The Stollery was full of smiles yesterday as young patients and their families were treated to a private showing by performers from the Edmonton International Street Performers festival.

Comedy Cares is an award-winning outreach initiative aiming to prove that laughter can soothe the soul, and they certainly proved that point at the children’s hospital yesterday.

“It’s laughter where you really need it the most,” said the festival’s artistic director Shelley Switzer. “We’re bringing it to the folks who really can’t join us at the square during the festival.”

Singing pirates, break-dancers and of course, a clown were just a few of the acts tickling young funny bones.

“It’s just that absolute joy in being able to see something that is so alive, so active, and so fun,” said Dianne Tuterra, the Stollery’s child life team leader.

Comedy Cares continues at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital today and the Cross Cancer Institute tomorrow.