Comedy & Keynotes

PLEASE NOTE THAT ANY OF THE PRESENTATIONS DESCRIBED BELOW

CAN BE OFFERED LIVE OR VIRTUAL.

 

PRAISE FROM HAPPY CLIENTS:

Susan hit it out of the ballpark . . . She was uplifting, very funny, well-rounded, inspirational–the whole package. I’d book her again in a heartbeat.”  Mikey Hoeven, First Lady of North Dakota (former), Mikey Hoeven’s Women’s Health Summit

WOW!!! Susan was incredible! This was the first time (in 16 years) that we had a STANDING OVATION after the speaker . . . Susan – You were everything this event/cause needed and more!”  —Jennifer Lambert, Development Officer, High Point Regional Health Foundation

We have heard nothing but great remarks on Susan’s presentation . . . many wroteBest Speaker ever!”  Beth Jones, Director of Community Education and Services, Community Health Works, Macon, GA

“As our keynote speaker for Women’s History Month…. Susan Sparks’ heartfelt message totally delighted the audience . . . Laughing with her was a refreshing oasis in our workday.”   Linda Lee Walker, Chief Compliance Officer, Prudential Insurance Company of America

“In the words of one of our lovely guests… She’s a keeper!” Susan Sparks delivers timely and relevant messages with a poignant levity.Samantha Talora, Communications Manager, Canyon Ranch, Lenox, MA

Topics:

LAUGH YOUR WAY TO GRACE

Laughter is one of the most powerful, yet under-appreciated tools we have in this life. It can reduce stress, improve health, defuse conflict, empower creative thinking, build bridges, awaken our spiritual connections, and inspire hope. I’ve learned this firsthand as a minister, a comedian, and  a cancer survivor. This popular keynote is for anyone who wants to lighten their perspective, focus their energies and tap the power of their innate sense of joy. It can be offered as a keynote, a comedy show, or a 1/2 day or full day interactive workshop.

Clients range from the American Heart Association and Vidant Cancer Care to the Chautauqua Institution and numerous local and national religious gatherings.

THE ROAD NEVER TRAVELED

After a complete career U-turn from lawyer to minister and comedian, including a two year trip around the world, I learned a thing or two about change and transitions. The Road Never Traveled uses my experience to offer entertaining, yet concrete tools that will help you take risks, face your fears, and make the changes you need to move forward.

Featured by Canyon Ranch and Red Mountain Resort.

THE LAUGH IN PEACE TOUR

Join me, Rabbi Bob Alper and Muslim Comic Gibran Saleem for a fun-filled evening of interfaith comedy that highlights our commonalities. You will think, laugh and leave with a little different view of the world. Clients include the World Bank, the Clinton Presidential Center and Habitat for Humanity.

“… Your voices offer powerful lessons of reconciliation and understanding through the language of laughter and joy. I can’t think of a more timely message for our world.-Juliana Oyegun, Chief Diversity Officer, The World Bank Group

PREACHING PUNCHLINES

Offered as either an hour-long presentation, half-day or full-day workshop, this presentation shares how lessons from standup comedy can transform preaching, pastoral care and self-care. It can also be tailored for corporate and legal groups on leveraging the power of standup comedy to power-up presentations!

Featured by Union Theological Seminary, the Chautauqua Institution, Yale Divinity School, The Lester Randall Preaching Fellowship, and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of NC.

MULTI-DAY GATHERINGS

Create a unique experience for your congregation, denominational gathering, offsite or retreat group through any combination of my keynotes, workshops, comedy shows or sermons. Contact me to design a one of a kind gathering full of joy and inspiration!

Clients Include:

June 25-26, 2020 I CBF Virtual General Assembly

Offering a virtual workshop for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship’s 2020 General Assembly

July 19, 2020 I Martha's Vineyard

VIRTUAL Sermon for Union Chapel, Martha’s Vineyard.

August 19, 2020 I Backstory Preaching

Virtual talk and interview on humor and preaching with Backstory Preaching

September 10, 2020 I The Laugh in Peace Comedy Tour

Virtual comedy show for The Children of Abraham Initiative

October 13, 2020 I HOPE MATTERS PODCAST

Guest on the Hope Matters Podcast

October 25, 2020 I Charlotte, NC (Virtual)

Virtual workshop and discussion with St. Stephens Methodist Church in Charlotte, NC

October 27, 2020 I CBF of NC

Virtual workshop: Preaching Punchlines during Advent for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of North Carolina

November 14, 2020 I Raleigh, NC (VIRTUAL)

Afternoon workshop for Hayes Barton Baptist Church

November 19, 2020 I CBF Podcast

Featured guest on the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship podcast.

December 11, 2020 I National Association of Memoir Writers

Featured guest on the National Association of Memoir Writers podcast. 

June 25, 2021 I Puerto Rico

Keynote/comedy show for the American Baptist Churches USA Biennial gathering.

July 2021 I Avalon, NJ

The Laugh in Peace Comedy Tour

August 2021 I Toronto, Canada

Guest preaching at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church.

September 2021 I Salisbury, Maryland

Featured preacher at the Dunkle Mackey Preaching Seminar

October 2021 I Toronto, Canada

Offering a preaching workshop at the Lester Randall Preaching Fellowship

January 23, 2022 I Del Ray Beach, FL

Distinguished Preacher Series of First Presbyterian Church of Delray Beach

National Speakers Association