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Sophie Duker

Stand-up comedian and writer Sophie Duker is quickly becoming one of the most exciting new acts on the circuit, describing herself as a “sexy-cerebral comedy underdog”. In her career so far, Sophie has been crowned a finalist in the 2015 Funny Women Awards and reached the shortlist for the BBC New Comedy Award.
In 2018 Sophie starred in Channel 4 comedy pilot Riot Girls, and shared her tips for survival at an all-girls school in the first episode of Comedy Central’s What I Wish I’d Said. As a writer, Sophie’s work has featured on BBC Radio 4’s The News Quiz and The Now Show as well as BBC2 series Famalam.
Every month, Sophie hosts irreverent cabaret gameshow Wacky Racists where guest acts break down bigotry with audience games and stand-up comedy. Sophie is also the founder and host of Manic Pixie Dream Girls – an international, intersectional feminist comedy show that appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2016 and 2017.

Karen Williams


Karen Williams is the founder and CEO of the International Institute of Humor and Healing Arts, affectionately known as HaHA Institute.

The mission of HaHA Institute is to encourage the fullest and highest activation of human potential for compassion, wisdom, and life force through the daily use of humor and healing arts, which includes stress management, nutrition, exercise, massage and healing touch, and spiritual practices.

Karen Williams has the unique distinction of being the nation's first openly lesbian black comic to include specifically lesbian material in her act. Her solo comedy special I Need a Snack, filmed live in Hollywood and produced by Andrea Meyerson of AllOut Films, is a LOGO TV favorite and available on DVD. 

The feature-length, award-winning comedy-documentary Laughing Matters showcases Karen's star quality and includes interview clips that highlight her social activism. Other credits include the film We’re Funny That Way, which aired on HBO, and comedy writer and host for the TV show In the Life out of New York City.

Karen Williams is a featured comic performer with Olivia Travel, and has been since 1990. She’s been a ghostwriter at Columbia Pictures, and her humor writings appear in numerous anthologies, including Joke Stew (Andrews McMeel Publishing), Revolutionary Laughter (Crossing Press), Out in All Directions (Warner Brothers), and Out, Loud & Laughing (Random House).

Most recently, Karen was an artist in residence at Winona State University in Minnesota, coaching classes as diverse as political science, health management, theatre and dance, and communications. Karen also earned kudos as a highly-praised diversity trainer for Kent State University's Institute of Excellence staff and alumni at KSU, Ohio.


Elvira Kurt

When Elvira Kurt is not writing about herself in the third person, she’s a Canadian Comedy Award–winning, three-time Gemini Award–nominated stand-up comic and Second City veteran, who has starred, hosted, or appeared in too many TV shows and comedy specials to mention. Except for these: Popcultured with Elvira Kurt on The Comedy Network, the first late night talk show hosted by a woman, which she also created and produced; The Gayest Show Ever, co-created, co-produced, and hosted by Elvira and winner of Best Pilot at the Banff World Television Festival; Queer as Jokes, with Elvira as host and headliner of CBC’s first ever all-gay comedy special; and Big Girl Now!, Elvira’s award-winning one-hour CTV comedy special.

With appearances on everything from The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, CBC’s The Debaters, CBC comedy specials from Just For Laughs in Montreal, and the Halifax and Winnipeg comedy festivals to her own comedy specials airing on Comedy Central, HBO, Showtime, E!, and Bravo, there’s definitely something for everyone. Elvira headlined LOGO’s One Night Stand Up from Washington DC and hosted the network’s First Comes Love and Cruising the Caribbean with Olivia. On CBC’s The Second City’s Next Comedy Legend, Elvira was a judge along with Joe Flaherty and Dave Thomas; she’s guest starred on Degrassi: The Next Generation, hit the stage in the Vagina Monologues, and been featured in several comedy films, including the multiple award-winning Laughing Matters…More!

In her spare time, ha, Elvira writes comedy for TV, from series like This Hour Has 22 Minutes and Little Mosque on the Prairie to specials, most notably for Ellen DeGeneres on HBO. But that’s not all! Elvira’s toured North America as one of the hottest college acts around, nominated as both US College Comedian and Entertainer of the Year.


Natalie Toro

On Broadway, Natalie originated the role of Madame Defarge in A TALE OF TWO CITIES, (Sarasota Magazine’s Best Supporting Actress Award in its pre-Broadway run). She was the first American to play the role of Eponine in LES MISERABLES, and was nominated for a Joseph Jefferson Award for her portrayal of Eva Peron in the 20th Anniversary Tour of EVITA. She originated the role of Sally in Alan Menken’s A CHRISTMAS CAROL, and played the roles of Mary Magdalene in JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, Grizabella in CATS and Camila in IN THE HEIGHTS.

She has originated roles Off-Broadway including THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD (La Bruja), Ginger in ZOMBIE PROM; and regionally: in BENNY & JOON (World Premiere), THE BIKINIS, ZORBA, BLOOD BROTHERS, FRANCES OF GUERNICA, EVERYTHING’S DUCKY, and THE FIX, produced by Cameron Macintosh.

Natalie is currently a headliner with her one woman show on major cruise lines around the world. Her CD, Natalie Toro includes a duet with Sutton Foster and Holiday CD, JUST IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS, duets with Ryan Kelly from Celtic Thunder and Grammy Award winner, Jon Secada. Her television credits include: LAW AND ORDER, LAW AND ORDER SVU, ELEMENTARY, PERSON OF INTEREST and BLACK BOX. She has performed with Symphony Orchestras at Carnegie Hall and the National Concert Hall in Dublin, Ireland.


Anne Steele

Anne Steele is a multi-award-winning singer/ songwriter from NYC and is thrilled to be making her Olivia debut.  Anne released a brand-new EP of original music titled Made Out Of Starsin January 2019. She is currently on her Made Out Of Stars Tourthat is playing across the US and abroad.

Steele released her first EP of original music titled What’s Mine, in 2015 and toured extensively throughout the US and abroad. She recently performed alongside Cyndi Lauper at the Home For The Holidays concert at The Beacon Theater in NYC for the True Colors Fund.  Anne’s single, “Love Can Take Us There”, was released in 2016, with all proceeds benefitting victims of The Pulse Nightclub shooting.  The single was chosen as the official Provincetown Carnival Anthem for 2016.

"After listening to this EP, Made Out Of Stars, I'm convinced that Steele herself is made out of heavenly, cosmic stuff. Sporting a million-watt smile, a voice as clear and bright as a bell, and a heart of gold, Steele’s music sounds like a good friend—the kind you call when you need lifting up. One of the pleasures of female-driven pop is its ability to tap into the anthem of the self: the best female pop vocalists amplify positive feelings and give us hope that we can transcend obstacles. And when music’s as good as Made Out Of Stars I think we all get to shine a little." - Merryn Johns, Curve Magazine, Feb 2019.


DJ Christie James

Bay Area radio personality and event host Christie James has been rocking a Bay Area mic since 2004. She caught the radio bug after working for the American Forces Network in Sardinia, Italy. Now a military vet and a radio vet, Christie can be heard daily on the new iHeart80s at 103.7 FM in San Francisco and Pride Radio on the iHeartRadio app. Currently she is the executive producer and co-host of The Martha Quinn Show on iHeart80s at 103.7 as well as host of her own midday show from 10 am to 3 pm. Can't listen during the day? Check her out nightly on Pride Radio, from 7 pm to midnight ET.

Christie's versatile style has allowed her to stay consistent and relevant in a changing radio landscape, and her positive vibe taken her on a radio journey to stations all over Northern California. But most particularly, she loves sharing her passion for music with her own Bay Area community, which she does in part by donating time to produce the women's stage for both San Francisco Pride and Oakland Pride. She also works with several charities, including the Chron's & Colitis Foundation, the American Lung Association, and San Francisco’s Queer Cultural Center, to name a few.

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