Worried about the economy, the wars, the world in general?

You need a good laugh.

Sonoma County’s growing, lively improvisational comedy community is here to help.

Bridget Palmer, founder and leader of 6th Street Improv, reports the troupe’s ArtsSonoma Festival appearances at various Santa Rosa venues last weekend evidently had the desired effect.

“One of the highlights for us was being presented with a big piece of smoked salmon from the fish vendor at the SR Farmer’s Market after we made up a song singing the praises of their seafood. It was fun for us, but it obviously touched the stall owner, too,” Palmer said.

“We also serenaded a woman at the SR Plaza who was an addict in recovery, looking for signs to stay hopeful on her difficult path towards putting her life back together. ”

Your can see 6th Street Improv and four other comedy troupes at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17, in “The Best of Sonoma County Improv Show” in the G. K. Hardt Theater at the 6th Street Playhouse, 52 W. Sixth St., Santa Rosa. The troupe usually plays the Studio Theater at 6th Street, so this is a rare chance to see live improv in the main auditorium.

The show also features the Improvaholics, Slip Goose Monkey, Hot Curtain and The World’s Biggest Comedy Duo.

Tickets: $14;  Student Rush Price with ID,  $10. Information: 523-4185, 6thstreetplayhouse.com.

Go ahead and laugh. You’ll feel better.