The Dead Parents Club: As Sad As We Want To Be

If you’re not a member of the Dead Parents Club yet … you will be. That’s why Susan Kent is bringing together some of New York City’s top performers to share their most vulnerable, poignant tales about how to move on with life after your parents have lost theirs.

Susan Kent is a storyteller, performer, curator/host of Tell It: Brooklyn (, and she’s the founder of the Dead Parents Club Storytelling Show. Her work has been featured on The Moth Radio Hour, RISK!, and Snap Judgment, and she recently produced a 4-day festival of heartwarming and hilarious solo shows centered on losing your parents. Susan premiered her own one-person show “Into the Belly of the Beast” about her mother’s death at The Tank’s SoloWeek Festival in 2015, and is currently curating a new series of storytelling shows at Brooklyn’s iconic Green-Wood Cemetery (much to the chagrin of one security guard who’s super insulted by the use of profanity in the chapel). She’s not nearly as morbid as this bio—or her tombstone tattoo—might suggest.


Brad Lawrence is a performer, writer, and host of Dear Show, a storytelling/advice show, and Nefarious Laboratory, a variety show. He has also hosted And I Am Not Lying, The Moth StorySLAMS, and Best In Show. Brad was the first storyteller to win back-to-back Moth GrandSLAMS, and is a member and featured storyteller with the BTK Band. He has performed on The Liar Show, Adam Wade’s Super Stories, Seth Lind’s Told, The Soundtrack Series, The RISK! podcast, and How I learned. He performs burlesque as Handsome Brad and is the co-host, co-writer, and deus ex machine of the fully scripted Hotsy Totsy Burlesque. He’s currently hard at work on a memoir based on his solo show, “The Gospel of Sherilyn Fenn.”




Robert Commiskey is a writer, comedian and storyteller who has performed in venues and shows on multiple continents, from the Angel Comedy Club in London to The Moth in NYC. Like the other performers on the bill, he's got dead parents. 




Mississippi native Sharon Spell is a standup comedian, storyteller, and performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, as well as a Cosmo model and contributor. She hosts The Sharon Spell Show comedy podcast, co-created the web series Sad Marriage, and recently appeared on MTV's Decoded & truTV's Adam Ruins Everything. She has featured on the Moth Mainstage, and performed her one-person storytelling show "You're Doing Great!" at the Tank Theater's Dead Parents Club Solo Show Festival. She is also a visual artist whose work can be seen @ Rooq Fine Art & Framing in NoHo through January 2017.

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