Virginia Is For Laughers with X2 Comedy

Virginia Is For Laughers with X2 Comedy

Love to laugh and hear people’s stories? Do you live in, plan to visit, curious about life in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and looking for things to do besides hiking? Then this is for you. Join host comedian Dawn Davis Womack whose claim to fame is having a son that made it to the NFL. BFFs and strangers alike find she’s light-hearted, genuine, family-oriented and never late for a happy hour! It’s engaging conversations with comedians and other fascinating peeps on faith, comedy, life, fitness, food, drinks and entertainment in the Valley.

Episodes

January 12, 2022 57 min
Join us for lots of laughs and a heartwarming authentic chat with The Laugh Therapist, Vernard Hines. Hear his story about the healing power of comedy battling his PTSD and how it saved his life. Listen to the realities and challenges his faces in life and how he adapts. Hear how he describes his comedy; what the audience can expect and how he channels the energy from his PTSD into his performances. Find out why he calls himself Th...
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Listen to an awe inspiring and uplifting chat with Joanne Gabbin, the first black professor in the English Department at JMU with a building on campus recently named after her. Hear her rich stories that lead her to establish the nation’s first academic center for Black poetry and the changes she’s seen in her 36 years at James Madison University. Listen to the degree options available to her in the early 1960s and how her student ...
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Happy New Year Laughers! Anytime of year is a good time to reset your mindset so for you we have this upbeat inspirational episode filled with wisdom nuggets with Letitia Bates. Hear her story of how unhealed trauma lead her to becoming a Mindset & Empowerment Coach. Discover how she helps people transform to share their gifts, talents and abilities to achieve a higher level. Learn what the different levels of trauma that we al...
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Join us for a fun inspirational time filled with laughs chatting it up with Amy Strunk from Rocktown Yarn where they are building an inclusive community and where you can shop local for yourself, for gifts and more!  Hear the story of how this cancer survivor found her way back to Harrisonburg and reconnected to her passion for the fiber arts.  Find out about the biggest challenged she faced opening the shop and what she would have...
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Join us for an upbeat fun chat to hear the story of Christmas In The Valley where you can enjoy a magical drive through light show at the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds. Learn what happens behind the scenes to create this 1.5 mile trail with over 40 Holiday scenes and light display where you can also tune into a radio station and watch the lights dance to the music! Find out how the buying process works for displays this size and wh...
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Join us for an upbeat casual chat on the history and current happenings at Brix & Columns with Stephanie Pence.  With Jeffersonian structures and spectacular panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, you can sip wine, enjoy events or book your dream wedding here! Hear the stories of their rich agriculture background that lead to the opening of this venue. Learn the inspiration behind the Jeffersonian structures and what key ...
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Join us for laughs and an easygoing entertaining chat with die-hard introvert and comedian, Paul Synder. Listen to how he got his start doing comedy.  Find out how he addresses his low-energy after following high-energy comics during shows. Hear what his friends, family and co-workers reactions are to him doing stand up. Discover what he does for a day job that takes him traveling quite a bit to “undisclosed locations”. Learn what ...
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Join us for delightfully fun chat to grab several amazing healthy holiday entertaining cooking tips and recipes from Lois and Don Carter at The Recipe Idea Shop. It’s comfort food recipes with a healthy twist. Hear how Lois’ heart attack lead her on a journey of eating healthier and losing 40 pounds without going on a diet. Hear Don’s family stories of the cooks in his family that made food fun and shaped his love for cooking. Grab...
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Join us for a very fun and entertaining episode with Elf themed holiday improv and a chat with 9 students from JMU’s New & Improv.’d! Get to know them a little bit before the Elf games. Find out what character they would be in a Christmas movie and why. Discover how auditions work and traditions they have for new members. Hear how the transition went from the virtual shows last year with Covid back to live shows this fall with ...
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Join us for a super fun uplifting chat on all things North Pole with Mr. and Mrs. Claus! Find out why they chose the Shenandoah Valley as their second home. Learn what kind of cookie is Santa’s favorite and what he does when he comes across a home without a chimney. Find out what Mrs. Claus is up to when Santa is out of town. Learn how sleigh technology has changed over time; what happens when the sleigh breaks down and how you can...
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Join us for a casual and inspiring chat with laughs. Listen to the story of PrePOPsterous Gourmet Popcorn & Sodas, a Virginia Living Made in Virginia Award Winner with Tisha McCoy-Ntiamoah. From living in the Midwest to JMU, hear how this Mom-preneur transitioned to doing her business full-time from a dream deferred and the lessons learned. Find out what’s in the North River Marketplace you can also see and enjoy! Discover how ...
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Join us for a super fun sporty chat! Hear the story of how this ACC player birthed his coaching career from the adversity of two medical redshirts back to back in college. Find out how these trials and tribulations of season ending injuries have shaped his different perspective as a coach. Discover his answer to the question “What do you do all day?” Be entertained by the story of the best venue he’s played in as a player and which...
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Join us for lots of laughs and a super fun chat with these hilarious comics, Andy Beningo and Bill Boronkay.  Listen to how they each got their start in comedy and check out their numerous comedy credits! Some of these include Andy’s Drybar Comedy Special, "Adorable Tough Guy" that’s generated over 5 million views on social media. He’s also been named the 40 Best Up and Coming comedians in the country; tours with Frank Cali...
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Join us for a casual fun chat with folks that feel like family at Old Town Cidery aka the cider yard! Listen to their story with Kelly Kinsey, Tasting Room Manager; Stephen Kelly, Cider Maker; and David Glaize, Co-Owner. Since 1937, four generations of Glaizes have produced premium fruit harvests between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains.  Learn about the apple growing industry; interesting facts about it and the pandemic pivo...
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Join us for a casual and upbeat chat with Kevin Gibson from VA Momentum, a social enterprise creating fun active community focused events done in person and virtual for all skill levels.  Hear VA Momentum’s story that began with a JMU connection. Discover the participant value-adds they create that makes doing their events so fun! Don’t miss the highly entertaining story of the Mayor pardoning a live turkey. Then listen to how he a...
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Join us for an engaging and inspiring episode with Connie Peterson, an Age Group World Triathlon Triathlete; JMU Professor in Athletic Training and proud aunt of a Gold Medalist in the Olympics this year! Hear her story and be inspired to achieve a higher level of fitness. Learn more about the world of triathlons and what it’s like to compete at a World Class level. Discover the slogan that inspired her when working the Paralympic ...
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Join us for an upbeat and enlightening episode with music creative Ryan Clark Slocum. Listen to Ryan’s story that started with creating music using his parents’ basement using their old records to becoming the DJ Multidimensional Artist he is today having performed at over 550 events! Listen to his philosophy on one’s creative potential, his takeaways from doing the 'Tools of War Park Jams' in NYC that helped shaped his car...
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Join us for an upbeat chat with the hilarious, Dewayne White. Listen to the story of how this DC Combat Veteran transitioned to stand up comedy through the Armed Services Arts Partnership Comedy Bootcamp. Hear his insights on what it’s like teaching the Comedy Bootcamp now. Find out more about the DC comedy scene. Listen to his take and process as comic that works blue on making the shift writing and performing clean comedy. Learn ...
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September 29, 2021 32 min
Join us for laughs chatting about comedy and life with Comedian Phillip Page, based out of DC. Hear the life path that led him to stand up comedy. Listen to his take on clean comedy as a comic that also works blue. Hear a heartfelt impromptu sharing of vulnerable moments from his own past that made his recent performance and participation in a ‘Unity In The Community Event’ more impactful. Find out what his comedy material is about...
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Join us for a fun and informative episode with JP Gulla, the new Managing Director of Court Square Theater in downtown Harrisonburg. Hear JP’s story about his performance and business background that lead to him to overseeing the 260 seat theater featuring films, film festivals, live performances, Valley Playhouse Community Theater productions, community events and more! Learn about the new safety measures, upgrades and find out up...
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