A Note From Saranne, Our Founder

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"Nothing seemed very funny February 5th, 1999. It was the evening my funny bone broke.  I was a single mom with a beautiful five-year-old daughter and I just been told I had aggressive cancer. We are taught early that "laughter is the best medicine," but it's easy to forget in the face of such a devastating diagnosis. Today, I am cancer-free, surviving early stage IV cancer. ComedyCures was born my first chemo treatment in Spring of 1999, and it's been a wonderful force in over a million lives ever since.

As a newly-diagnosed cancer patient, I was greatly inspired by the writings of Norman Cousins, the pioneer of therapeutic humor. In 2007, Ihad the honor of meeting three generations of the Cousins' family and sharing this therapeutic legacy. Please enjoy this site and videos and let's do amazing things together, Saranne

Some other highlights of Saranne's 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. Praised for her humor and humanitarian efforts, Saranne has won many recognitions including, "Founder of The Year" on National Philanthropy Day 2016, SmartCEO “Non-Profit CEO of 2014”, 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”, “The Cancer Superhero of the Year” Award, and Saranne was the first therapeutic humor expert called to Ground Zero after September 11th. To contact her please click here!

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

Lauriel is a TV writer/producer with two original series in development. She attended Harvard and The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London for writing.  She co-founded The ComedyCures Foundation at the age of six with her mom, Saranne, who was undergoing cancer treatment. It was discovered at that time that Lauriel was a flute prodigy. Lauriel was first 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. After writing and co-producing her album and music video, Lauriel realized she wanted to create TV series and Hollywood agreed. Philanthropically, Lauriel .supports The Bard Prison Initiative and she has rescued an abused pit bull.

About The ComedyCures Foundation

A GROUP of humor ambassadors!

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 community, comic perspective and hope.
ComedyCures® has produced live therapeutic events and programs across the United States, and in several countries, including Canada, Budapest, Myanmar 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. 
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, the ComedyCures team has won many recognitions including, New York City Recreation & Parks Society “Entertainment Company Award”, Russ Berrie’s “The Making a Difference Award”, The Las Vegas Comedy Festival “Jerry Lewis Humanitarian and Humor Award”, United Way’s “Family Caring Charity” just to name a few. 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.  To contact us, please click here!


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