Podcast Episode #11 – Clowning Around

Podcast Episode #11 – Clowning Around
September 26, 2010 Lainie Liberti

Laugh often,

Dream big,

Reach for the stars!

“The human race has only one really effective weapon and that is laughter”

~Mark Twain

In Episode # 11 Lainie & Miro get you caught up on the last two weeks of their adventure.

Lainie and Miro share a little of their experiences  in Nicaragua, from their stay at the surf hostel at Playa Madera called the Dreamcatcher to crossing over the border into Costa Rica.  If you listen carefully you might even hear Miro tell his first joke on a podcast.  Next, they share their future travel plans for Panama and beyond.

Next, Lainie & Miro return to The School of Comedy and Mime in Granada, Nicaragua for a visit.

This episode includes an interview with the school’s Creative Director, Diego Gené. Last year, Miro and Lainie volunteered at the school and fell in love with the project and the people who bring this amazing vision alive.

“You can turn painful situations around through laughter. If you can find humor in anything, even poverty, you can survive it.”

~ Bill Cosby

Escuela de Comedia y el Mimo or The School of Comedy and Mime, is an innovative project designed to educate young people of Granada who are in precarious family situations where poverty, drug abuse,  physical abuse, gangs and other criminal activity are an unfortunate part of daily life. Nicaragua is the  poorest country of Latin America.

Through theater, clowning, mime and circus skills, the  students who participate in the program, discover how to respect themselves and others. They also are exposed to a skill which can help them  make a living through these disciplines. Through this integrated curriculum, students are involved in the physical aspects of art and craftsmanship, as well as unique approaches that helps  improve study skills through individual and cooperative learning techniques, all which Lainie and Miro  got to experience, first hand.

Miro and Lainie both absolutely love the program, the energy and the people at Escuela de Comedia y el Mimo.  After seeing the group perform, one cannot help but to be inspired by the talent and passion present in  each of the performers.

For more information on how you can support this wonderful organization, whether you are considering volunteering your time or skills in person in Nicaragua or if you know someone who would like to film a documentary on this group or if you are inspired, to make an in-kind  donation, please use the contact information below:

Escuela de la Comedia y el Mimo

Diego Gené
La Casa de las Botellitas
De Pila de Agua 125 mts. sureste, vía reparto San Carlos
Barrio El Mamón
Granada, Nicaragua

Tel. +(505)2552 8310
Cel. +(505) 8886 8517

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We want to take a moment to thank a few people who have contributed to our travels. Your donations have helped cover our travel expenses from Guatemala, to Nicaragua. The people who have contributed to Raising Miro are: Terrance O’dowd, Eric Hammond, Chip Jacobs, Billy Horn and Sonia Kim. Thank you so much! Your donations are much appreciated!

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Special Thanks

To those of you who have supported us so far on this journey, the donations we’ve received and the wonderful words of encouragement. Thank you all for your comments and feedback, and please keep them coming. Thank you Hanna for giving us a wonderful professional boost with the intro & outro, engineered by Hanna Jakobson, music “Multilayered Timbres” by Dr. Pimp courtesy of CC (creative commons) license.


  1. Nadene at Hotel La Bocona 14 years ago

    Very cool, Lainie! Continued happy adventures!

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