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Vernard "The Laugh Therapist" Hines delivers a healthy dose of comedy that fills your heart with laughter and your soul with joy. His style of comedy blends Faith, Family, and Mental Health Awareness.


​The Laugh Therapist is the Co-Host of The Jamal Bates Morning Show, A syndicated radio show in Aiken and Florence SC, Anderson SC, as well as Augusta Ga.  He is a natural-born performer and is always excited to put his Comedian skills to the test in front of an audience. Throughout the years, I’ve been working hard to develop my own comedy voice and make sure I stand with my performances. For me, the pleasure of performing comes from forming a connection with my audience and providing a memorably entertaining experience.

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My Story

Retired Sergeant First Class Vernard T. Hines served over 20years 7mo and 4 days in the U.S. Army. a native of Norfolk Va. Vernard battled with PTSD when he retired from the military. He is a professional comedian as well as a mental health advocate and trying to remove the STIGMA of seeking help one joke at a time. "The Laugh Therapist" which he is professionally called, was birthed from talking to a friend about his encounters during the Iraqi war deployments and therapy. The friend asked what kept you from committing suicide. Vernard said Laughter and my Therapist. Thus, The Laugh Therapist was born. I learned I was using Laughter to hide the pain of things in my childhood and as well as things I had experienced while in Iraq, instead of dealing with the issues I would always just laugh it off.


In 2022 Vernard started a FB Live / Podcast called P.T.S.D. Processing Traumatic Situations Differently. This podcast is to allow people to express how they have processed the trauma in their life.



Vernard is certified by the state of Virginia as a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist. He has received The Laughter Therapy Diploma after completing 150 hours of training from the Centre of Excellence Continuing Professional Development. He has performed or spoken for many Veteran organizations, the Veterans Hospital in Hampton Va. The FunnyBone, Cozzy’s comedy club, multiple religious organizations, colleges, private and corporate events. The Laugh Therapist opened for The How Sweet the Sound Gospel Competition which featured Donald Lawrance, Jakalyn Carr, Hezekiah Walker, The Choir Master himself Ricky Dillard and J. J. Hairston in Greenville SC.


To me Laughter is the closes thing to the grace of God so keep your hope in God and keep Laughing no matter what.

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I'm Not Licensed I'm Just Certified

Stand-up Comedian
Radio Personality
Motivational Speaker
P.T.S.D. Advocate
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