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ABOUT SARAH MURPHREE

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Funny People Cry Too was created out of my desperate desire to bring TRUTH back into our society. With the rise of social media, it appears everyone has perfect, put together lives reminding the viewer, us, that our lives are not enough. Since the rise of social media, the suicide rate has increased 30 percent, and is the second leading cause of death for people under the age of 34. Undiagnosed depression is now the number one reason young people commit suicide today. I look at that fact, and think of course it's undiagnosed! Who are we supposed to confide in? Our friends living their #bestlife in Hawaii? Suicide rates should be decreasing, not increasing, but how can that happen when we live in a digital world that glorifies perfection? 

 

We laugh. We cry. We share our pain.

Funny People Cry Too is a digital network where I encourage people to be vulnerable. Speak their truth, tell their story, and not be ashamed to cry. As a stand up comedian and class clown, being funny was what I did to cope with pain. Funny people are liked and accepted, but after years of being known as the funny girl, I was exhausted. I longed for intimate, meaningful conversations. I craved it. Don't get me wrong, I do welcome humor!  I love it, but great jokes come from great pain. If we never share the pain, we don't do comedy justice. Funny People Cry Too is a digital network focused on one word: TRUTH.

I began my career as a journalist in third world countries, writing with a focus on global poverty. After three years working as a photojournalist in Haiti, Ecuador, and Nepal, I moved to Los Angeles to continue my passion for storytelling. I have been a producer, director, and actor, but my greatest loves are writing and hosting. Today I write as a movie critic for Movie Guide. I perform stand up comedy regularly at The Comedy Store, Ice House, and Flappers Comedy Club. When I am not writing and telling jokes, I emcee for weddings and host Karaoke events

all over town with Kara Karaoke in Los Angeles. What I learned from my time abroad and working in the entertainment industry is secrets fuel depression, but the truth sets them free. I know this because I hid my secrets for 24 years, and only when I exposed them, did I find my ultimate joy in life. 

 

I was raised by my mentally ill mother who went undiagnosed with schizophrenia for 50 years. Out of shame, embarrassment, and deep guilt her behavior was my fault I never told anyone about my 

unglamorous childhood living in a spare bedroom in my Grandfather's house. Now I tell everyone. In fact, I've written a memoir, and look forward to sharing: Never Enough: A Memoir of Undiagnosed Mental llness with you in 2020! Until then, I am determined to help others find the courage to tell their stories through weekly blog posts, interviews, and a live storytelling show. I am in the business of finding my ultimate joy in this life and want to help you find yours too!

In a nutshell, I am a daughter, a wife, a sister, a coffee addict, a runner, an outdoor enthusiast, and a mental health advocate. I am a compassionate, upbeat, adventurous Southerner. I am also way too sensitive, battle with perfectionism, and struggle to feel enough in this world because like each one of us I am human.