The Power of Positivity

Shane Burcaw is an author, entrepreneur, award-winning blogger, Emmy-winning producer, and motivational speaker. Shane and his business partner, Sarah, travel the country sharing the powerful idea that a positive mindset and a sense of humor can help anyone effectively overcome their challenges!

We're available for a variety of events, from corporate lunch-and-learns to conference keynotes to elementary school diversity assemblies. No matter the venue, one thing remains true: your audience will walk away with faces sore from laughter and hearts ready to live with more passion than ever before! 

Why hire us to speak?

We'll fill seats.

Shane is the writer of a world-famous blog and has created viral stories for major publications like Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, and MTV. His unique popularity means he already has a fanbase on your campus or in your office. Plus, people who would not otherwise attend an "awareness event" will come to see our comedic show.

We educate while we entertain.

With over 100 speaking engagements under our belts in just two years, we're experts on providing cold-hard takeaways for your audience, while also making them think, laugh, and cry. We speak about positivity, disability, inclusion, diversity, and more, but our main goal is always to ensure your audience has an unforgettable experience!

We're available for promotional interviews.

We'd be happy to speak with your PR team or student news organizations prior to our speech. We'll blast out anything you'd like to our hundreds of thousands of followers in support of the event!

Who Are Shane and Sarah?
Who Are Shane and Sarah?

Shane and Sarah are the co-founders of Laughing At My Nightmare, Inc. They also just happen to be cousins. They don't get along very well in real life, but they've learned how to fake it for an hour on stage. In all sincerity, the duo are best friends who share a mutual passion for the benefits of laughing when life gets tough.

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The Speech
The Speech

People need positivity. Whether they are students dealing with the stress of homework and the struggle to fit in, or professionals managing deadlines and the pressure to succeed, a positive mindset (and a little humor) makes these challenges easier to overcome. Our engaging programs will inspire you to look at life from a new perspective. We will make you laugh and dare you to reframe adversity in a more positive way.

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Topics We Talk About
Topics We Talk About

The Power of Positivity, Anti-Bullying, Embracing our Differences, Never Giving Up, Asking For Help, Disability Awareness, Leadership, Nonprofit Management, and much, much more!

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Where Have We Spoken?
Where Have We Spoken?

Walt Disney World — Harvard University — University of Florida — Biogen Pharmaceutical — Virginia Tech University — University of Vermont — Boston University — M.I.T Museum — Genentech — University of Scranton — PPL — Lehigh Valley Health Network — West Point Military Academy — University of Connecticut — University of the Sciences — Hillside Farms — PACEC Conference — AHEDD Conference — Centra Rivermont Conference — WISE Community Summit — PAIU Conference — Highmark Insurance — Tumblr NYC HQ

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“Shane, you were truly an inspiration today. You made me cry, and you made me laugh.”

– Melissa, BCIU #22 Educator


“I was very impressed with Shane’s ability to connect with high school and middle school audiences at Muhlenberg College’s Institute for Jewish-Christian Understanding’s Youth and Prejudice Conferences in 2014. In the evaluations for the conference, about half of the nearly 800 students he spoke to named Shane’s speech as their favorite part of a very packed day.”

– Marcie Lightwood, Muhlenberg College


“The Alpha Lambda chapter of Phi Delta Chi was so excited and honored to host Shane and the Laughing At My Nightmare team at the University of Connecticut. The presentation was hilarious, heart warming, and inspiring to say the least. Working with the LAMN team was a breeze, and they were extremely flexible and communicative when it came to the logistics of the event. We’re looking forward to working with Shane and the team again to hopefully bring them back next year for another presentation!”

– Heather Kutzler, University of Connecticut

"It was a joy to welcome Shane and Sarah into our community here at the Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center and the John A. Coleman School in Yonkers, New York. Their positivity was contagious and the staff still speaks about the inspiration they found from the visit! Shane and Sarah taught us that obstacles of any magnitude can be overcome with perseverance, patience and, of course, humor. We are so grateful for their invaluable insight.

- Allison Klein, John A. Coleman School

"I would strongly recommend that if you get a chance to listen to his inspirational story, please do so, it is eye opening."

- Robert Leshko, Lehigh Valley Health Network


Grab a copy of Shane's memoir, 

Laughing At My Nightmare, which was shortlisted for the YALSA Excellence in Non-Fiction Award!