Known for her perceptive commentary and armed with her "healing with humor" philosophy, Karen Williams is a modern-day alchemist and motivational humorist. The trailblazing comedian Suzanne Westenhoefer never does the same show twice. She charges boldly onto the stage and what happens is always a mystery and a delight. Constantly keeping us on our toes, is the politically adept Dana Goldberg who uses her voice to bridge communities through her side-splitting humor and poignant, timely comedy. Social justice music maker Crys Matthews, blends Americana, folk, jazz, blues, bluegrass and funk into an unforgettable evening of songs. Originally from Lake Charles, Louisiana, Jen Kober brings crowds to their feet with her original blend of stand-up, storytelling, and improvised rock-n-roll comedy. Born in Madrid, Spain internationally touring DJ Tatiana, is fluent in different genres including hip hop, top 40 remixes, moombahton, house, Latin and circuit. Our resident Yogini Richelle Donigan will help you greet the day with alignment and mindfulness through her daily Yoga sessions and meditation offerings.
COMIC, EMCEE, HOST, MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER, HUMOR EDUCATOR & DIVERSITY TRAINER
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 All Out 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" of HBO fame, 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 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.
SPEAKUP! SPEAK OUT! LAUGH OFTEN!
No one ever accused Suzanne of being subtle, not the shuttle driver who took her to the airport, the woman she was in line with at the grocery store yesterday and certainly not her audiences. Subtle, she is not.
After 25 years of groundbreaking, stereotype-shattering and brutally honest comedy, she’s not about to start pulling punches now.
The kid from Amish Country who began her comedy career on a dare is celebrating a quarter century of out, open, no-holds-barred comedy.
Suzanne tells the truth. The truth is life is funny, especially when it’s fermented in Suzanne’s mind. That’s why she could never be in the closet, making her a trailblazer when she started doing stand-up in the 1990s. She was the first openly lesbian comedian with an HBO Special and the first openly lesbian comedian on “Late Night with David Letterman.”
Heck, she was on Sally Jesse Raphael in 1991 on a show called “Breaking the Lesbian Stereotype…Lesbians Who Don’t Look Like Lesbians.” From “OMG, a lesbian has long hair and wears make up” to “I went to Helen and Jane’s wedding last weekend,” that’s how far we’ve come in the 25 years Suzanne has been telling her truth to audiences all over the world. Some of that is certainly thanks to her candor, courage and charisma.
Suzanne never does the same show twice. She can’t. She doesn’t write anything down. She charges boldly onto the stage and what happens is always a mystery and a delight. Enjoy a wild night of comedy in a city near you.
Raised by a wild pack of Jews, otherwise known as her mother and two siblings, veteran comedian Dana Goldberg is a force of nature on stage. With performances at the San Francisco International Comedy Competition, The Comedy Festival produced by TBS and HBO, and the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland, Goldberg’s quick wit and playful stage presence have earned her loyal fans across the country and abroad.
A crowd favorite, she has become a triple threat, combining her comedy, hosting, and writing talents to become one of the most sought-after entertainers on the circuit. Deeming her one of the top five funniest lesbians in America, Curve magazine raved, “Goldberg is one of the brightest lights in a stellar comedy landscape,” and Advocate.com named Goldberg one of the top three LGBT comedians in the nation.
In addition to headlining clubs, theaters, and festivals around the country, Goldberg has performed at and emceed dozens of high profile events and has shared the national stage with luminaries such as President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, President Bill Clinton, Kerry Washington, Jennifer Lopez, John Lithgow, Alfred Molina, Jennifer Hudson, Sir Elton John, Mariah Carey, Shonda Rhimes, and many more. Combining her gift of humor with humanitarian efforts, Goldberg has helped to raise over thirty million dollars for nonprofits around the country in the fight for marriage equality, LGBT rights, women’s rights, and HIV and AIDS education and prevention.
Ask anyone in the know about the new generation of social justice music-makers and they will mention Crys Matthews, a powerful lyricist whose songs of compassionate dissent reflect her lived experience as what she lightheartedly calls “the poster-child for intersectionality.”
In her TedTalk about difficult conversations called "Sing, Don't Shout—An Alternative Approach" Matthews speaks about being born and raised in a small town in southeastern North Carolina by an A.M.E. preacher and how she witnessed the power of music from an early age. A former drum major and classically trained clarinetist turned folk singer, Matthews is using her music to answer Dr. Martin Luther King's call to be "a drum major for justice." She is singing out in the hopes of inspiring listeners to have more of those difficult conversations. "Now is the time for a revolutionary love," Matthews says, "a love so profound that it bankrupts organizations who would put their profits before the safety of our children and our citizens, builds bridges to unite us instead of walls to divide us, and changes hearts instead of minds."
A prolific lyricist and composer, Matthews has found inspiration in her surroundings, from driving through the Blue Ridge Mountains to the compelling and heart-breaking love story of Richard and Mildred Loving. Thoughtful, realistic, and emotional, Matthews’ songs speak to the voice of our generation and remind us why music indeed soothes the soul.
Matthews blends Americana, folk, jazz, blues, bluegrass, and funk into a bold, complex performance steeped in traditional melodies and punctuated by honest, original lyrics. Having been compared to everyone from Toshi Reagon to Tracy Chapman to Ruthie Foster, Matthews’ eclectic infusion of genres and songwriting won her the grand prize at the NewSong Music and Performance finals at Lincoln Center in 2017. Her newest project, called These Old Hands, is being released under the NewSong label summer 2019.
Originally from Lake Charles, Louisiana, Jen Kober has energetically bounded onto the national stage, bringing crowds to their feet with her original blend of stand-up, storytelling, and improvised rock-n-roll comedy. Her hard-hitting hour is phenomenally funny—Kober commands the stage and dares you not to laugh. She was the 2016 winner of NPR's Snap Judgement Comedic Performance of the Year for her Girl Scout Cookie story, which went viral upon its release earlier that year.
See Jen now....
- spinning stories on NPR's Snap Judgement Live Tour
- as food court maven Brenda on The Middle
- as Joan on BET's Real Husbands of Hollywood starring Kevin Hart
- as Judge Selma on Franklin & Bash
- as Nurse Dena on The Mindy Project
- as Little Ed on Anger Management with Charlie Sheen
- knocking out Larry David on Curb Your Enthusiasm
- in the movie Paranoia with Liam Hemsworth and Richard Dreyfuss
- in the film Grudge Match with Robert De Niro
- in the riotous American Reunion as Ingrid
- in Netflix’s AJ and the Queen with RuPaul and Dead to Me
- on stage at a comedy venue near you!
Or find her at Jenkober.com.
Born in Madrid and based in Denver Colorado, Tatiana is an established International female DJ with over 20 years in the industry. Her passion for music, international travel and an undeniable energy that draws crowds to the dance floor, has placed DJ Tatiana into a class of her own making her one of the most sought-after DJ’s in the game. Tatiana’s experience traveling the world has allowed her to become fluent in different genres and sounds including hip hop, top 40 remixes, moombahton, house, Latin and circuit. Her honed DJ skills, mass following and extensive music library that knows no borders, allows her to play to any crowd.
DJ Tatiana has current monthly residencies in Denver Colorado, San Francisco, CA and Los Angeles, CA drawing crowds of 2500 - 3000 people nightly, as well as her other monthly residency at First Fridays, the largest monthly women's party in the USA. She also holds seasonal residencies at Temple Nightclub and at DRLO Live in Madrid, Spain.
Aside from these residencies, former Billboard DJ Tatiana demonstrates international relevancy, headlining events around the world.
Richelle Evelyn Donigan is a masterful Yoga Instructor, Life Coach, Author, and Speaker. She has been in the work and study of transformation for more than 40 years. Richelle has an extraordinary gift for creating safe empowering spaces for beginners and communities that have been traditionally underserved. She has created and led numerous retreats and workshops focusing on LGBTQ Communities. Her Butch Yoga workshops allow Butch Identified women to come as they are, listen and be heard by other Butches and support one another as they share and practice together. Richelle’s Vision Workshops are life changing. You will walk out with powerful clarity and strategies to create a life that you absolutely LOVE. A consummate teacher, Richelle embodies wellness and is dedicated to uplifting community with the profound healing practices of Yoga & Vision.