May 02, 2007 13:00 ET

Comedian Launches "Long Term Care Tour" to Celebrate National Nursing Home Week

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 2, 2007 -- "New York's Funniest Psychologist," aka Drew Velting, will take his geriatric-friendly, stand-up comedy on the road to observe National Nursing Home Week (May 13-19). Starting May 14 at South Shore Healthcare in Freeport, NY, the Long Term Care Tour will visit seven nursing homes in the region.

Over a span of two weeks, the comedian will entertain residents and staff at elder care and rehabilitation centers across the New York Metropolitan Area. "I love performing at nursing homes," says Velting, "but I'm working my way up to assisted living." He's convinced that laughter promotes hope, recovery, and a general sense of well-being.

His "thoughtfulness and devotion to bringing joy to others is invaluable," said Suzanne Donohue, director of therapeutic recreation at the Belair Care Center in Bellmore, NY. He "not only put a smile on our faces, but in our hearts."

Long Term Care Tour Dates:

May 14 - South Shore Healthcare (Freeport, NY)
May 16 - Fairview Nursing Care Center (Forest Hills, NY)
May 17 - East Neck Nursing & Rehabilitation Center (West Babylon, NY)
May 18 - St. Catherine of Siena Nursing Home (Smithtown, NY)
May 21 - Bridge View Nursing Home (Whitestone, NY)
May 23 - Komanoff Center for Geriatric & Rehab Medicine (Long Beach, NY)
May 24 - Resort Nursing Home (Arverne, NY)
For additional information please contact Drew Velting or visit his website at

About Drew Velting:

Notable for his quick wit and dry delivery, Drew Velting is a clinical psychologist, who performs stand-up comedy in cafes, comedy clubs, and nursing homes. He is a member of the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor. Look for some of his comedy material in the soon-to-be-published revision of "Joke Express," edited by Judy Brown.

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