Mimi Gonzalez is a road-tested, high-octane comedian who takes the audience on a wild ride from the profound to the profane. Bawdy and political, her ferocious idealism of inclusion has been embraced by colleges, Prides, comedy clubs, resorts, festivals, cruises and even battlefields.
Mimi’s answered the call of duty to the U.S. armed forces and made them laugh in Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Kosovo, Korea, Japan and Guam.
Her television appearances include: LOGO’s “One Night Stand Up,” the “Today” show, Mo Gaffney’s “Women Aloud,” “Ellen,” “Que Loco,” “Funny is Funny,” and “Latino Laugh Festival.” She’s even been a morning-show co-host on New York’s WPYX.
She’s used her Journalism degree to commit random acts of publishing which have included interviewing Camille Paglia for On Our Backs magazine and is a featured monthly columnist in GET-R.I. You can find her on the road, working her walnut farm in Michigan or on Facebook.
Curve Magazine calls Karen Williams “…a laugh riot!” The Sydney Morning Herald proclaims that Karen Williams is “ferociously funny, with perfect pace, timing and structure.”
Karen Williams is one of today’s hottest comedy stars — with an awesome personality, radiant smile, and a sterling reputation for delivering laughs each and every time!
“I NEED A SNACK” ~ filmed live at The Knitting Factory in Hollywood and produced by Andrea Meyerson of AllOut Films ~ is a hilarious one hour solo comedy special that aired regularly on LOGO TV and is available on DVD.
“LAUGHING MATTERS,” the award-winning feature film featuring Karen Williams, made Blockbuster Video’s New Releases list a few summers ago. An audience favorite at film fests, this popular comedy-documentary showcases Karen’s star quality while intriguing interviews highlight her social activism.
Karen is known for her quick repartee, insightful commentary, audience rapport, and sheer likeability! She is a comic craftmaster, a gifted actor, a multitalented writer, and an inspirational lecturer, whose HaHA Institute attracts clients from the public and private sectors. Armed with her “healing with humor” philosophy, Karen is a modern-day alchemist and motivational humorist, whose audiences revel in her cathartic laughter and whose peers consider her a comic’s comic!
As a solo entertainer, Karen Williams delights fan-filled audiences from San Francisco to South Beach to Sydney, where she performed twenty shows at the Belvoir Street Theatre during her one month stay in Australia. An international comic favorite ~ who has showcased her talents at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal several times ~ Karen Williams is a star entertainer with Olivia Travel, where she’s garnered some 150 laugh-filled cruise and resort trips around the globe!
Karen is a featured comic in “We’re Funny That Way,” the hilarious, internationally-acclaimed film filmed at Buddies in Bad Times in Toronto and shown regularly on HBO; as well as a nominee for the 1999 GLAMA Award for her irreverent comedy CD, “human beings: what a concept” (Uproar Records).
Comedy writer and former television host of the New York variety show, “In The Life,” Karen Williams sharpened her comedy teeth as a ghostwriter at Columbia Pictures. Williams’ humor writings appear in numerous anthologies, including “Joke Stew” (Andrews McMeel
Publishing); Revolutionary Laughter” (Crossing Press); “Out in All Directions” (Warner Books); and “Out, Loud & Laughing” (Random House).
Karen Williams graduated summa cum laude from Cleveland State University with a personally-designed major in “Humor and Healing.” She earned a Master of Education degree from CSU’s Adult Learning & Development program. Founder and CEO of the International Institute of Humor and Healing Arts, Karen has successfully branded HaHA Institute as the go-to resource network for educational programs, workshops and seminars focused on the healing power of humor.
Karen Williams, M.Ed, taught Stand-Up Comedy in the Dramatic Arts department of Cleveland State University; studied improv at Second City Chicago; and directed inaugural comedy classes at Second City in Cleveland. Karen continues to perform comedy worldwide and star in television commercials while teaching acting and improvisational comedy at ProModel and Talent Management, training students of all ages to compete at IMTA (International Model and Talent Agency) Conventions in New York and Los Angeles.
For comedy, acting, writing, lectures, classes, workshops and motivational speaking bookings, contact High End Bookings
216-548-0197 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Visit www.hahainstitute.com for more information about the work of Karen Williams!
Edifying and entertaining, Natalia Zukerman’s The Women Who Rode Away seamlessly melds the talents of the songwriter, painter, and storyteller into a moving evening of reflection and perseverance. Featuring original music and projected paintings by Zukerman, this intimate portrait recounts the artist’s journey of finding her own voice through the stories of the women in her life that paved the way. The production is directed by Kira Simring and features projection design by Gertjan Houben.
“Natalia’s voice could send an orchid into bloom while her guitar playing can open a beer bottle with its teeth.” –New Yorker
“a strutting brass band one minute, a sighing lover the next.” –The Boston Globe
“a wise mix of rootsy styles from torch blues to country swing. If you’re a fan of Madeleine Peyroux, Bonnie Raitt or even Amy Winehouse, you’ll find stuff to connect with here.” –Philadelphia Daily News
River Hags is an all female group that plays bluegrass americana and feminist music.The members include Lizzie Yeehaw, Lili Yee, Sally Starflower, Melanie Gorguny and Dianne Wilbur and they are often joined by other musicians who are available.
This is what happens when you get 3 broads, 3 voices, and a couple of good tunes going in the Mid Ohio Valley. In Broad Damelight brings you the sweetheart trio Murray Stewart-Jones, Sarah Burton and Jocelyn Adelsperger.
These 3 dames all come from various musical backgrounds. Everything from sweet adelines, blues, country, rock and roll, jazz, funk, etc. You name it. They either thought about it, tried it, or are actually doing it.
These 3 voices have been working tirelessly together for what seems like no time at all actually. Magically that have whipped up a tasty little set for you and OLF. They’ve all walked many musical miles to get here. Please enjoy the eclectic stylings and soothing 3 part harmonies from this talented trio.