Hey, I'm Kevin L.!
New York, New York
I'm Kevin L. Clark—a music journalist and screenwriter from Brooklyn, NYC—and I am developing a pilot episode for a late night talk show I believe is sorely needed on the airwaves.
But first, a little backstory:
In 2012, my kidneys failed thanks to a pesky little bugger known as FSGS, and the experience left me faced with having to be placed on dialysis. I had never really heard of it before, but the doctors only recommended the popular hemodialysis treatment. My family and I had to do our own research to learn of an alternative, peritoneal dialysis, which ultimately saved my life while I was on the organ recipients list. I learned later on while recovering from a kidney transplant just how many people who look like me have still never heard of PD and its benefits.
I was blessed with that second chance at life on Jan. 31, 2018, thanks to a close family friend, Anslem Rocque. From the moment I opened my eyes after surgery, I promised that I was not going to waste this opportunity to share what I learned with others who need solutions for possible life or death situations. Each day we're reading and reacting to more and more stories about doctors and medical companies outright ignoring (ex. Shaquille Dukes) or misdiagnosing patients of color (ex. Adrienne Harris using bias and racism.
MIGHTY HEALTHY is a late night talk show meant to direct the conversation surrounding healthcare using comedy to challenges and critiques the industry and corporations that mistreat its patients and practitioners of color. We would also inform the audience on news that they might not see on MSNBC or CNN and spotlight entities in the health space who are fighting for advancements for patients and practitioners of color (ex. Cancer Who? Cares)
The premise behind this show is Dr. Oz with some Last Week Tonight with John Oliver mixed in for proper satirizing, er, seasoning. Focusing on health care issues that affect the black-and-brown community, MIGHTY HEALTHY uses humor to discuss, debate, and debunk topics of the day that need to be shared with our community.
With this show, I want to use this campaign to create jobs in television for creators of color, and I would realize my dream of having the "First Response Team of Comedy" on the air, delivering punchlines to those who are leaving others with no shot at life support. According to friends of the campaign like Kurt Farquhar (CW's Black Lightning), Liz Goldwyn (podcast, The Sex Ed), Mary Pryor (Cannaclusive), and others—MIGHTY HEALTHY is a show that's "never been done before" and "needs to be on [TV] screens everywhere!"
For myself, I am excited to share with you this Seed&Spark campaign to raise awareness about the show's mission. I am asking you all to join #TeamMightyHealthy, follow us on IG and Twitter, and support the project whether through dollars or kindness.
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