Vernard T. Hines
The Laugh Therapist
"Blending Mental Health, Faith, and Humor"
Vernard “ The Laugh Therapist” Hines delivers a dose of comedy that fills your heart with laughter and your soul with joy. A Norfolk Virginia native, Vernard retired from the U.S. Army after 20 years and now serves up a unique blend of humor on stages, radio shows, and to veterans organizations across the country.
Vernard was destined to be a comedian. In high school he was voted most popular and the class clown of his senior class. Even during his many years of services he was known for making people burst into laughter. It was his way of coping with all of life’s trials. After retirement, Vernard took a leap of faith and entered a comedy class at the Virginia Beach Funny Bone and went on to take second place in a ‘Clash of the Comics’ contest. This award gave Vernard the courage to use his knack for making people laugh into a full blown career. The second time he entered the ‘Clash of the Comics’ contest he took first place.
After deciding that he wanted to pursue comedy full time, Vernard couldn’t quite settle on a name. He had many names in his first years including Slim and even Reverend Peanut Butter and Jelly. But, it was the memory of his second tour in Iraq that showed him humor could be used as medicine. When Vernard returned home he sought therapy for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and often used humor to talk to his friends about it. The jokes seemed to give him relief and seemed to be a ray of hope for others. It was then Hines realized his pain could be turned into purpose. He decided to call himself ‘The Laugh Therapist’, a comedian who blends mental health, faith, and humor.
This combination has launched Vernard’s career as a The Laugh Therapist, a Motivational Speaker, Host, and Role Model for Mental Health. His brand of comedy has taken him from comedy clubs to churches to veterans organizations and even the VA hospital where he receives his care. Vernard is the epitome of transparency, and compassion, and he uses his gift of storytelling to help veterans and their families living with PTSD.
The Therapist professional credits include co-host of The Cletus Kassady Radio Show, The show ran for 3 years on the Rejoice Radio Network. Vernard appeared on the popular morning radio show ‘The Erica Campbell’ morning show. Vernard also hosts his very own clean comedy show called ‘Kingdom Komedy’.
Vernard has performed with such comedians as Griff from the Erica Campbell morning show, Small Fire, Hamburger, Jason Earls, Nikita B, Antoine Scott, Peaty Ray Red, Cletus Kassady and many more. The Laugh Therapist has a disclaimer that as a Therapist He is not Licensed, just Medicated
His goal is to show everyone that comedy is not only about laughter, but can also be a healthy dose of therapy.
Laughter has been, and will continue to be his THERAPY.