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Suzanne Westenhoefer

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.

Julie Goldman

You may know Julie from BRAVO’s The People's Couch or LOGO’s Big Gay Sketch Show. Julie is currently co-host of the Dumb Gay Politics podcast with Brandy Howard, which has been called “a load of garbage by two idiots, and if you haven’t downloaded it you are missing your life.” You may have seen her on the new season of Curb Your Enthusiasm on HBO or Hollywood Darlings on POPTV. Julie performs regularly all over the country and has been called "A must see," a "Crackerjack Comedian," "Fearless," "Outrageously Hilarious" and "The People's Butch."

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 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.


Jessica Kirson

Jessica Kirson is a powerhouse on stage. She's unlike any comedian you've ever seen. She was awarded "Best Female Comic" by the MAC association in New York City, and recently accepted the Nightlife Award for "Best Stand-Up Comedian" in NYC. Jessica has a strong social media presence. Her videos online have over 30 million views.

She has been featured on Comedy Central, Bravo, NBC's Last Comic Standing (Seasons 2 and 3), two appearances on the The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, ABC’s The View, Showtime, NBC's Celebrity Apprentice, CNN, The Jim Gaffigan Show on TV Land and, Kevin Can Wait on CBS.

Jessica appeared in the movie School Dance, written and directed by Nick Cannon, starring Jim Breuer and George Lopez. She has been working with Howard Stern, writing and producing prank calls that are on Sirius/XM radio. Jessica is a cast member in Robert Deniro's new movie The Comedian. She is also a consultant, producer, and writer for the film.

Caitlin Gill

Caitlin has performed for Flophouse on Viceland, at the Oddball Comedy Tour, the Outside Lands Festival, SF Sketchfest, Bridgetown Comedy Festival and in some of the best comedy clubs in the nation. Her writing has been featured on Hidden America with Jonah Ray, the series Take My Wife and in The New York Times. She was voted Best Comedian in the East Bay Express “Best Of” Edition in 2013.  You can also hear her on podcasts like Put Your Hands Together, Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction and NPR's Snap Judgement. See her live every week at the Hollywood Improv Lab hosting Crabapples with Bobcat Goldthwait.


DJ Rockaway

Born and raised in Queens, NY, DJ Rockaway has been bringing her passion and love for music to dance floors for over a decade performing for audiences in the U.S. and internationally. From nightclubs on both the east and west coasts, to private weddings and events, she is a regular DJ on Olivia cruise and resort vacations and DJ’s for national non-profit events such as NCLR, HRC and Equality California, to name a few. She is the founder of PLAY San Francisco and PLAY San Jose, which are monthly events for women who love to dance. A true New Yorker (just listen to her talk), DJ Rockaway’s unique mix of music styles – dance, hip-hop, R&B, house, club, retro – allows her to play to all who love to dance and feel the music. For DJ Rockaway, music is more than a blend of sounds, music is an experience – she wants you to feel it, live it, escape into it.


DJ Asha

ASHA is respected globally as a sexy, crowd pleasing and ultimately entertaining DJ. She can be found rockin’ crowds in the world’s biggest clubs. Regularly spinning in London (her hometown), Athens, Croatia, Dubai, Estonia, Greece, Ibiza (for P.Diddy), Italy, Miami, Milan, Russia; plus most recently San Francisco and Hollywood. She has rocked parties from coast to coast and overseas.

ASHA is one the most versatile DJs on the scene. She is comfortable spinning a selection of: Party Anthems, Electro, HipHop, House, Old School, RnB, Reggae, and Top 40. Her versatility showcases her ability to read and satisfy the crowd.

She is frequently called upon for her music expertise and event marketing skills. She has promoted several successful nights, including KYSS (500-700 weekly party goers), Carefree, Lemmonade, and Liberté. Beyond the decks, ASHA’s incredible energy and personality has been heard across the airwaves of England’s hottest radio stations. She is prized as leading DJ and radio broadcaster, having hosted shows for the BBC, Galaxy Network and Choice FM. At Choice FM she co-hosted the breakfast show, adding more than half a million new weekly listeners in less than one year with no public advertisement. Her style of radio presentation has received critical acclaim, and she’s interviewed some of the world’s biggest stars including Will Smith, Samuel L Jackson, Juliette Lewis, Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys and Amy Winehouse.


Richelle Donigan

Richelle Evelyn Donigan is a masterful Yogini, Life Coach, Writer, Author, Teacher, and Speaker. She has been in the work and study of transformation for more than 40 years. Richelle began teaching Yoga in 2002, and has created and led numerous retreats and workshops focusing on LGBTQ Communities. Her Butch Yoga workshop series is a particular favorite in the Bay Area, and her Yoga retreats are always life changing and enriching. A consummate teacher, Richelle embodies wellness and is dedicated to uplifting community with the profound healing practices of Yoga.

Kathy Toon

Kathy Toon is the "guru" of mental focus and shot intention! She is the founder of GlamSlam Tennis and the GameFace System, a 4-step program that focuses on mental performance for athletes. Kathy is a professional sports trainer and has worked with hundreds of tennis players as well as other athletes to help them be the best they can be. Besides her blog and newsletter, Kathy’s articles on tennis team success are featured online in the Norcal USTA’s Competitive Edge Series.

Additionally, she is a senior trainer for the internationally recognized Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA), having conducted hundreds of workshops for thousands of coaches, athletes, and parents across the country. She worked for over 14 years for the University of California-Berkeley women’s tennis team (Division 1) and helped them achieve three NCAA championships. It was here where she helped create the GameFace System. Kathy is primary author of Get Your Game Face On! and Get Your Game Face On! Doubles.

Kathy played Division 1 tennis at Pepperdine University and received a BA in Sports Psychology at San Diego State University.


Nicole Havlicek

Nicole Havlicek, originally from Ontario, Canada, moved to the United States on a full athletic scholarship at the University of California, Berkeley. She excelled both academically and athletically, majoring in Economics and earning the titles of Co-Captain and MVP of the Women’s Tennis Varsity Team.

As a junior, Nicole was ranked #1 provincially in both singles and doubles. In the U18 Canadian National Rankings she finished ranked #8 in both 1998 and 1999. She was a Doubles Finalist at the Canadian National Junior Championships. As a Golden Bear, Nicole represented the team in both singles and doubles on a team ranked #2 in the nation. Individually she was nationally ranked #90 in singles and #17 in doubles in the ITA Division I Women’s Collegiate Tennis Rankings. She was regionally (Northwest Region) ranked #22 in singles and #10 in doubles. In her final season as a member of the Cal Women’s Tennis varsity squad, Nicole was team Co-Captain, led the team in wins and was named Team MVP. She held a 28-10 overall record in singles including an outstanding 19-5 mark in dual match competition. In doubles, her record was 22-6 alongside partner Jody Scheldt.

Nicole is the Owner/General Manger of the Redondo Havlicek Tennis Academy at Ocean View Park in Albany, CA where, alongside legendary coach Skip Redondo, they train elite junior tennis players in Northern California who have aspirations of playing college or professional tennis. Nicole also works extensively with adult league teams and privately with juniors and adults of all levels.

Chanelle Smith

Chanelle Smith is an IFBB pro bodybuilding athlete and a fitness, wellness, and travel blogger at Eat Move Make. In 2013, when she found herself feeling depressed and stuck, weightlifting gave her a new purpose in life. Today, having found success as bodybuilder and writer, Chanelle is passionate about using her platform to spread mental health awareness and help others find their way in the fitness world.

Barb Maxfield

Barbara is a National Board-Certified Health & Wellness Coach whose passion for the past 25 years has been supporting women to create the healthiest and most prosperous life possible. As a Transformation Coach, she has helped well over 1,000 people to tap into their wisdom, intuition and inspiration to create breakthrough approaches to their goals and boost their confidence and vitality. Most importantly, she deeply understands the unique issues of lesbian women and helps them to leverage their strengths and fuel their vision to put their dreams into action.

Barbara is no stranger to life transformation. She has continuously evolved through radical life changes: She ended her marriage to her husband to come out, succeeded in significant weight loss, started a new solo life and career in wellness, lived for a couple years as a “traveling nomad” and then entered the whirlwind life of a wife and a step-mother to two special needs children. She and her wife are now empty-nesters and reside in San Diego, where she offers workshops and coaching and of course, continues to rise up and create new dreams.

Amy Jo Goddard

Amy Jo Goddard is author of Woman on Fire: Nine Elements to Wake up Your Erotic Energy, Personal Power and Sexual Intelligence and co-author of the best-selling classic Lesbian Sex Secrets for Men, recently published in second edition. She earned her Master's degree in Human Sexuality Education at New York University and has been teaching and speaking about feminism and sexuality for over 20 years.

As a thought leader about sexuality, she has been featured on Fox News, The Maury Povich Show, Playboy Channel, The Learning Channel, Sirius XM, and several documentaries, among countless other podcasts and print publications like Cosmopolitan, Shape, BUST, and Men’s Health. A California-New York hybrid, she was named one of Go Magazine’s “100 Women We Love” and Kinkly’s “100 Sex Blogging Superheroes”. Amy Jo delivered her popular TEDx talk "Owning Your Sexual Power" in sexy Napa Valley and she teaches women’s sexual empowerment programs, couples programs and maintains a private coaching practice. She is also a corporate and media consultant, helping companies, media outlets, health care institutions and universities elevate media representations of women and LGBTQ people and improve the lives of women.

Amy Jo's forthcoming documentary film, At Your Cervix, aims to improve pelvic exams for all patients and to end unethical medical practices that harm women's and transgender people’s sexual bodies. Currently based in Los Angeles, she is a fierce lover of felines, who, she claims are evolved teachers about empowered sexuality and healthy boundaries.

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