Die Laughing, part of Reimagine End of Life, is a stand-up and comedic storytelling event with Chris Duffy (You're the Expert), Erik Bergstrom (Comedy Central), Shalewa Sharpe (Night Train w/Wyatt Cenac), Clare O'Kane (Edinburgh Fringe Festival), Dara Kosberg (Punch Line in SF) and more. This is a different kind of comedy event...the kind where we talk about death. We’re not going to beat around the bush and avoid the heavy or just make light of it. We’re going to dive into our losses, grief, fears, and pain, because we know that’s where the deepest laughs and healing are born.
Reimagine End of Life is a week of exploring big questions about life and death through creativity and conversation. Artists, storytellers, healthcare professionals, faith and community leaders, and innovators across all five boroughs of New York City from Oct. 27-Nov. 3 are uniting to create a unique week of more than 300 events. 200+ collaborators are coming together to explore death and celebrate life from every perspective. We invite you to join us in questioning how we think about this most universal human experience. See our full schedule at https://letsreimagine.org/new-york/schedule.
Chris Duffy is a standup comedian, television writer, and radio/podcast host. His shows have been featured in The New York Times, Boston Globe, Washington Post, LA Weekly, and in The Onion A.V. Club. Chris has appeared on National Geographic's Explorer, performed standup on Dreams TV, and written for numerous shows and pilots. He is the creator and host of You're the Expert, a live show, podcast, and public radio program where three comedians try to guess what a scientist studies all day.
Erik Bergstrom is a comedian and illustrator who lives in New York city. His cartoons have appeared in The New Yorker. His book Grimmer Tales has been released with Plume, an imprint of Penguin Books. He followed the presidential election for Comedy Central's Indecision 2012. He's been featured on MTV, VH1, in the New York Post, AM New York, Boston's Weekly Dig, boingboing.net, and more.
Shalewa Sharpe is a comic in New York City. Originally from Atlanta, she has performed at The Star Bar, The Laughing Skull, The Atlanta Improv, The Creek & The Cave, and The Knitting Factory. Sharpe is the co-host of Thug Passion Presents, a live show where comedians perform table reads of classic black movies.
Clare O'Kane is an actress, comedian and writer from San Jose, California. She has performed in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, SF Sketchfest, FunFunFun Fest, and other wonderful, independent festivals around the country, such as:
The Comedy Exposition (Chicago)
Crom Comedy Festival (Omaha)
Too Much Funstival (Denver)
The Savage Henry Comedy Festival (Humboldt)
Hell Yes Fest (New Orleans)
Ryan Stiles' Stand Up Summer Slam (Alberta)
Uncle Funny's Improv, Stand-Up and Trampoline Consortium's Annual Pig Picnic (Cleveland)
The Red Rock Haha UhOh Oopsie County Fair (Fort Collins)
She has been described as "sarcastic" and "half-Asian". Along with being a stand up, Clare is also one-third of the sketch group Blessed. They have made a couple of very funny videos, none of which have gone viral. When she's not sneezing or whatever, Clare travels around the country to perform stand-up comedy and "seize the day". She hopes to get that tattooed on her lower back (for free) someday. She currently lives in Los Angeles, California with a guy and a cat.
Dara Kosberg is a San Francisco based comedian, who's performed at venues like the Punch Line Comedy Club, Cobb's Comedy Club and Rooster T's. She's also appeared on the podcasts Bitch Talk and Radio Rehab with Danya Keyes. Dara leads programming for Reimagine End of Life, a city-wide, community-driven festival that uses the arts, including comedy, to explore death and celebrate life.
Emma Gordon is New York City based actor, writer and educator. A proud graduate of the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre, she has performed on stages big and small, worked in both TV and film. She has lent her voice to such ad campaigns as those of Outback Steakhouse, Qantas, Marriott, Philips. She is a storyteller, most recently going on the road for The Moth’s main stage tours. She has spent over a decade as a teaching artist combining her performing skills with her passion for science education to create arts-infused science curriculum for young people. She is the founder of Science Baby Playshops.