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 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, genders and religious backgrounds from all socio-economic groups.
More About ComedyCures® Programs
*Have you laughed with us? ComedyCures® produces award-winning live events, like our LaughingLunch®, LaughAbout®, Laugh-A-Thon® programs and many collaborative Keynote appearances and worshops. *Have you heard our ComedyCures® “Laughter is the Best Medicine” PSA Campaign featuring over 100 comedians as launched daily on 1010 Wins Radio in NYC? *Are you one of the thousands of people each month who call 1-888-HA-HA-HA-HA, our ComedyCures® LaughLine®, for a daily joke? *Did you make or receive one of our 100,000 playful ComedyCures® Wellness Joke Book pages which have been created and circulated around the world? *Did you call to talk to us live on COMEDYCURES® LAUGHTALK RADIO® launched on AM 970 The Apple in New York City? Did we happen to visit you in the hospital or call to cheer you up? Please see our "Programs" page for more details or contact us to attend or collaborate.
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, the homeless, 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 are listed on "Our Team" page. The ComedyCures Foundation is a 501(c)3 fully tax exempt non-profit organization (Tax ID #223661833). Donations are tax-deductible.To contact us, please click here!
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A Note From Saranne, Our Founder
"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.
ABOUT "RADICAL REMISSION"
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 with two original series in development. She attended Harvard and The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London for writing. 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 pit bull.