About Saranne, Our Founder
Back in 1999, as a newly-diagnosed cancer patient, Saranne Rothberg was greatly inspired by the writings of Norman Cousins, the pioneer of therapeutic humor. In 2007, Saranne had the honor of meeting three generations of the Cousins' family and sharing this therapeutic legacy.
Some other highlights of her incredible journey with ComedyCures include: Programs in hospitals, orphanages, shelters, camps for ill kids, senior homes, and military bases around the world. Saranne gave the first closing TEDx talk at The United Nations. In addition to also producing the first comedy event at The United Nations and teaching the first therapeutic humor workshop at The World Health Organization in Geneva, Saranne also hosted the first Mobile Health Conference for The First Ladies from around the world with The UN and WHO. Saranne has collaborated with The US Marines and and other military. She also produced and hosted the first therapeutic entertainment reunion on Broadway for the families impacted by September 11th with Rotary International.
Saranne created "ComedyCures' LaughingLunch Break" which was featured daily on 1010 Wins Radio, bringing family-friendly humor to millions each week with the talent of over 100 ComedyCures' comedians. She then went on to launch and host "ComedyCures' LaughTalk Radio" live each week on AM970 The Apple in NYC.
Saranne is a stage IV cancer survivor, with no visible disease, and a world-renowned mind/body and therapeutic humor/laughter expert. Saranne resides in Bergen County, New Jersey but travels worldwide for ComedyCures' programs. These award-winning programs are made possible by the hundreds of talented comedians and performers who collaborate with Saranne and our dedicated ComedyCures' staff.
Saranne is honored to have her story documented by Dr. Kelly Turner in this ground breaking book "Radical Remission" which ranked #10 of all hardcover books sold on Amazon on its first night, in addition to also ranking #1 in Self Help/Motivation, #1 in Cancer and #1 in Healing categories and debuting on The New York Times Best Sellers List after one week.
Saranne has also shared her expertise on NBC, ABC, CBS, and PBS and in many major publications like The New York Times, O Magazine, Ladies Home Journal and more. Saranne has won major humanitarian awards and recognitions from New York City, Komen, Rotary, Hadassah, UJA, AOL, Yoplait, Mastercard, Volkswagon, and many more.
The ComedyCures Foundation is a 501(c)3 fully tax exempt non-profit organization (Tax ID #223661833). Your donations are 100% tax-deductible.
About Lauriel, Our Co-Founder
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About The ComedyCures Foundation
ComedyCures® is an award-winning 501(c)3 non-profit organization that brings joy, hope, laughter and therapeutic entertainment programs to the ill and underserved around the globe. Through our live ComedyCures® events and digital outreach, it is our mission to entertain, educate and unify grown-ups and kids living with illness, their families, and medical caregivers. Our audiences experience the benefits of a comic perspective and hope.
ComedyCures® has produced live therapeutic events and programs across the United States, and in several countries, including Asia and Israel, reaching millions of people since 1999 via major media. As ComedyCures® continues touching more lives through our internationally acclaimed live events; we are also focusing on using multi-media technologies to tickle even more funny bones. ComedyCures® collaborates with many medical centers, non-profit organizations, corporations, celebrities and media outlets. ComedyCures® attracts diverse audiences of all races, ages and religious backgrounds from all socio-economic groups. "Yes, laughter is great medicine!" Love, laughter, motivation and inspiration are communicated in every aspect of our unique programs.
More About ComedyCures® Programs
ComedyCures® live events, like LaughingLunch®, have reached over 1,000,000 people. 275,000 visitors stop by our ComedyCures® website monthly to listen to our “Laughter is the Best Medicine” PSA Campaign featuring over 100 comedians as launched daily on 1010 Wins Radio in NYC. Thousands of people each month call 1-888-HA-HA-HA-HA, our ComedyCures® LaughLine®, for a daily joke. Over 100,000 playful ComedyCures® Wellness Joke Book pages have been created and circulated around the world, including delivered to the troops in the Middle East. COMEDYCURES® LAUGHTALK RADIO® launched in 2008 in New York City and received immediate praise.
ComedyCures® Collaborations & Recognition
ComedyCures has collaborated with The World Health Organization, The United Nations, The Red Cross, The United Way, The United States Marines, Hospitals, Ronald McDonalds Charities, Gilda’s Clubs, Paul Newman’s Camps, Susan G. Komen Foundation, Rotary International, American Cancer Society, CaringBridge, Senior facilities, Fortune 500 companies and many prominent organizations to serve patients, caregivers, seniors and medical staffs.
Praised for their humor and humanitarian efforts, Saranne and her ComedyCures team have won many recognitions including, SmartCEO “Non-Profit CEO of 2014”, New York City Recreation & Parks Society “Entertainment Company Award”, The Rotarian “Humanitarian Award”, Hadassah’s “Woman of the Year”, MasterCard’s “Priceless”, NYWA’s “Rising Star Award”, Yoplait/Self Magazine/Komen “Breast Cancer Champion Award”, Russ Berrie’s “The Making a Difference Award”, “The Cancer Superhero of the Year” Award, Volkswagen’s “Force of Good”, “NJ Humanitarian Award”, The Las Vegas Comedy Festival “Jerry Lewis Humanitarian and Humor Award”, United Way’s “Family Caring Charity”. Saranne was the first therapeutic humor consultant called to Ground Zero after September 11th. ComedyCures was awarded a major grant by the Rotary District 7230 NYC/WTC Disaster Relief Fund, Inc. to produce and host "FUNDAYSUNDAY” on Broadway, the first therapeutic humor program for the families of the victims of the 9/11 tragedy. Entertainment Industry Supporters have included: Jackie Mason, Jerry Seinfeld, Damon Wayans, Russell Peters, Friars Club, ComedyCentral, NATPE, ShowTime, Meredith, The Laugh Factory, Caroline’s, Gotham Comedy Club, Broadway Comedy Cafe and more.