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HumorTech's Mission: Laughter and Human Connection

As our everyday lives become moreentwined and linked to technology, we need to remember one of our most basic skills--the creation of laughter and the deep human connection it forms. For over a decade now, HumorTech and its owner, Terry Sand, have set a goal to bring as much play and heartfelt fun into the workplace as possible.

HumorTech’s continually expanding work helps keep our ability to have our hearts and our humanity open and alive in everyday corporate culture. By bringing HumorTech into your company, you are taking a stand for the lighthearted fun that opens new opportunities for expanding into more successful possibilities, making deeper heart connections, and establishing new pathways to creativity in your business. This, in turn, increases productivity and enhances your bottom-line profits.

Terry Sand's Background and History

Raised in Los Angeles, Terry Sand began her career at a young age, performing in commercials and films. At the age of 10, as she saw her playmates putting aside their carefree play to begin the transition into puberty, she made a promise to herself to always remember how to laugh and play so that she could keep that value alive in others. She has kept that vow.

Terry graduated from UCLA with a masters degree in Modern Dance and Theater. Since1977, she has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area where she has further perfected her performance skills.

Terry's Professional Improv Skills

Terry then became well known throughout the Bay Area for her improvisational comedy stage performances and educational comedy workshops. She became a founding member of several successful improv comedy groups including Femprov, Fishheads and the Part-Time Dance Company. She also won the San Francisco All-Pro Comedy Award in 1984 and went on to win the Cabaret Gold Award in 1986. Another rare distinction she holds is becoming the winner of the first-ever Miss Haight-Asbury Beauty Pageant.

Her Talent in Television

In the Fall of 2000, Terry was one a featured participant in a new three-part PBS special called The Promise of Play. It is still playing in many markets around the country. This documentary focuses on the importance of play in our everyday lives. From time to time, Terry has also been invited to entertain Portland, Oregon audiences on A.M. Northwest, a local morning show, where she has given comedic tips on household crafts.

Earlier in her career, her outstanding live performances led Terry to receive many television offers. She was the entertainment reporter on Evening Magazine for several years, hosting her own TV segments entitled Terry on the Town.

Other local television shows she has appeared on include People Are Talking and The Afternoon Show, where she was featured in a regular segment called Tips from Terry. She then landed her first national show when she appeared as a regular on The Will Shriner Show. A PBS broadcast also cast Terry as their entertainment expert on a program called Make Yourself at Home.

Her Nationally-Recognized Standing as a Corporate Speaker

Terry then decided to turn her attention to a national speaking career along with teaching improvisational comedy near home. For over a decade now, she has traveled the country speaking at some of the nation’s largest companies as she presents Humor in the Workplace playshops, conferences, and keynote speeches. The testimonials she has received over the years speak for themselves.

During her spare time, she teaches a weekly improv comedy class where dozens of Silicon Valley professionals consistently show up for a playful, creative experience. As an outgrowth of that class, Terry has formed and is the artistic director of The Red Herrings, an improvisational comedy troupe that puts on several shows a year.

Her Prestigious Professional Memberships

Terry’s professional memberships include the Screen Actors’ Guild (SAG), American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) and The Lupus Foundation. At the National Speakers Association’s Convention, Terry was asked to present the first ever improvisational comedy show at their national convention.

Her family life

When Terry isn't working, she's having fun at home with her husband, Norman Newhouse, a personal injury attorney in the San Francisco Bay Area, and their young daughter. They all love to spend time together riding horses, sailing, cycling, watching movies, swimming, taking weekend trips, and occasionally performing in community improv shows and fund-raisers directed by Terry.


To book Terry for an event, discuss a customized program, or just get more information, you can contact her by email or call her at (650)224-9181 in Redwood City, CA (USA) between 10am and 6pm, Monday through Friday, Pacific Time.

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