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McCoy Artists Presents ~ THE PINK HULK: One Woman's Journey to Find the Superhero Within
By Larry McCoy


Written & Performed by Valerie David 

Valerie David is an actor, playwright, writer, and editor. Her greatest accomplishment in life is being a THREE-TIME cancer survivor. She was diagnosed and treated for Stage III Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 1999, Stage II Breast Cancer in 2014 and 2015, and Stage IV Breast Cancer in 2018. As of April 2019, she has beaten cancer again! Valerie reactivated her superhero within. Exactly five months after receiving hormone treatment only in pill form–no surgery, no radiation, no chemotherapy, Valerie no longer has active disease. There is no trace of her cancer. As she has had no side effects from her hormone treatment, Valerie has kept up a full schedule of performances–nothing has stopped her. 

The Pink Hulk has been accepted into 38 different play festivals worldwide in only 3½ years, won multiple awards, and has been touring since 2016, impacting audiences with the show’s universal message of hope and empowerment. She is a true superhero.  The Pink Hulk is a true testament to the power we have within to fight back any adversity in life–and NEVER GIVE UP! Her message to you is to do the same and always have hope! 

A graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Valerie’s credits include the Off-Broadway production of A Stoop on Orchard Street, Cookie in Rumors, and Claudia Shear’s Blown Sideways Through Life. Films: How I Became that Jewish Guy, which premiered at a November 2015 NYC Film Festival, and Bridges and Tunnels. Valerie volunteers as a motivational speaker at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training events and Make-A-Wish Foundation. As a marathon cyclist, she co-founded Cycle of Hope, which raises money for national and international cancer organizations through bike marathons. Her most recent biking event raised almost $5,000 for the American Cancer Society and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. 

Memberships include the Dramatists Guild, League of Professional Theatre Women, TRU, AEA, and SAG-AFTRA. She has performed improv throughout New York City with improv groups Faceplant, Cronuts, and Cherub. With more than 20 years of experience as a writer and an editor, she teaches improv to high school students at the Annual Virginia State Thespian Conference. She wrote and starred in the one-woman musical Bring on a Man! and starred and cowrote with Jim Tuohy the two-person show Two-mur Humor: He’s Malignant; She’s Benign and starred and cowrote with Maria Licari the two-person show Wanted: A Few Good Men. 

Selective Awards

  • Best Director of a Solo Show, 2016. Planet Connections Festivity Theatre Festival
  •  Queen’s Medal for Valour Performance Award, 2017 Sara Solo Festival!
  • The Best Survivor Award, 2017 Pittsburgh Fringe 
  • The Fringe Crush Award, 2017 Indy Fringe
  • Audience Choice Award, 2018 Shenandoah Fringe
  •  WOW Award, 2018 Sweden Gothenburg Fringe 
  • ACT Alone Award, 2021 Iceland’s Reykjavik Fringe Festival 


Websites, Videos & More Info



Pink Hulk Trailor Clip

There’s Always Hope

Pink Hulk Video Channel


Words of Praise


“Valerie David has a comic’s timing, a turn for sketch artistry, and a standup comedian’s comfort with making discomforting confessions. She is good company, funny, exuberant, passionate, despairing, maternal and daughterly, sometimes a bit raunchy, and always candid.” Broadway World

 “The joy of this performance is in the honesty and the openness and the wonderfully warm and inclusive woman that is Valerie David…Ms. David has the kind of infectious spirit and deeply inspiring story that needs more than a one-woman show…how about a series? - Noho Arts District of L.A. 

 “I recommend this show to anyone who enjoys authentic, well-performed theater and to anyone needing a reminder of the strength and resilience of the human spirit. I try to avoid reviewer clichés, but in this case, I can’t help myself because I so rarely have this experience: The Pink Hulk literally made me laugh and made me cry.” - DC Metro Theatre Arts Review