Final exams taking their toll on you? Too stressed out by all the political conflict, the NFL draft, the TV sweeps period? All those nasty weather fronts been giving you migraines?

Consider the benefits of meditation. And then, take the shortcut: Laugh.

As the Los Angeles Times reports, brain scientists have found that a good laugh has similar to expert meditation. From the article:

"The research was presented in San Diego this week by Dr. Lee Berk, a psychosomatic medicine specialist at Loma Linda University's School of Medicine. Berk told the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology's 2014 meeting that, for 31 university students whose scalps were rigged up with listening electrodes while they watched videos either distressing or comical, unfettered laughter was the thing that brought their brain waves most consistently into a mock-meditative state."

So, with your mental health in mind, Milwaukee's Arcade Theatre is presenting not one but two comedy shows Saturday night, May 17.

7:30 p.m., Retro Comedy Night

Retro Comedy Night

One of your favorite TV sitcoms will be performed live by some of Milwaukee's funniest actors. From Facebook:

"This month's show features Stand Up from Sammy Arechar and a classic sitcom episode performed live on stage by Amanda Carson, Gretchen Mahkorn, Jared Stepp, Marcus Beyer, Jacob Woelfel, Kelsey Whitford, Erik Koconis, Vince Figueroa, Liz Whitford and Amanda Eaton!"

Tickets are $15 at the door; $10 online.

8:30 p.m., The Goodnight Milwaukee Show with Jake Kornely and Tyler Menz

From Facebook:

"The Goodnight Milwaukee Show is a Milwaukee centric variety show that mixes local humor with the traditional talk show template. Join Jake and Tyler as they interview crazy guests, play super-fun games, and tell jokes, lots of jokes! "

Tickets are $12 at the door; $10 online.

Both shows are at 161 W. Wisconsin Ave., lower level. It doesn't take a brain scientist to find it. It's downstairs from TJ Maxx.

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