Hospital elevators are sort of like green rooms for Tiffany Riley and Dick Monday.
“That’s when Dr. Slappy lets one rip,” Monday jokes, as they head to the fourth floor at Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth.
The short ride gives them a moment to warm up before they make the rounds.
“I don’t know what you’re talking about,” Riley says, as one long, fart sound goes off from somewhere in her pocket.
“Yeah, it’s just the worst place to do that,” he says.
For the past 20 years, Riley and Monday have been making young patients across North Texas laugh as professional healthcare clowns.
The Laughter League, the nonprofit that the pair are a part of, is the only professional healthcare clown program in Texas.
While they don’t have medical degrees, they are trained to use those clowning skills to help hospitals reduce the stress and fear patients might be feeling.