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Lily Tomlin

Lily Tomlin, one of America's foremost comediennes, continues to venture across an ever-widening range of media, starring in television, theater, motion pictures, animation, and video. Throughout her extraordinary career, Tomlin has received numerous awards, including seven Emmys; a Tony for her one woman Broadway show, Appearing Nitely; a second Tony for Best Actress, a Drama Desk Award and an Outer Critics’ Circle Award for her one woman performance in Jane Wagner’s The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe; a CableAce Award for Executive Producing the film adaptation of The Search; a Grammy for her comedy album, This is a Recording as well as nominations for her subsequent albums Modern Scream, And That's the Truth, and On Stage; and two Peabody Awards--the first for the ABC television special, Edith Ann’s Christmas: Just Say Noël, and the second for narrating and executive producing the HBO film, The Celluloid Closet. In 2003, she was the recipient of the prestigious Mark Twain Prize for American Humor presented at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. For her extensive work in film, Tomlin has received the Crystal Award from Women in Film.

Tomlin made her television debut in 1966 on The Garry Moore Show and then made several memorable appearances on The Merv Griffin Show, which led to a move to California where she appeared as a regular on Music Scene. In December 1969, Tomlin joined the cast of the top-rated Laugh-In and immediately rose to national prominence with her characterizations of Ernestine, the irascible telephone operator, and Edith Ann, the devilish six year old. She has guest starred on numerous television shows, such as Homicide, X-Files and Will and Grace, and played the boss on the popular CBS series, Murphy Brown. In 2002, Tomlin joined the cast of the hit NBC series, The West Wing, playing President Bartlett’s assistant, Debbie Fiderer--a role for which she received a 2003 Screen Actors Guild nomination for Best Actress in a Drama Series.

Today, Tomlin continues to make appearances around the nation. In 2006, she took her classic characters to Australia for shows in Sydney and Melbourne. In November 2009, Tomlin debuted in Las Vegas at The MGM Grand Hotel in her new show entitled Not Playing with a Full Deck. She returned there for two engagements in 2010. In 2011, she returned to Australia for several concert appearances and participated in the Mardi Gras Festival.

Tomlin can be found on the popular website for women,, and participates with other celebrities such as Whoopi Goldberg, Candice Bergen, Liz Smith, Jane Wagner, Peggy Noonan, Marlo Thomas and Lesley Stahl to create an on-line community which is owned and run by women for women of all ages and origins. Tomlin’s entire career in art, text, photos and videos can be found at Tomlin is currently working on new stage, radio, television and social media projects, including an educational game app for kids, City Adventures of Edith Ann, based on her beloved character, Edith Ann.


Ferron, a Canadian folk singer-songwriter and poet, and one of Canada's most respected folk musicians, is also one of the most influential writers and early performers of women's music. In listening to Ferron's music, audiences are allowed to acknowledge the passage of time, people, memories, and hopes through her poetic metaphors. Her familiar vernacular, direct statements, enlightened associations, warm and husky voice, and engaging stage presence have permitted identification with her experiences and her process, her struggles and her wisdom, her universal anguish and strength. Born on June 1, 1952, Ferron grew up in a semi-rural suburb of Vancouver, British Columbia, the eldest of seven children in a working-class family. After leaving home at 15, she scrambled financially, supporting herself by driving a cab, waitressing, shoveling gravel, and packing five-pound bags of coffee in a factory.

From her basement, she recorded and distributed Ferron (1977) and Ferron Backed Up (1978). Since both albums are now out of print collector's items, Ferron decided to re-release much of their material on subsequent albums. In 1978, Ferron was "discovered" by Gayle Scott, who became her manager and business partner. Ferron and Scott collaborated on her next two studio albums: Testimony (Lucy Records, 1980) and Shadows on a Dime (Lucy Records, 1984), which received a four-star rating from Rolling Stone magazine. She went on to release six more albums (Phantom Center, Resting with the Question, Driver, Not a Still Life, Still Riot and Impressionistic) before Turning into Beautiful, her next album of original material, in 2005 on her own label. That was followed by Girl on a Road Documentary and Live Show, then Boulder, a collection of re-recordings produced by Bitch on Short Story Records, in 2008. Boulder includes guest appearances by Ani Difranco, Indigo Girls, JD Samson (Le Tigre), Sam Parton (Be Good Tanyas), Tina G (God-des) and Julie Wolf. The newest Ferron CD, Lighten-ing, was released in 2013, also produced by Bitch, with the film Thunder (by Bitch and Billie Jo Cavallaro) packaged as a two-disc set.

Ferron also teaches master classes in writing and has opened an artist retreat for women in Three Rivers, Michigan, called "The Fen Peace and Poetry Camp for Women." For Ferron, "artistic expression is not only essential, it’s revolutionary." "Art is really the expression of the soul," Ferron says. "I'm asking women to remember that if we remember our soul, we keep our soul, and we can do it through artistic connections. Art is connected to the soul, and the soul is connected to God, and God is connected to humility, so if you want to take control of a person's soul, don't let them have art. To me it's a revolutionary act to continue keeping your artist soul alive.”

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’s 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 that she also created and produced; The Gayest Show Ever, co-created, co-produced and hosted by Elvira which won 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 comedy festivals in Halifax and Winnipeg to her own comedy specials airing on Comedy Central, HBO, Showtime, E!, and Bravo, there’s definitely something for everyone. On MTV’s Logo Elvira headlines One Night Stand-Up from Washington D.C. and hosts First Comes Love and Cruising The Caribbean with Olivia. On CBC’s The Second City’s Search For The 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 is featured in several comedy films like 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 U.S. College Comedian and Entertainer of the Year.

Want more? Just turn on the radio. Besides her stint as a panelist on CBC Radio’s As It Happens or as a regular on The Debaters, Elvira passionately skewers pop culture each and every week on CBC Radio One, PRI and Bold TV’s number one hit show, Q with Jian Ghomeshi.

If it seems that Elvira’s tireless work ethic is an indication of deep seated neuroses, don’t worry, she knows. And she continues to thank, as well as blame, her mother.

Michele Balan

Michele Balan is a classy woman with attitude. Sometimes the class has to move over for the attitude. She was a finalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, and titleholder of "Last Woman Comic Standing." Michele was voted one of the “Top 10 Comics” by Backstage Magazine. The San Francisco Bay Times also placed her on their national Top 10 and Broadway World honored Michele at number two in their Top 10 List of cabaret performers.

Michele headlines around the country at top comedy clubs, festivals such as Montreal’s “Just for Laughs,” corporate events, JCCs, country clubs, on cruises, and more! She is appropriate for all audiences...well, maybe not children's parties! She is a recurring performer on The Joy Behar Show, and has numerous appearances on HBO, Showtime, Comedy Central, Byron Allen's Comics Unleashed, and E!. Along with her stand-up, Michele writes for many well-known comedians and is a contributor to a variety of magazines.

Often told she was naturally funny, this Brooklyn native left a high-paying executive position at a computer company to pursue comedy and has been performing ever since.

What people say...
"Dynamite" - Cindy Adams The NY POST

"As part of the Nantucket Comedy festival, Balan had the full house in stitches." - Nantucket Mirror

"Michele Balan is on a roll, there is no stopping her!" - The Friars Club

"You know what I dislike about stand-up comedy—there’s too much standing.” - Michele Balan


Karen Williams

Karen Williams is one of today's hottest comedy stars -- with an awesome personality, stunning good looks, and a sterling reputation for delivering laughs each and every time! She 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 delights fan-filled audiences from San Francisco to South Beach to Sydney. An international comic favorite - who showcased her talents at the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal several times - Karen Williams is a star entertainer and headliner with Olivia Cruises and Resorts, where she's garnered some 150 laugh-filled trips around the globe!

Karen is a featured comic in "We're Funny That Way," the hilarious, internationally-acclaimed film shot at Buddies in Bad Times in Toronto and shown regularly on HBO. She was also 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 sharpened her comedy teeth as a ghostwriter at Columbia Pictures. Her 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 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 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 to compete at IMTA (International Model and Talent Agency) Conventions in New York and Los Angeles.

Her hilarious one-hour solo comedy special “I NEED A SNACK” -- filmed live at The Knitting Factory in Hollywood -- aired regularly on LOGO TV and is available on DVD. “LAUGHING MATTERS” is an award-winning documentary film showcasing Karen's star quality and highlights her social activism.

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."


Like Adele meets Diana Krall meets Bette Midler.

Sassy. Smooth. Intoxicating.

Pop/Jazz/Blues artist Suede plays piano, trumpet and guitar but voice is her first instrument and entertaining is clearly her first love. She is a consummate entertainer and song stylist among the likes of Michael Buble and co., with a little Chris Botti tossed in too. One part Rat Pack and one part Rosie Clooney. Think classic pop/jazz. Think steamy blues with a sizzling trumpet. Think love songs that’ll make you swoon. Think funny. Think wow, what pipes!

To celebrate her 25th anniversary as an independent artist on her own label, Easily Suede Music, Suede realized a lifelong dream of recording with her own big band. "Dangerous Mood" was recorded in the prestigious (Tony) Bennett Studios and released to rave reviews far and wide. Her recording of Roxanna Ward’s "Remember Who You Are" is on HRC's compilation CD "Being Out Rocks" and was featured on "The Young and The Restless." Her recording of "Emily Remembers," also from her CD "On the Day We Met," was named number one song of the year on WJZW radio in Washington, DC and has garnered national radio airplay as well as two OutMusic awards. Suede is heard regularly on NPR radio as well. Her DVD "Suede, Live at Scullers Jazz Club" is currently aired on PBS stations nationwide.

Always touring nationally and internationally with some iteration of her New York based bands, from trio all the way up to her 12 piece 'Dangerous Big Band' she plays all the best rooms, from The Kennedy Center to LA's Ford Amphitheatre; San Francisco's Rrazz Room to New York's Town Hall; Scottsdale's Center for the Arts to Cincinnati's Aronoff Center; Denver's Mercury Cafe to St. Louis' Sheldon Hall and beyond. She is proud to be an Olivia artist veteran and has likely played well over 75 trips at the time of this writing.

"Wicked exciting."

- Boston Globe

"A great voice, even better enthusiasm, and an almost giddy delight at entertaining audiences that if bottled would make every anti-depressant on the market obsolete."

- Steppin' Out Arts, NYC

"A spectacular evening of song and style."

- New York Times

"Thank you for the most incredible night of my life!"

- Bea Arthur, from Suede’s audience

Julie Wolf

Julie Wolf is a multi-instrumentalist, record producer, composer, sound designer, teacher and music director. She has appeared on stages around the world and on numerous critically acclaimed recordings. She has collaborated with Carly Simon, Indigo Girls, Ani DiFranco, Maceo Parker, Bruce Cockburn, and Amy Ray among many others. On the collaborative front, Julie recently had the honor of recording a duet with Carly Simon for the 2012 release of Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan - Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International. She has music directed with Berkeley Repertory Theatre, California Shakespeare Theater, and most recently worked with Actors Theatre of Louisville on Girlfriend, a musical written by Todd Almond, directed by Les Waters and featuring the music of Matthew Sweet. Her original music for the 2009 documentary Sweet Crude was nominated for Best Original Score at the Maverick Movie Awards and received special mention in Variety.

At home in the Bay Area, Julie is a part of a vibrant creative community that includes musicians, dancers, choreographers, poets, filmmakers, actors, directors, writers, teachers, healers and activists. She runs Sonic Wolf Productions, a music house specializing in composing for film and moving images, sound design, music editing and record producing. Sonic Wolf Productions is housed in the legendary Saul Zaentz Media Center in Berkeley, CA, as is Fantasy Studios where Julie is an in-house record producer. Recent producing credits include Gina Breedlove’s Language of Light, Eve Decker’s Simple Truth, Lisa Ferraro and Erika Luckett’s Leaning Toward the Good, Marca Cassity’s Songs From the Well, and a yet-to-be-titled record by Brooklyn songwriter Rachel Friedman. Upcoming projects include composing music for filmmaker Sandra Salas’ upcoming feature length documentary Recovering Irma (which has just been named a recipient of the 2014 Sundance Documentary Fund), producing recordings for multiple artists in 2014 and a commissioned original score and sound design for the Sarah Bush Dance Project’s upcoming piece called Rocked by Women, to be performed in May 2014. Julie also teaches music clinics, workshops and private students.

She’s here with us on Olivia giving some rare solo performances from behind the piano.

DJ Eclat

DJ Christie James

“Music is the answer to your problems. Keep on moving then you can solve them. If you feel that you can't take no more and your feet are heading for the door, then keep on dancing and prancing.” – Danny Tenaglia

Growing up in the Bay Area DJ Christie James knew from a young age that those words were true. It wasn't until her first duty station in the Navy did she realize just how much music moved her. Stationed on the east coast she yearned for the same Bay Area club music scene that she was missing from home so she decided to create it on her own. Armed with two turntables, a fierce will, and the love of all music she honed her skills in the Navy barracks – where she became a member of the Presidential Honor Guard during the day and a struggling DJ at night. The late nights and practice paid off. Christie has not only established herself as a versatile club DJ but as a successful radio personality. Christie can be heard mornings in the San Francisco Bay Area as co-host of the Renel and Christie In The Morning Show, in the Central Valley on MEGA 100.1 "Christie In The Morning" and on Clear Channel's I Heart Radio / HD Pride Radio Station from 10p-2a EST. Christie has rocked the crowds from East Coast to West Coast and overseas in Sardinia, Italy. Whether she is spinning the hottest club cuts and old school grooves or entertaining the masses over the air, Christie is guaranteed to get the party started with any crowd, any venue, anywhere! It's time to dance!

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