A Note From Saranne, Our Founder

Saranne Rothberg Photo.jpg

"Nothing seemed very funny February 5th, 1999. That was the night I fractured my funny bone.  I was a single mom with a beautiful five-year-old daughter and I had just been told I had aggressive cancer. We are taught early that "Laughter is the best medicine," but it's easy to forget that in the face of such a devastating diagnosis. Exploring all my emotions and developing my sense of humor were critical in keeping me hopeful. Today I am cancer-free; surviving early stage IV cancer. The ComedyCures Foundation was born during my first chemo treatment 18 years ago when I threw my first "Chemo Comedy Party". ComedyCures®has been a wonderful force in over a million lives ever since. Please enjoy our website, feel-good comedy, videos and live events. With your support, we can do amazing things together to bring joy and wellness to others. Thanks, Saranne"

SARANNE ROTHBERG, Founder/CEO The ComedyCures Foundation

As a sought-after Speaker and Health and Happiness Expert, Saranne is regularly featured on CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX & PBS. From stage IV cancer patient to ComedyCures CEO, Oprah celebrates Saranne Rothberg as her "Hero" in Oprah's book "Live Your Best Life". Dr. Oz proclaimed Saranne as a “medical miracle” on his TV show. Saranne launched The ComedyCures Foundation from her chemo chair in 1999 to bring, joy, hope, laughter and therapeutic entertainment to other patients and their caregivers. Today, Saranne is cancer-free. Saranne has helped over one million people at over 1,400 live events rediscover their funny bones.

Saranne was the first therapeutic humor expert called to Ground Zero after September 11th. She then produced "FundaySunday" which was the first therapeutic reunion on Broadway for the victims' children. Saranne went on to launch UN Women with the former President of Chile. Saranne gave the first closing "TEDx Talk" at The United Nations, in addition to producing the first comedy event in the history of The United Nations. Saranne also taught the first therapeutic humor workshop at The World Health Organization in Geneva and hosted the first Mobile Health Conference for The First Ladies from around the world with The UN and WHO.

Saranne creates unique, interactive programming in all media formats. Millions tuned into their radios to hear ComedyCures LaughingLunch® Break and ComedyCures LaughTalk Radio®. Saranne has collaborated with Fortune 500 Companies, hospitals, universities, medical conventions, The Military, United Nations and World Health Organization.

Saranne has also shared her expertise in many major publications like The New York Times, O Magazine, Ladies Home Journal and more. Recognitions include: "Founder of The Year” - National Philanthropy Day 2016 in New York City, “YWCA 2016 Woman of Influence”, SmartCEO Non-Profit CEO of 2014, AOL's "Mom of 2010", SELF Magazine/Komen/Yoplait's "Cancer Champion", GW University Business School's "Social Entrepreneur of the Year", "The Rotarian Humanitarian Award”, Hadassah’s “Woman of the Year”, MasterCard’s “Priceless”, NYWA’s “Rising Star Award”, Gateway's “Cancer Superhero of the Year” Award.


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. It immediately debuted on The New York Times Best Sellers List and is now in 20 languages thanks to Saranne and Dr. Turner's appearance on The Dr. Oz Show. To contact Saranne, please click here! To download a copy of Saranne's bio click here.

The ComedyCures Foundation is a 501(c)3 fully tax exempt non-profit organization (Tax ID #223661833).  Donations are tax-deductible.

About Lauriel, Our Co-Founder

Lauriel is a TV writer/producer. She has joined Greg Berlanti’s writing staff on “Prodigal Son” airing this fall on Fox network. Lauriel also has two original series in development with the creators of “Gossip Girl”, “The OC”, “The Night Manager”, and Jeffrey Katzenberg’s Quibi.  Lauriel co-founded The ComedyCures Foundation. She was a child prodigy flutist; originally signed to a record deal after writing and singing several Human Rights songs for The United Nations and World Health Organization. Lauriel launched The International Year of Youth at The UN with former Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon. Lauriel supports The Bard Prison Initiative and she has rescued an abused Rhodesian Ridgeback.

Our Media Coverage: