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Saranne Rothberg

Founder and CEO ComedyCures/
Creative Director/Stage IV Cancer Survivor

From stage IV cancer patient to ComedyCures CEO, Saranne Rothberg is a sought-after healthcare thought leader, speaker, patient advocate, and health and happiness expert, and is regularly featured on CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX & PBS. 

 

Saranne collaborates with Fortune 500 companies, leading medical centers, The World Health Organization, The United Nations, The National Cancer Institute, U.S. military, and many prestigious universities and non-profits. She creates innovative global wellness-related programming in all media formats, collaborating with a myriad of healthcare professionals, thought leaders, researchers, and entertainers to start conversations, share ideas at healthcare conventions, stimulate research and find solutions across healthcare and many industries. 

 

Her five latest live digital experiences "JokeFest: The Funniest Game Show", "The 5-Day Laughter Summit", "The Mindset & Metastatic Cancer Research Study",  "A Virtual Globe of Laughter" and The 31-Day "Can We Laugh At Cancer?" Online 'Tumor Humor' Comedy Challenge have generated several hundreds of millions of impressions and brought ComedyCures joy around the globe to many of all ages during the pandemic.

 

Saranne launched The ComedyCures Foundation from her chemo chair in 1999 and today is cancer-free, helping over one million people at over 1,900 live and digital events worldwide rediscover their funny bone, mojo, and purpose. ComedyCures is an acclaimed non-profit organization that brings joy, hope, laughter, and therapeutic edu-tainment to patients, caregivers, and those who need it most.

Lauriel Harte Marger

Co-Founder ComedyCures/
TV Writer/Producer

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Lauriel Harte Marger has been named executive story editor of the television series, “Nancy Drew”. Most recently, her original script won one of the best five comedy scripts of The Writers Guild of America West 2022 competition. Prior, Lauriel served as a writer and then story editor on FOX's "Prodigal Son", seasons one and two, respectively. She simultaneously created and wrote a darkly comedic YA series for Quibi, developed by Character 7 (The Undoing, The Night Manager). And previously, she sold a YA, supernatural drama pilot to YouTube Red with Fake Empire (Gossip Girl, Dynasty). Lauriel is repped by Sugar23, WME, and Felker Toczek Suddleson Abramson LLP.

 

A storyteller at heart, Lauriel came to TV and film by way of songwriting, after dropping out of high school to sign a record deal at WB Records. As an accomplished flautist, she debuted with The New York Philharmonic at age 11, and has also written songs for many non-profit causes, as a Youth Ambassador for the United Nations and World Health Organization. 

 

After turning down a scholarship to study neuroscience and anthropology, Lauriel couch-surfed in London while enrolled in a playwriting program at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, before living on a futon in Somerville and crashing classes at Harvard. She sold her first script at 23.

 

Lauriel co-founded The ComedyCures Foundation at age 6 along with her Mom, Saranne Rothberg, who was undergoing cancer treatment. Lauriel supports the Bard Prison Initiative, which brings liberal arts education to inmates in upstate New York.

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Saranne Rothberg
Founder/CEO/Creative Director/
Stage IV Cancer Survivor 


Lauriel Harte Marger 
Co-Founder/TV Writer/Producer

Neil Berliner, M.D.
Comedy Writer-In-Residence

Kathy Poodiack, PA
Researcher-In-Residence

Lorena Ortega
Program Manager

Aprile Bertomo
Program Coordinator
Researcher


Reuven Travis
Researcher

Marcia Jacobovitz
Program Funds

ADVISORS 
Digital Programming:
Ryan Amman
David Calderwood

Edna Kominsky
Zarna Garg
Cathy Goldin

Colleen Grillo

Eric Hanson

Marla Isackson

Julie Landy

Michael Rann

Michealene Risley

Brain/Psychoneuroimmunology/

Stress Researchers

Dr. Lee Berk 

Dr. Katherine Grill

Dr. Earl Henslin

Dr. Claire Wheeler

 

Opportunities:

Michael J. DeStefano

Sean Howard
Marc Philip Weill


Technology

Ian Rahman

Sean Zhang

Scot Braunzell

 


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