Comedian Mark Curry always knew he could use humor to his advantage. He never realized he'd be using it to help him heal. Dr. Oz talks to the funnyman about how humor helped him come back from a significant injury.
In April 2006, an accidental fire in Mark's home caused burns over 18 percent of his body. He spent three days in a coma and woke up in excruciating pain, confused, depressed and angry. He says that laughter helped him cope. "Bill Cosby called me," Mark says. "My friends were calling me—Sinbad, Martin Lawrence, Tommy Davidson; they're all comedians. They were ripping me. I was crying and laughing."
Mark says he creates all his comedy from real-life experiences and his hospital stay was no exception. "When I was in the hospital, I told them, 'Give me a pad so I can remember everything,'" he explains. Three days after coming out of the hospital, he was on stage, incorporating the accident into his act. "I was depressed, but all I know is comedy. I joke about it because it's too much to talk about seriously."
Printed from Oprah.com on Tuesday, December 10, 2013