TEDxGreenville Monthly Salons

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TEDxGreenville Salons are small monthly events that allow for an intimate level of conversation around a specific topic. The audience is invited to view one or two TED Talk videos, listen to a live presentation by a local speaker, and then participate in discussions with the speaker and each other about that topic. What makes TEDxGreenville salons unique is the level of attention given to diversity and inclusion both in terms of people, ideas, and venues.


Tuesday, May 19, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

   (Networking begins at 6:00 p.m. with cash bar;


ZEN Greenville, 924 S Main St, Greenville, SC 29601



What’s so funny?

“Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not; a sense of humor to console him for what he is. “

– Francis Bacon

Why is humor so important to us? How do we deal with humor in our everyday lives? What if you chose to make a living using humor; your income and livliehood came from making people laugh. Could you do it?

Join us for our May salon for a discussion with some folks who make a living making people laugh. No joke.

Admission is free, but registration is required.

Cash Bar at 6:00, Program begins promptly at 6:30.


Our Presenters

Shivani Nadarajah
Engineer by day, funny lady by night

Shivani Nadarajah is a local Greenville comedian who was born Canadian, bred Sri Lankan, and raised southern at heart. She began her stand up comedy career in May 2013, sharing stories of her upbringing, transition to southern culture and international travels. Her humor, impressions and crowd work resonates to any and all ethnic groups. She recently placed 2nd in the 2014 SC’s Funniest Comic competition hosted by Alchemy Comedy. Off stage, Shivani works at General Electric in Business Development utilizing her degree in Supply Chain Management from Auburn University.

Susan & Bill Smith
Creators, owners, actors at the Cafe and Then Some

You can’t have lived in the Upstate of SC for long without hearing something about the live, local comedy at the Cafe and Then Some. A staple in downtown Greenville for decades, no stone is unturned and everyone is a “target” in their distinct brand of dinner theater. Tent cards on the table give a running history of the characters, parts of town, and situations that may be unfamililar to anyone who didn’t grow up off of Augusta Road (and yes, locals will always call it “road”). “Satire,” Susan once read from the stage, “is a form of freedom of speech, protected by the First Amendment,” and then opened a biting, at times fantastically awkward play about eminent domain and the development along the Reedy River. How these locals — friends of the community, philanthropists, mother/father/cousin/neighbor — make a living by poking fun at the very people living across the street, is just this short of a miracle.

Our Sponsors

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Our 2014-15 season is sponsored by Clemson’s MBA Program. Additional sponsorship support is provided by ZEN Greenville, Greenville Forward, and Engenius.


For More Information

Want to tell us about a potential salon speaker, give us feedback, or become a sponsor? Want to get involved? (We are always looking for Salon Squad volunteers who are passionate about TEDxGreenville and are able to give about three to four hours of their time per month.)

Shoot us an email at salons@tedxgreenville.com. We want to hear from you!