This is what this is for…the support and encouragement and community are what this series is about. I am so glad you were able to find that here Manuela!!!

      Reply

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