Through private and corporate donations, and the goodwill and humor of the comedy industry, it is our mission to entertain and educate kids and grown-ups living with illness, their families, and medical caregivers about the benefits of laughter and a comic perspective on the mind, body, and spirit.

 

About Saranne & The ComedyCures Foundation

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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.

Our Volunteers

A GROUP of humor ambassadors!

A GROUP of humor ambassadors!

HUMOR AMBASSADOR

HUMOR AMBASSADOR provide the link between ComedyCures and the entertainment industry. Honorary HUMOR AMBASSADORs are celebrities and prominent Industry Insiders that have participated in our events, and/or provided guidance, and/or hope to work with us in the future, and/or wear our LIVE LOVE LAUGH pins and bracelets to support or programs and/or have made donations to support our free patient programs. We are grateful for their gifts of laughter.

We'd love for you to become an honorary or official ComedyCures humor ambassador. Contact us: info@comedycures.org.

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Maxim Basch

Richard Grossman

Philip Kaplan

Merrick Steinberg

Saranne Rothberg

 

ADVISORS

They give of their time and their talent, and we truly can't thank them enough.

Frances Aaron
Gerette Allegra
John Anthony
Loreen Arbus
Maxim Basch
Bill Bennington
Angelica Berrie
Ted Carnevale, CPA
Jim Cummings
Mike Evers
Joel Goodman
Jeff Graubard
Fred Howard
Allen Klein
Jeanette Lerman
Lisa Manton
Paul McGhee
Naava Parker
Bahman Samiian
Nancy Sharp-Zickerman
Rick Steinberg
Lori Stokes
Shirley Trout
Michael Webber
Matt Weinstein
Steve Wilson
Patty Wooten