Karen Williams has taken her life experiences
as an African-American lesbian and single mother and turned them
into hilarious fodder for her stand-up routine. Born and raised
in New York City, Williams spent several years on the west coast
before making her home in Cleveland, Ohio. She has toured North
America extensively as a stand-up artist, emcee, humorist, and
lecturer, appearing at countless comedy clubs, festivals,
campuses, conferences, and special event venues. She has
appeared with Joan Rivers and Friends on stage in New York,
performed at Just for Laughs in Montreal and the Mardi
celebrations in Sydney, Australia. A feminist comic whose tone
is never strident or preachy, Williams has a way of addressing
topics of race, gender, and sexual orientation in way which is
accessible to a wide range of audiences. As the founder of the
Institute of Humor and Healing Arts (HaHA), Karen conducts
workshops to enable others to explore the healing power of
humor. "I think that laughter opens us up," she explains. "So I
think that the point of good comedy is, once the person is
opened up, what are we putting inside? And that’s where my job
actually begins, is: what am I putting inside?"
International Institute of Humor and
Healing Arts (HaHA Institute)
SPEAK UP! SPEAK OUT! LAUGH OFTEN!
HaHA Institute is deeply and sincerely
committed to the study and active use of humor in the healing
process -- personal, societal, and planetary. HaHA Institute
offers humor-related workshops, lectures, keynote and
motivational speeches for private corporations, federal and
state agencies, non-profit entities, colleges and universities,
and special events, as well as online tutoring for interested
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.
The healing arts component includes but is not limited to the
following: optimal health planning, nutrition, exercise, massage
and healing touch, aromatherapy, and spiritual practices.
Institute is the brainchild of internationally acclaimed and
nationally-known comedienne and humorist Karen Williams, whose
background includes over twenty years of theatrical training,
improvisational comedy, dance and movement, psychodrama, active
parenting, metaphysical studies, and Buddhist practice.
Affectionately known as the "Diva of Comedy" and the "Queen of
Improv," Karen Williams is the creator and facilitator of the
Humor-at-Large Workshop Series, founder of the National Women's
Comedy Conference, past president of the Association of Women's
Music and Culture, and former Board Member of AIDS, Medicine and
Miracles. Her humor workshops are specifically designed to build
self-awareness and self-confidence, and to promote healthy
self-esteem, while encouraging full support of the principles of
tolerance and respect for the dignity of human life.
Recently, Karen Williams fulfilled her
lifelong educational goals. She graduated summa cum laude from
Cleveland State University with a personally-designed major in
"Humor and Healing." She also received a Master of Education
degree from CSU's Adult Learning program. Karen Williams, M.Ed,
teaches Stand-Up Comedy in the Dramatic Arts area of Cleveland
State University, where Comedy Open Mikes are held on Wednesdays
from 8:30 - 9:30 p.m. at Fat Glenn's, the nightclub in the
basement of the Mather Mansion.
• HUMOR-AT-LARGE WORKSHOP SERIES
• HUMOR & HEALING
• HUMOR & STRESS MANAGEMENT IN THE WORKPLACE
• LET'S LAUGH ABOUT SEX!
• HUMOR & DIVERSITY: DEALING WITH DIFFERENCE & EXPLORING
• SUBSTANCE ABUSE: NO LAUGHING MATTER!
• ON YOUR MARK, GET SET, GOAL SETTING
• HUMOR & WRITING: JOURNAL YOUR HEALING JOURNEY
• COMEDY WRITING FOR AMATEURS & EXPERTS
MILLENNIUM SPECIAL! UNIQUE OFFER!
HUMORIST KAREN WILLIAMS
Founder, HaHA Institute Presents
HUMOR & STRESS MANAGEMENT IN THE WORKPLACE
To your entire staff for the one time only price of $1,500.
To reserve your date, call 216-289-7079 or e-mail
Source: International Institute of Humor and Healing Arts (HaHA
P.O. Box 32147
Cleveland, OH 44132
Karen Williams, Founder