“I am so grateful for Susanna Spies and the Comedy Playground. As tragic as the trauma of Hurricane Katrina was, your program was a big part of the healing process for all of us. Seeing the first comedy showcase Binkki performed in after taking your workshop, creating material, and performing it brought joy and tears to my friends and family. Laughter is medicine for the soul, and definitely makes the heart merry. Maybe a program such as this could be used to redirect the delinquent youth in our juvenile system! Keep up the good work! Your workshops have truly blessed Binkki in her healing process.
Mother, Hurricane Katrina Survivor
“We love you and feel josh is so lucky to have you as a teacher. Josh has grown so much from your workshops. We think the experience you provide is . . . how does the commercial go?
susanna’s workshop… priceless.”
– Father, son age 16
“Kudos to you for the important work you do.”
– Suzan, Editor Larchmont Chronicle
“I can’t think of anything in any of the performing arts that is braver than standing up there alone and doing comedy,as yourself. Thanks again for providing a place for josh to learn all this,for what you’ve given josh personally, and for what you’ve give all the kids.
We are very appreciative, and we know that what you do in this world is special and unique, both in your teaching and in your own professional work. This is what shines out of those kids, the spirit you bring through your own love of the work, of the art itself.”
Father, son age 16
“Thank you again for everything and your continued support. Thanks also for being you, we love you dearly and I am grateful for the laughter, confidence joy and support you have given. He is really blessed to have someone so special to draw inspiration from.”
Mother, son age 15
“Comedy Playground has provided a secure, fun, and challenging environment for our daughter to develop her talent as a stand-up comic and to learn the technical aspects of comedy and improvisational performance. We have watched her, over the course of several shows, grow from a shy introverted teen to an ambitious, confident and excited go getter. She has evolved as , an in-experienced and nervous performer on stage, to a confident and very funny presence who understands the process of writing original material.
We have seen how this work, under the guidance of the talented and supportive Susanna Spies, has brought new-found self-esteem and purpose to our daughter as well as to other Comedy Playground participants. We feel grateful to have discovered Comedy Playground”
Tony Magnemi – Business Owner
“This is such a wonderful opportunity and great experience for kids, Susanna is incredible and my kids (daughter 13, and son 11), have had so much fun, have learned an incredible amount and how opened up avenues they never would have dreamed of. My son was shy, but now has really opened up.
It has really helped them in school, giving oral reports and (they) have had much better test scores using a much faster thought process. I could go on and on about the benefits of this program. At first you think comedy, is that really something I want my kids to start? But it is not just comedy; it’s a quick wit, improvisational thinking, public speaking and much more.”
Grand Parent Testimonial : Edwin D. Trellue, Vice President For Institutional Advancement New Orleans, Louisiana
“Thank you for your efforts with the children in the California community. Your program and “you” in particular have improved their pre-teen and teen, self-esteem, their confidence, speaking ability and their interest in the arts! Your program has unleashed their connection with their inner feelings and made them more aware or others irregardless of age! They both now seemed to be more focused on school and other people’s feelings!
As an educator and an individual who is responsible on the college level for the advancement of a solid curriculum for our student body, I applaud your program and wish you could package it for grammar school, middle school, high school and the college and university levels. Again you have created a program that is as the kids say, “awesome”. Thanks for all that you do for our children and grandchildren.”
– Production Manager, Director Chris M.
“I watched your showcase while digitizing into my system. I’m extremely impressed. You are doing such a service to those kids and the world with your project, and should feel so, so proud. I truly wish there had been a program like yours when I was 15!”
“Just wanted you to know that my always negative daughter came home and said she “loved it”. I’m thrilled. Thank you!”