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Diana Nyad

In 1979, Diana Nyad stroked her way to the longest swim in history, for both men and women. The distance was 102.5 miles–from the island of Bimini to the Florida shore–and that incredible record still stands today. Diana was front page news throughout the Western world, the lead story for Walter Cronkite on the CBS Evening News, and many times guest of The Tonight Show. For ten years (1969-1979) Diana was the greatest long-distance swimmer in the world. She broke numerous world records, including the 50-year-old mark for circling Manhattan Island (7hrs., 57 min.) in 1975. In 2006, Martina Navratilova served to induct her friend Diana into the International Women’s Sports Hall of Fame. As a journalist, Diana is heard by eight million people each week on National Public Radio. She is a columnist each Thursday on Los Angeles KCRW’s edition of “All Things Considered”. Diana has also carved herself an illustrious 30-year career as a sports television personality, working on camera for ABC’s Wide World of Sports, FOX SPORTS, the Outdoor Life Network, and CBS Sunday Morning. She has also written three books (Other Shores, Basic Training for Women, The Boss of Me) and speaks three foreign languages fluently.

Gina Yashere

Gina broke onto the American comedy scene with her performances on Last Comic Standing, where she made it to the final 10. She is known for her regular, hilarious appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno as Madame Yashere, The Surly Psychic.

Three-time award winner for “Best Female” at the Black Comedy Awards, Gina’s bombastic delivery, infectious personality and cheeky observations have wowed audiences all over the world. She was named one of the top ten rising comedy talents by The Hollywood Reporter.

Gina hails from London via Nigeria and shoots from the hip. Her unique take on being both a cultural insider and outsider never fails to raise the roof. Following an early career as a Lift Engineer, Gina made her comedy debut at the Edinburgh Festival in 1995 to an almost sold out show.

Since those early heady days, Gina has continued to take the comedy world by storm and is now one of the most highly sought after comics in the UK and the US. Some of her TV appearances have included her one-hour comedy special Skinny B*tch, Are We There Yet, Stand Up in Stilettos, The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, Last Comic Standing, Chelsea Lately, Def Comedy Jam and The Celebrity Fame Academy. Gina also played a series regular on the UK series Married, Single, Other.

Her radio shows have ranged from her BBC Radio London show to the critically acclaimed radio sketch show, The Powder Room. Feature films have included Kiss Kiss and Mr. In Between. She has appeared on the West-End stage in The Vagina Monologues and has written several plays for BBC Radio 4 and sketches for Richard Blackwood’s Channel 4 series. She has performed in the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal and Toronto and The Comedy Festival in Las Vegas.

Gina currently resides in Los Angeles and tours non-stop around the world.

Sandra Valls

Sandra Valls is a brash, high energy, smart, outrageously funny, Latina comic… and then some! Voted by Latina Magazine as one of the Top 33 Bad Ass Comics with Latin Roots, Sandra will make you laugh till your face hurts with her frank, no holds barred funny stuff.

Sandra ignites the stage with powerful, electric performances in 2 Showtime hit comedy specials, THE LATIN DIVAS OF COMEDY (nominated for an Alma Award) and PRIDE: LGBT COMEDY SLAM! , hosted by Bruce Vilanch (both available for viewing now on Hulu.com). In a time when gays and lesbians in the United States are still struggling and fighting for equality, Sandra Valls unapologetically takes the road less travelled, celebrates her sexuality, and steps up to the front lines entertaining and educating folks through laughter and plenty of PRIDE! So it comes as no surprise that she was voted one of Curve Magazine’s Top 10 funniest lesbian comics and Top 10 faces to watch in 2010 by Diva Magazine.

Her other television credits include NickMom Night Out (Nickelodeon), Outlaugh Festival, One Night Stand Up (LOGO), Comic’s Unleashed with Byron Allen (ABC), Habla! (HBO), Que Locos (Galavision), Funny is Funny, Latino 101 (Sitv), BET’s Comic View and countless other tv spots including MTV3’s Quiero mis Quince, Wanna be Latinos and Top Tr3ce, Mun2 Comedy Documentary and I love Jenny!

Sandra’s hosting credits include La Femme Film Awards (4 years in a row), Power UP 10 Amazing Gay Women and Men Gala, and GLAAD Awards, to name a few. From hosting to touring with the Latin Divas and Queer Queens of Qomedy to sharing the stage with Eva Longoria at the HBO Comedy Festival, Sandra still finds time to give back to the community by volunteering and producing comedy shows for various causes including benefits/fundraisers for Aids, sobriety, domestic violence and LGBT rights.

Always an activist of human rights, Sandra was just recently honored in her hometown of Laredo with the 2013 International Woman’s Day Award for being a trailblazer and empowering women and was chosen by Unidos-The National Latino LGBT Human Rights Organization to be part of their prestigious list for Project VISIBLE Latinos LGBT in the USA and Puerto Rico: Out in Leadership. GLAAD has honored Sandra’s work at Mun2 with a Special Recognition Award for her groundbreaking achievements in production for promoting fair and accurate representation of the LGBT community in English-speaking Latino television including benefits/fundraisers for Aids, sobriety, domestic violence and LGBT rights.

Furthermore, The California Senate presented Sandra with a Certificate of Recognition for her relentless support of people in recovery in the LGBT community as exemplified by her leadership in producing “One Gay at a Time", a comedy show that celebrates people in recovery.

Sandra is also an actor, singer, and a published author. Pick up your copy of Out on the Edge: America’s Rebel Comics and read all about what it’s like to be a lesbian and a woman of color in the comedy world!

Mimi Gonzalez

Mimi Gonzalez is a driven comedian who takes the audience on a wild ride from the profound to the profane. Bawdy, naughty and political, her ferocious idealism of inclusion has been embraced by colleges, Prides, comedy clubs, resorts, festivals, cruises and even battlefields.

”Funny, sexy, sharp, positive...a great ambassador of sexual tolerance. Mimi Gonzalez is a comic, life-affirming force.”
—Provincetown Magazine

”Side-splitting...a strong, high-spirited comic. Great observational material...feminist material both funny and accessible to every one in her audience. One of ten stand-out stand ups in New York City.”
—Backstage Magazine NY

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”. Mimi was once even a morning-show co-host on New York’s WPYX.

Judy Gold

Emmy award-winning actress and comedian, Judy Gold is best known as the star of her two critically acclaimed long-running Off Broadway hit shows. Judy’s most recent show, The Judy Show – My Life As A Sitcom ran in 2011/12 at The D-R-2 Theater in New York and will be part of 2013 season at The Geffen Theatre. The NY Times made it a critic’s pick and called it, “Highly entertaining! Brash, buoyant & infectiously nostalgic.” The Huffington Post said the show is, “Comedic Gold. A funny & fantastic ride! It’s the ultimate laughter-through-the tears tale.”

Judy was nominated for the 2012 Outer Critics Circle Award for The Judy Show, as well as a 2006 Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Solo Performance for her previous show, 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother. In addition, the show won the 2007 GLAAD award for “Outstanding New York Theater.” The New York Times called this one-woman show “fiercely funny, honest and moving." A book based on the show was nominated for the prestigious Quill Award.

Judy will be seen on The Food Network’s Celebrity Chopped this spring. Judy recently appeared on 30 Rock, has co-hosted The Anderson Cooper Show, and is a guest star in the upcoming series finale of Showtime’s The Big C. Judy is the host of Nick’s new comedy show, NickMom Night Out and she appears frequently on The Wendy Williams Show. Judy has been in the cast of Nora & Delia Ephron’s Off-Broadway play, “Love, Loss and What I Wore.” Gold can be seen regularly on Tru TV Presents World’s Dumbest. She has guest-hosted ABC’s The View, where she appears regularly along with Current TV’s Say Anything with Joy Behar for which she has also guest-hosted. Judy has recently appeared on TFN’s The Next Food Network Star and on TLC’s The Next Great Baker. Judy hosts a monthly radio show on Sirius/XM called Hatched by Two Chicks. Judy is also the host of the Funny People series at the 92nd St. Y, and is a frequent contributor to The Moth. Judy has appeared on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, The Dr. Oz Show and starred in an episode “The Glades” on A&E and “Are We There Yet?” on TBS. She was the host of HBO’s At the Multiplex with Judy Gold from 1999 – 2009; she also hosted Comedy Central's100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time and the GLAAD MEDIA AWARDS, which aired on LOGO and VH1. Her TV specials include a half-hour comedy special for LOGO and she is featured in the HBO documentary, All Aboard. Her stand-up specials include Comedy Central Presents: Judy Gold, Comedy Central’s Tough Crowd Stands Up, and Judy’s HBO half-hour special, which received a Cable Ace Award. Gold was seen in the smash hit film The Aristocrats and the documentaries Making Trouble and I am Comic.

Gold won two Emmy awards for writing and producing The Rosie O’Donnell Show. She was nominated twice for The American Comedy Award’s funniest female stand-up. Judy has written for Wondertime Magazine, Momlogic.com and The Advocate. Gold is an instructor at ESPA Primary Stages where she teaches Solo Performance.

She has also appeared on Ugly Betty, Law & Order, Law & Order SVU, Hollywood Squares, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and The Conan O'Brien Show to name a few.

Gold lives in New York City with her two children. She frequently tours theatres and comedy clubs around the country. Her CD, Judith’s Roommate Had a Baby is currently available.

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C. C. Carter

C.C. Carter is a seasoned Chicago Slammer and performance poet who brings the house down whether performing to an intimate crowd of 10 or in a public arena of 10,000. Her poetry and performances make her one of the few spoken word artists to showcase regularly at women’s music festivals including the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival, National Womyn’s Music Festival, and Sistahfest as well as garnering her opening credits for Nikki Giovanni, Maya Angelou, Cheryl Clarke and Dorothy Allison. Her one woman show, Living Large In a Shrinking America – sold out all three shows in Provincetown during women’s week; critics deemed it “hilariously funny and perfectly timed.”

Whether giving keynote performances on the complexities of the Marriage Equality act, performing at human rights rallies or presenting performance lectures on college and university campuses of the intersections of diversity, C.C. gives voice to her layered truths of being femme, lesbian, multicultural and a mother.

C.C. has received numerous awards and honors for her arts and activism, including the induction into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame. Her work is currently anthologized in over 15 collections of poetry and prose including Best Lesbian Erotica, Best Black Women's Erotica, Does Your Mama Know and Women Warriors: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Revolution.

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