It’s no secret that laughter heals. But many of us have missed that memo. While life may try and beat it out of us, it’s never too late to reclaim our joy! Join the tens of thousands of people I have helped to overcome adversity, embrace change, reduce stress, build relationships and inspire hope by harnessing the power of humor.



“WOW!!! Susan was incredible! This was the first time (in 16 years) that we had a STANDING OVATION after the speaker. Susan was extremely easy to work with, giving her time for interviews and doing all those things that help our cause in our community. Susan – You were everything this event/cause needed and more. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!” 

–Jennifer Lambert, Development Officer, High Point Regional Health Foundation, NC


In the words of one of our lovely guests… “She’s a keeper!” Susan Sparks delivers timely and relevant messages with a kind of poignant levity. She gives us permission (and gentle encouragement) to laugh through the “serious stuff” and in that laughter…of course, we find the grace we seek. 

– Samantha Talora Communications Manager – Canyon Ranch, Lenox, MA


“We have heard nothing but great remarks on Susan’s presentation . . . many wrote “Best Speaker ever.”  Susan did an awesome job!

–Beth Jones, Director of Community Education and Services, Community Health Works, Macon, GA


“Susan hit it out of the ballpark. I’ve had more comments about Susan than any other speaker I’ve had in all of the Expo’s I’ve done, and that’s quite a few! 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, Bismarck, ND


LAUGH YOUR WAY TO GRACE: The Power of Humor in Life, Work and the Spiritual Path

Laughter is one of the most powerful, yet under-appreciated tools we have in this life. It can reduce stress, improve health, build relationships, foster forgiveness, awaken our spiritual connections and inspire hope. As a minister, comedian and cancer survivor, I’ve learned this firsthand. This keynote is for anyone who wants to lighten their perspective, focus their energies and tap the power of their innate sense of joy.

A Joy-FULL Weekend!

A weekend of laughter, learning, and joy, appropriate for congregations, retreats, and fundraisers. The weekend includes a “Laugh Your Way to Grace” comedy show, a workshop on humor and healing and a joyful sermon or inspirational message.


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 risk and reinvention. Specifically targeted at those facing life transitions, The Road Never Traveled tells my story and offers entertaining, yet concrete tools that will help you take risks, face your fears and find your own path of self-discovery. Featured by Canyon Ranch.

Laugh in Peace Tour

Join me, Rabbi Bob Alper and Muslim Comic Gibran Saleem for a fun-filled evening of interfaith comedy. 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.

PREACHING PUNCHLINES: The Ten Commandments of Standup Comedy

A fast-paced, entertaining power-point presentation on how lessons from standup comedy can transform preaching!


Discover how humor empowers ministry, preaching, theological reflection, as well as pastoral care and self-care. Featured by Union Theological Seminary, Princeton Theological Seminary and Yale Divinity School, it is available to clergy and lay people alike. Download the workshop resources.

Clients Include:

January 11-14, 2019 I St. George, Utah

Two workshops at Red Mountain Resort.

March 2-3, 2019 I Greenville, NC

Humor and healing weekend at Oakmont Baptist Church

MARCH 23-24, 2019 I Jefferson, GA

Comedy show and sermon at First Baptist Church Jefferson

April 22, 2019 I Northfield, IL

Laugh in Peace Comedy Tour at Temple Jeremiah.

May 4, 2019 I Watchung, NJ

Laugh Your Way to Grace at Wilson Memorial Union Church

June 21, 2019 I Birmingham, AL

Faith Talks at the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship General Assembly

June 22, 2019 I Buffalo, NY

The National Society of Newspaper Columnist Annual Conference – finalist in the column competition

July 28-Aug 2, 2019 I Chautauqua, NY

Chaplin and featured preacher at the Chautauqua Institution

August 18-24, 2019 I Dubois, Wyoming

Workshop on humor and ministry, including “Preaching Punchlines.” Ring Lake Ranch, Wyoming.

September 9, 2019 I NY, NY

The Tamron Hall Show

September 11, 2019 I Charlotte, NC

Keynote for Covenant Presbyterian Church Convocation.

September 12, 2019 I Charlotte, NC

Preaching Punchlines workshop breakfast for clergy.

September 19, 2019 I NYC

Private Event

September 24, 2019 I CBF North Carolina

Preaching Punchlines: The Ten Commandments of Comedy – A webinar for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of North Carolina

October 10, 2019 I Watertown, SD

Keynote for breast cancer survivor celebration

October 25, 2019 I NY, NY

An afternoon presentation on humor, preaching (“Preaching Punchlines”), and ministry for “Fresh Word” at Union Theological Seminary.

October 27-29, 2019 I Toronto, Canada

Offering a sermon and workshop, “Preaching Punchlines” at the Lester Randall Preaching Fellowship.

November 10, 2019 I NY, NY

Preaching at Marble Collegiate Church, 11am service.

January 9, 2020 I Memphis, TN

The Laugh in Peace Tour

February 5, 2020 I Atlanta, GA

Filming interview and sermon for

March 2-4, 2020 I Knoxville, TN

Keynotes for CBF Churchworks 2020 and the Laugh in Peace Tour

September 22, 2020 I Salisbury, Maryland

Featured preacher at the Dunkle Mackey Preaching Seminar

January 23, 2022 I Del Ray Beach, FL

Distinguished Preacher Series of First Presbyterian Church of Delray Beach

National Speakers Association

Rev It Up! on YouTube

Order an Autographed Copy of Laugh Your Way to Grace