Poise brand launches comedy road show to get women talking about menopause

DALLAS  — Comedic actresses Sherri Shepherd and Cloris Leachman are finding the humor in menopause by headlining the Poise brand’s Hot Flash Road Show, a free comedy tour making stops in New York and Los Angeles this fall that was announced Friday by Kimberly Clark. Open to the public, the Hot Flash Road Show is part of The 2nd Talk, an effort led by the Poise brand to start a whole new way to talk about menopause and help women approach this life stage with confidence. With the "first talk" focusing on puberty, few women ever engage in "the second talk."

“The Poise brand has always taken a light-hearted approach to tackling difficult topics,” stated Rebecca Dunphey, Poise brand director at Kimberly-Clark. “We believe that having Sherri and Cloris put the spotlight on menopause in the Hot Flash Road Show will help women across the country feel more at ease with talking about the changes they’re experiencing themselves.”

“I’m no stranger to talking about sensitive topics, so I jumped at the chance to partner with Poise brand for the Hot Flash Road Show,” stated Shepherd, co-host of ABC’s "The View." “With this comedy tour, I’ll help women have 'the second talk' by bringing humor to this lifestage.”

“At 86 years young, I definitely have my share of menopause stories that I think every woman will eventually relate to,” added Leachman, a nine-time Emmy-Award-winning actress and star of FOX's "Raising Hope." “Eight-in-10 women say it’s time to change the way society thinks about menopause, and the Hot Flash Road Show is a unique opportunity to get people to think differently about this life stage.”

With the launch of the tour, Kimberly Clark also will be introducing a new line of Poise feminine wellness products designed to work naturally with a woman’s body to provide comfort during menopause.

The Hot Flash Road Show will stop in New York at Florence Gould Hall on Sept. 21 and in Los Angeles at the Brentwood Theatre on Oct. 5.