Four and a half years ago, I had a woman on the podcast who was just starting a business. And although she believed she had something big on her hands, she had no idea what was ahead of her, including becoming a global company, and being named one of Forbes 50 over 50. On this episode of the Grown Ass Woman’s Guide, You’ll hear directly from Dani Klein Modisett. We’ll talk about where she was, where she is now, and all the lessons that she has learned along the way.
Dani Klein Modisett is a comedian/author/entrepreneur and author of the book, “Take My Spouse, How to Keep Your Marriage Happy, Healthy, and Thriving by Following the Rules of Comedy (Shambhala Press, 2015). Part memoir, part instruction the book draws from the course she taught in Stand-up at UCLA for ten years. Her first book “Afterbirth…stories you won’t read in Parents magazine,” (St. Martin’s Press, 2009) was based on a sold out show she created.
In 2018, after her mother became depressed facing an Alzheimer’s diagnosis, she had the idea to hire a comedian to cheer her up. It worked. She wrote an article about it for AARP. After receiving 100’s of requests for comedians she launched Laughter On Call (LOC). LOC started sending comedians around the country when senior communities asked for training for staff. Dani then created a curriculum for self-care and creating connection at all stages of cognition for caregivers.
When COVID hit, LOC services went virtual servicing the broader business community struggling with depression and anxiety. To date, LOC has worked with over 500 companies including Meta, Capital One, Bristol Myers and more. Dani has been a speaker & facilitator at Stanford Business School, Harvard Business School, Fuqua at Duke, Columbia, UCLA Andersen and Dartmouth College. She has also coached keynote speakers, business leaders, and Congressional candidates to use more humor in their communication. Her writing has appeared in AARP, NY Times, LA Times, Parents Magazine and many websites. She is a frequent speaker at conferences including Milken Global Conference, CALA, ICAA, and others.