Le Rire Médecin

Le Rire Médecin is an association founded in 1991 that brings professional clowns into paediatric hospital wards to entertain children and help them cope with their disease through play and laughter.

Clowns for sick children



A special moment with Chloe, 4, an impromptu lullaby for a newborn, an crazy rap with Hugo, 15... With the clowns, anything is possible as they entertain and brighten the lives of hospitalized children.

Comedians in the hospital help sick children cope with hospitalization, encourage the families to keep the disease in perspective, and offer caregivers some time to relax and so they can better focus on the child.



Le Rire Médecin

Jacques-Grison_LeRireMedecin_2In France, 1 out of 2 children are hospitalized at least once before the age of 15. Le Rire Médecin entertains hospitalized children with games and laughter to help them overcome their disease.

Created almost 25 years ago, Le Rire Médecin has since established itself as the leading association of professional clowns in hospitals. Today the association has 100 clowns who annually put on more than 72,000 shows for children, their families and caregivers.

The clowns visit 2 days a week, year-round, in 45 paediatric wards in 15 hospitals *. Always in pairs, they improvise personalised shows for each child they visit.

Learn more about le Rire Médecin : www.leriremedecin.org

* Institut Gustave Roussy (Villejuif), (October 1991) / Hôpital Louis Mourier (Colombes) (October 1991) / Hôpital d'Enfants Armand Trousseau (Paris) (January 1993) / Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Nantes, (May 1995) / Centre hospitalier Régional d'Orléans (June 1996) / Hôpital Ambroise Paré (Boulogne), (January 1997) / Hôpital Intercommunal de Créteil (May 1997) / Necker-Enfants Malades Hospital (Paris) (February 2002) / Hôpital Timone Enfants (Marseille), (January 2003) / Hôpital Jean Verdier (Bondy) (September 2005) / Hôpital Gatien de Clocheville (Tours CHU) (March 2007) / Hôpital Brabois (Nancy), (January 2008) / Hôpital Robert Debré (Paris) (June 2009) / Hôpital Bicêtre (Kremlin Bicêtre) (October 2012) / Centre Hospitalier Universitaire d'Angers (May 2014)



100 clowns, 100% professional

Not just anybody can entertain children hospitalized in paediatric wards!


The clowns who volunteer at Le Rire Médecin are not doctors. They are experienced professional actors who are experts in improvisation and other performing arts including music, singing, dance, mime, puppets, magic and juggling.

Actors who join the association receive initial training lasting several weeks to learn how to work in a hospital environment.

Le Rire Médecin also provides ongoing training on medical issues and artistic concepts to strengthen team spirit among clowns.

They also engage in constant dialogue with the health care teams.



le rire médecinFidel Fillaud, partner of the association since 2009, has this to say:

"We are proud to be a partner of this association, which we believe in 200%.

• The "hopiclowns" are experienced professional actors formally trained to do their job in a medical setting.
• Its founder Caroline Simonds, who is a hopiclown herself, is a remarkable woman.

We provide financial support to Le Rire Médecin, but we wanted to do more to educate our employees, customers, suppliers, partners and business circles (articles in our Mag, visual presence at our stands, in our offices, on our web site, and at our corporate events, participation in national charitable actions).

Being a partner of Le Rire Médecin symbolizes our social commitment and creates a bond among all our employees."

For more information on partnerships between business and Le Rire Médecin, click herei


© photos  Jacques Grison / Le Rire Médecin


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