Special Guest: SAG and Obie Award Winner LEA DeLARIA

LEA DELARIA seems to have achieved overnight stardom with her two time, SAG Award winning, stand-out role as ‘Carrie ‘Big Boo’ Black’ in the Netflix hit series “Orange is the New Black.” However, DeLaria’s multi- faceted career as a comedian, actress and jazz musician, has in fact, spanned decades. Lea holds the distinction of being …

Karen Williams

As a single lesbian mom living in Berkeley in the 1980s, Karen Williams started doing stand-up comedy “because it was something I could do that didn’t cost anything.” Known for her quick repartee, insightful commentary and audience rapport, Williams is a comic craftmaster, a gifted actor, a multitalented writer, and an inspirational lecturer.  Armed with …

Colin Mochrie, Kinley Mochrie and Deb McGrath

Colin Mochrie (Whose Line is it Anyway) and Deb McGrath (Little Mosque on the Prairie) have been supporting the We’re Funny That Way Festival with their generous appearances for so long we can’t actually remember how many festival galas they’ve done.  This year, they appear with their daughter Kinley, a student of Second City who …

MISS CONCEPTION

Miss Conception (Miss C for those of us who are lazy), is an overnight sensation that has been 19 years in the making. Selling out around the world with her one woman live singing shows that has audiences howling with laughter and leaping to their feet with applause. This international Female Delusionist® launches a new …

Carolyn Taylor

Carolyn Taylor is an award-winning writer, artist, actor and comedian. She is one of the co-creators, executive producers and stars of CBC/IFC’s Baroness von Sketch Show.  As showrunner for the first three seasons of Baroness, Carolyn was thrilled to see the team nominated for a total of 25 awards (CSA, CCA, ACTRA, DGC, ROCKIES), winning 12 Canadian …

KATE RIGG

Originally from Canada and Australia with an Asian mom and splash of Spanish KATE RIGG is a mixed race multicultural multilingual multi disciplinary New York based artist. She studied at the University of Toronto (2 Norma Epstein Creative Writing Awards), The University of Melbourne (BA Hons in Subcultures and Creative Writing; Experimental Writing Award) and …

Gavin Crawford

You probably know Gavin today as the host of CBC’s Because News.  But did you konw that Gavin was born at the ripe old age of 0 in Taber, Alberta?After graduating from the BFA Acting Program at the University of British Columbia, Gavin moved to Toronto where he quickly took the comedy scene by storm. …

LUCAS SILVEIRA

  Lucas Silveira is best known as the front man for the Canadian rock band, The Cliks. Silveira rose to fame in 2006 by becoming the first out of transgender man in history to be signed to a major label record deal with Warner Music/Tommy Boy Silver Label. The Cliks toured worldwide with Cyndi Lauper, …

BRANDON ASH MOHAMMED

Brandon Ash Mohammed is the founder of the all queer all POC Ethnic Rainbow show.  He just recorded his first comedy album making him the first black queer comic to record a comedy album. Brandon Ash-Mohammed. 3 names. 3 skills . Triple threat? Yes. Comedian, Writer, Beyonce. Award winning writer, actor, and Jann Arden karaoke …

CBC Searchlight 2020 Winner SHAWNEE

Singer and songwriter Shawnee is a Two Spirit music artist making music as medicine. She is the 2020 winner of the CBC Searchlight 2020 Competition. Billboard names her as an “Artist You Should Know” while MTV calls her their “Top Gender Bending Artist” As Shawnee uses music to empower and strengthen the same way it …