Laugh A LOT Poetry

Empower students with whimsical and hilarious poetry. Award winning author and poet, Darren Sardelli teaches, inspires, and sets imaginations on fire!

Virtual/Online Option Available!

Age Range
PrK-12

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Darren Sardelli - The Virtual Poet

Virtual visits with Darren Sardelli are better than doughnuts with strawberry jelly.
They’re funny, engaging, exciting, and fun.
They’ll brighten your day like the light from the sun.
The poems he has written are truly delightful.
They’re upbeat, refreshing, and deeply insightful.
His words are amazing. His tales are terrific.
His work is outstanding. His voice is prolific.
His meter is brilliant. His verse is impressive.
His mind is creative. His thoughts are expressive.
He has a great talent. He knows how to show it.
You’ll learn a great deal from this valuable poet.

There’s no one like Darren— you won’t find another!
* The views in this poem were expressed by his mother.

LAUGH-A-LOT POETRY Now you can meet one of the most exciting and entertaining poets in the world, virtually! Just like in his assemblies, Darren brings poetry to life with his dynamic personality, shocking twists, and clever wordplay. His relatable topics and lighthearted humor draw students in, keeping them focused and inspired. When Darren performs a poem, he creates a unique experience for the viewer by generating a particular feeling, reaction, or emotion. He engages them with questions (related to his poetry) and interacts with his audience in ways that get their imaginations going. Students will be motivated to read and write poetry, start an idea book, and think in a creative direction. Lastly, they’ll get to meet a really cool author.

Darren Sardelli has visited over 700 schools and has poems featured in 23 children’s books in the U.S. and U.K. His poems also appear in children’s magazines and textbooks worldwide.

GRADES: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th

Darren has different programs for different age groups.

Full Assemblies - K-2nd grade 3rd-5th grade
Motivational Presentations - 6th grade 7th grade 8th grade
Classroom Presentations - 1-2 classes

Platforms – Skype, Zoom, Facebook Live, Open to other virtual platforms
Audience size up to 120
Please divide into older/younger groups

*no recording of the program


Funny poet and author, Darren Sardelli, adds a new flavor and spin to poetry. His creative, clever, upbeat rhymes keep students and educators on the edge of their seats. He's extremely passionate about writing and has a gift for getting people (of all ages) interested in poetry. Darren brings poetry to life with his dynamic personality, shocking twists, and clever wordplay. He's visited over 700 schools and has poems featured in 23 children's books in the U.S. and U.K. His poems also appear in children's magazines and textbooks worldwide.

LAUGH-A-LOT POETRY – Adventures in Rhyme (Pre-K, K) ADVENTURES IN RHYME is an interactive poetry show that teaches PRE-K and Kindergarteners about rhythm, rhyme, and poetry. During this action-packed presentation, each poem requires some type of participation or activity. Everything is simple and relatable. Students sing poems with Darren, figure out his poetry riddles, and dance, tap, surf, and clap to the rhythm of his rhymes. It’s a wonderful way to introduce poetry to young people.

LAUGH-A-LOT POETRY – Assemblies & PARP Presentations (K1-5) Darren Sardelli is an exciting poet known for his humorous rhymes. In his assemblies, Darren brings poetry to life with his dynamic personality, shocking twists, and clever wordplay. His relatable topics and lighthearted humor draw students in, keeping them focused and inspired. When Darren performs a poem, he creates a unique experience for his audience by generating a particular feeling, reaction, or emotion. He engages them with questions (related to his poetry) and interacts in ways that get their imaginations going. Students will be motivated to read and write poetry, start an idea book, and think in a creative direction. Lastly, they’ll get to meet a really cool author. This program is highly recommended for PARP.

DARREN SARDELLI – The Middle School Motivator Darren Sardelli is a dynamic force in the world of literature. His humorous, clever, upbeat rhymes keep young adults on the edge of their seats. He’s extremely passionate about writing and has a gift for helping middle school students find their creative flow. During this hour of power, students are entertained and enthralled by his inspiring story. They learn about goal setting, visualization, work ethic, intense focus, and persistence. Darren’s cool, charismatic personality is a big hit with students.

DARREN SARDELLI – The High School Humorist Darren Sardelli is a dynamic force in the world of literature. His humorous, clever, upbeat rhymes keep young adults on the edge of their seats. He’s extremely passionate about writing and has a gift for helping high school students find their creative flow. During this hour of power, students are entertained and enthralled by his inspiring story. They learn about goal setting, visualization, work ethic, intense focus, and persistence. Darren’s cool, charismatic personality is a big hit with students.

LAUGH-A-LOT POETRY – Virtual Assemblies Now you can meet one of the most exciting and entertaining poets in the world, virtually! Just like in his assemblies, Darren brings poetry to life with his dynamic personality, shocking twists, and clever wordplay. His relatable topics and lighthearted humor draw students in, keeping them focused and inspired. When Darren performs a poem, he creates a unique experience for the viewer by generating a particular feeling, reaction, or emotion. He engages them with questions (related to his poetry) and interacts with his audience in ways that get their imaginations going. Students will be motivated to read and write poetry, start an idea book, and think in a creative direction. Lastly, they’ll get to meet a really cool author.

LAUGH-A-LOT POETRY – Build-A-Poem Workshops BUILD-A-POEM WORKSHOPS are specifically designed for elementary school students. During this session, Darren teaches students how to spice up their writing with humor, creativity, and imagination. After a short brain storming activity, Darren combines the student’s ideas with his own and writes an amazing rhyming poem with them. He shows them how to structure each line, paint pictures with words, and helps them become better writers. By the end of the workshop, they’ll have a fun, creative, imaginative poem that everyone is excited about.

LAUGH-A-LOT POETRY – Family Poetry Night During FAMILY POETRY NIGHT, Darren performs his captivating and compelling poems for the crowd, talks about who and what inspires him, shares the inspirational story of how he became an author, shows the audience how writing can be used as a creative outlet, and demonstrates what people can accomplish by working hard and believing in themselves. Many of his poems have surprise endings, hilarious punch lines, and intriguing twists that generate laughter. It’s a show that brings families together and keeps them giggling, pretty much, the entire night. Darren Sardelli’s authenticity makes it easy to connect with people. His poems are featured in 23 children's books and he’s visited more than 700 schools.

About The Author

Taking a Test PoemAs a young boy, Darren Sardelli was not a huge fan of writing and reading.  He describes himself as having been a slow reader, and lacking in desire to write for fun. He said he got distracted in class easily, resulting in daydreaming and creation of classroom disruptions. By the time his teachers called on him he had no clue what they were talking about, having been in a world of his own.

He did the basics of what was expected, studying for all of his tests, and handing in all of his homework on time. But not for pleasure. He would have rather been riding his bike, playing video games or hockey with his friends at Apple Park.  He felt like he was horrible in English and Art, and did not find any joy at all in those subjects. 

Fast forward to college, and Darren is required to take a Freshman creative writing class. He was not at all crazy about that at the time, but once he started writing, he actually enjoyed it!  Unfortunately, his professor was not as enthusiastic and told Darren that his stories would never go anywhere because they were ridiculous.  Darren says his biggest mistake was listening to what that misdirected professor had to say.  Darren put the thought of writing out of his mind for almost three years! 

Almost toward the end of his junior year at Loyola University in Maryland, Darren finally began to think about life after college.  All he wanted to do was to play in the National Hockey League.  He thought that if he was not able to do that, then he would want to find a job that would make him happy.  After some brainstorming on possible career ideas, Darren thought about writing children's books. That point was the first time in his life that Darren thought of writing (or anything academic!) as a hobby or even a career. That night in his college house, he actually had a dream, an inspirational vision that then put him on his path to authorship, publishing, and writing. The moment he woke, he sat at his desk and wrote his first poem to start him on his new road ahead.  To his surprise and delight, Darren really liked the process of writing that piece of poetry.  From that day forward, Darren began to write his ideas down into his Idea Book.

Today, Darren has more than 90 Idea Books filled with his ideas and original inspiration for poems, songs, stories, films, television shows, jingles, ads, commercials, greeting cards, memes, businesses,  and much, much more. He integrates his Idea Books into his inspirational poetry assemblies and workshops for students.  He encourages students to acquire and keep their own Idea Books for themselves and their futures.

Because Darren didn't start writing poetry until he was in college, he was fearful of showing his poetry to other people. He also had a horrible case of stage-fright.  During any type of public engagement or public speaking opportunity, Darren's hands would shake, his heart would race, and he would talk so fast! Faster than he could think!  It was not pretty.  Darren was discouraged, thinking he was destined to remain offstage and unable to share his poetry with the world.

Thankfully, all that changed...

After Darren was published for the first time in 2004, he was invited by a school principal on Long Island to visit her school.  Darren was at first hesitant to go, but she was convincing, so he gave it a shot.  After spending just 10 minutes in each school classroom reading his poetry for her students, Darren was taken aback by how much the children actually really enjoyed his poetry!  Every single student and classroom wanted to hear more of his work.  That experience gave Darren the confidence he needed to visit even more classrooms and even more schools.  As time went on, Darren created his Laugh A LOT Poetry school assembly program.  

The Laugh A Lot Poetry assembly show has been incredibly popular with students, as well as educators, teachers, principals, and parents.  Darren is still baffled to this day, as to how Arts and English were the subjects he performed least well in all throughout elementary, middle, high school, and even in college!  As he has practiced these areas, he has discovered Literary Arts are not his greatest weakness, but actually his greatest strength.  Darren believes that we never know what we are capable of doing until we give it a try.  He encourages everyone to face their fears and realize the true power of their potential.  

Laugh A LOT Poetry w/ Darren Sardelli Set-up Datasheet

Audience: K-12   Capacity: 400
Presentation Time: 45 minutes 
Set-Up Time: 20 to 30 minutes
Take-Down Time: 5 to 10 minutes

Presentation Area: Performance space can be stage or floor-level; elevated is preferred. If performance space is floor level, please seat students on the floor and not in chairs. If the performance area is a stage, please ensure there are stairs for easy-volunteer access to the performance area.

Arrival: No assistance for set-up or take-down of this program is required.

Assembly Requirements: Please provide two large tables and a PA system with a microphone (wireless microphone preferred). If two or more presentations are scheduled, please divide students by grade level for each presentation – K-2, 3-6, etc

Award-winning poet and author teaches, inspires, and sets imaginations on fire!

Award winning poet and author, Darren Sardelli teaches, inspires, and sets imaginations on fire! He is on a mission to change the world, one poem at a time. 

Empower your students with humorous and whimsical poetry.

Darren has a unique gift for showing students of all ages the funny and cool side of poetry. He will perform his hilarious poetry and share his inspirational story. Students will hear how Darren discovered poetry and became an author, demonstrating amazing things are possible with hard work and believing in yourself. 

Help students tap into their creativity and discover positive modes of self-expression. 

Darren helps students tap into their creativity and open their imaginations, showing them that a lot can be done with just one idea. Through Darren’s empowering poetry and inspirational words, students will walk away from the program By the end, students feel confident, inspired, uplifted and ready to write down their own poetry and their own ideas. 

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  • Great show that appealed to all grade levels!
    Barb Weidner - Parent
    Nativity of Our Lord
    Warminster, PA

  • THANK YOU for convincing us to schedule the Laugh A LOT Poetry presentation.  We have a challenging group of high school students and most seemed to be engaged.  Darren was very professional, very entertaining, and flexible in adapting to our students and their questions.  He has a lot of energy and his poems held their interest.  We also appreciate his message of never giving up and following your passion.  We’re hoping his words resonated with some of our students and gave them the inspiration to write.  Lastly, he kindly donated a signed book for our school.  
    Donna Hoffman - School Psychologist
    The Jen School
    Des Plaines, IL

  • Darren was very entertaining and engaged the crowd. He even won over our older students who were complaining at the beginning of the show. He did a great job!
    Gabriel Bellagamba - Assistant Principal
    RICA
    Rockville, MD

  • 5 out of 5 for our Breakfast with Dad Event!
    Toni Daptula - PTA
    Wolf ES
    Bath, PA

  • Your poems were delightful
    So funny and cool
    They were about recess and teachers
    And subjects at school

    We laughed when we got
    The punch lines at the end
    You came in as a Poet
    And left as our Friend

    Again, it was a pleasure to meet a fellow poet! 
    Poetically yours,

    Terri Donahue - Reading Teacher
    Eastport ES
    Eastport, NY

  • Darren was engaging, and the kids enjoyed his poetry and presentation. His chats about writing your feelings and keeping an idea book, and his personal story of how/when he started writing were all great messages. We enjoyed having Darren at our assembly.
    Cheryl Mango - Parent Volunteer
    St. Joseph's School
    New York, NY

  • Darren was very engaging with the children. He was animated and creative in his performance. He brought a whole new life to poetry for the children. We look forward to having him back to our school in the future.
    Laura Altmaan - PTA AIM Representative
    Jennie E. Hewitt ES
    Rockville Centre, NY

  • Our PTA Board along with our staff and children express our sincere thanks for a superb job in accordance with PARP Poetry. The children had a wonderful time. They enjoyed it very much. They kept coming up to me later that day and the next to let me know what a wonderful time they had and that it was so much fun. Getting children participating in assemblies is always challenging, however you did a great job! Will definitely keep you in mind for future assemblies. Again thank you very much for a wonderful job that was greatly appreciated by all! 
    Corliss Danas and Diane Yun-Vachianno - PTA 
    Brooklyn Avenue School
    Valley Stream, NY

  • Thank you so much for visiting our 5th grade class today! Your poetry, as well as your delivery of the poems, truly engaged and entertained my students. Without a doubt, we all enjoyed your creativity and greatly appreciate you taking the time to visit the students at our school. We hope that you will be able to visit us again and share your poems and stories with next years class.  I'm sure my students will be looking up more of your poems and books!  Thank you again for your time. It was a fantastic visit!
    Jessica Guilfoyle - Teacher
    PS 24Q
    Queens, NY

  • Your presentation blew me away tonight! When you said poetry for kids, I was thinking, "Meh!"  Then, I heard you in action and WOW!  You really know how to work a room. And your poetry was both clever and hilarious. I wouldn't dare go up and do a reading after you. In fact, I wish i could have you read my book for me!  I want to commend you on a job well done and wish you the best of luck!
    Nancy Lang-Feldman - Author
    New York, NY

  • Thank you so much for coming to our school. I loved your poems and I thought they were so creative, funny, and imaginative. Your message was so pure and true, I was really moved. I really hope you can come to our school again. I really want other kids to hear your message and laugh at your poems. You are the funniest, you have the best message, and you are just an all around great guy!
    Liam Hill - 5th Grade Student
    New York, NY

  • Thank you so much for visiting our school! I loved your message to never give up and try your best. I really love all of your surprise ending poems. Especially the one about your mom's bad cooking! you really inspired me to keep writing and to keep using my imagination. I loved your presentation!
    Juliette - Student
    New York, NY

  • When you visited SES, you changed my life. Your message made me realize that passion is worth a shot. You followed your dreams even though they scared you. You are an amazing poet, and I especially like how you keep a good sense of humor through your poetry.  You inspired me to write a poem, and it was so much fun!  My favorite poem was "I am totally speechless."  I was so busy laughing, I was totally speechless!  Now, I'm going to follow my dreams even if they scare me!
    Chloe Mike - Student
    New York, NY