Laughter is universal. Comedy impacts all.
Over the summer, I was honored to go to the incredible International Camp: Seeds of Peace, in Otisfield Maine. There, nestled in the deep beautiful pines and amidst crystal blue waters, blanketed by delicious Maine air, were over 100 brave, strong, vibrant students from: Afghanistan, Israel, Egypt, Palestine, India, Pakistan, Jordan, UK, US and more. Upon my experience, it became clearer and clearer to me the mantra I have felt as a comedian and teacher for over 15 years, that laughter is universal.
It is the one common denominator we all share. It ignites, builds, provides and bridges humanity. I will never forget my experience there, from seeing faces with ambivalence, to radiant smiles, and witnessing friendships built, dropping all biases, forgetting all conflict, and being human as one. I am honored to have shared this time at Seeds of Peace. It was an experience I will never forget, and know now that nutella is one universal treat all love. So, to all my Seeds campers, to the staff at Seeds, and to all my fellow friends of Comedy Playground and more: go laugh, be, share, talk, and remember the bridge to positive outcomes, starts with the laughter in your hearts. We all have a voice. And I’m grateful to have heard yours.
Today, I received this quote from Leslie Lewin, the Executive Director of Seeds of Peace. And today, my heart laughs in gratitude and joy.
“It was an honor to be able to bring Susanna and her work to Seeds of Peace International Camp this past summer. She ran brilliant workshops for our campers–who represent opposing sides of conflict–and used the power of laughter to build bridges of understanding. She enabled our campers to find space outside of intense, daily dialogue to explore common ground through humor. She helped them discover basic aspects of humanity through their own funny stories. With Susanna, campers found their voice; she leads workshops brilliantly and makes sure all feel included. Our program emphasizes empowerment, and Susanna was able to maximize this in each of her workshops. She gave our campers a gift and we very much hope to be able to work with her again!”