Meet the team that adds funny and helps even the humor-impaired. With our consultation packages, Judy and her staff can help you create a speech to make your audience sit up and take notice, or an act that will have them rolled over in laughter.
Judy Carter, Goddess of Comedy
Author, speech coach, and comedy guru Judy Carter knows the power of personal stories and teaches how to use them to get laughs, connect with clients, promote businesses, and discover the message of you.
Carter started her career as a magician and later became a headlining standup comic. She’s been featured on over 100 TV shows and nominated for Atlantic City’s Entertainer of the Year. Her first book, “Standup Comedy: The Book” (Random House) was featured on the The Oprah Winfrey Show. After Oprah’s recommendation, Judy became an in-demand comedy coach, working with America’s top comics as well as teaching comedy in China, Australia, Sweden, Russia and Germany.
On a mission to help out humor-impaired corporate America, Carter’s keynotes have been the subject of Wall Street Journal articles and have thrilled attendees at many Fortune 500 companies including Fedex, Oracle, Proctor and Gamble, Johnson and Johnson, and Boeing, as well as hundreds of finance, healthcare and women's events.
When she’s not speaking, snowboarding, or scuba diving, Carter coaches speakers and comics in addition to writing books. She’s the author of The Comedy Bible (Simon & Schuster). Her latest book is The Message of You: Turn Your Life Story into a Money-Making Speaking Career (St. Martin’s Press, 2013), which teaches readers how to use their life stories as business tools, as well as to remind themselves of what they stand for and what their life purpose is. Carter is also a regular contributor to National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered.”
Her animals and spouse reside in Venice Beach, California, where they provide periodic accommodations to her.
General & Operations Director
While Judy may be the Goddess of Comedy, it takes her G.O.D. to oversee Comedy Workshops. Felicia started working at Comedy Workshops in 2012 following the completion of her Master's in Management degree from California State University, Los Angeles.
In her short time at Comedy Workshops she has taken the knowledge she has learned from Judy to transform her blog into the online magazine FelaRue. As Founder, Editor, and a writer, Felicia and her staff create original articles on the dynamics and repercussions of living in Los Angeles while dating, climbing the career ladder, and attempting to create real relationships in a fake town. FelaRue.com also contains ongoing literary submissions that include smutty stories.
Felicia is also the founder of Insiders' Los Angeles where you'll find her giving tourists the real Los Angeles experience with bar crawls that make you feel like a local with a red carpet twist.
SJ Hodges, Creative Consultant
SJ Hodges is a eight-time published playwright and novelist who completed her MFA in Dramatic Writing at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where she received the Harry Kondoleon Playwriting Award. She’s received a MacDowell Colony residency, a Jerome Fellowship and was a Fulbright nominee as well as a Center Theater Group Sherwood finalist. She has been the recipient of an NEA grant, a MN State Arts Board Career Opportunity Grant, a WV State Arts Grant and The Pilgrim Project Grant.
She won the 2008 LA Weekly Annual Theatre Award for Playwriting for her play How Cissy Grew which was published by Dramatic Publishing in July 2009. The play that launched her career, Old Woman Flying, debuted at The O’Neill Playwright’s Conference, won the Norfolk Southern Foundation New Play Contest, was a finalist for the Princess Grace and went on to production at Mill Mountain Theatre. She’s received three commissions for TYA plays, all of which have moved from production to publication with One Girl Drummer debuting in New York at City Lights Theatre and moving to a second production at the AATE/ATHE Conference.
In addition, SJ has worked as a film industry reporter for Interview magazine and as an interstitial writer for A&E’s popular Biography series. Her first novel, Party Favors co-authored with Nicole Sexton was purchased by Entendre Films with SJ attached as scribe. Four Feet Tall & Rising, a memoir written on behalf of Animal Planet’s “Pit Boss” Shorty Rossi was purchased by Random House and is on the shelves now. As a co-producer, her film Behind The Red Motel Door just debuted at The Rotterdam Film Festival.
Mimi Donaldson, Speech Coach
Mimi is a superstar in the speaking business, keynoting with celebrities for audiences of thousands. Her rare combination of sophisticated humor and solid content makes her one of America’s most popular funny females.
Mimi has created speeches for executives, celebrities, and entrepreneurs, including Betsy Myers, former senior official in the Clinton Administration, and then Executive Director at Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership at the Kennedy School of Government. Also, Dan Moriarty, national radio personality and sideline commentator for the L.A. Kings.
She was the “pitch coach” on ABC TV’s American Inventor, coaching the contestants to success persuading the judges and all of America. Mimi has been a visiting professor at Harvard University’s Center for Public Leadership at the Kennedy School of Government.
Before starting her speaking and coaching business, she was a Human Resources Specialist with Walt Disney Company, Northrop Aircraft, and Rockwell International. Mimi is a master of structure, so you won’t have to “wing it” and your audiences will be nodding and “taking it in” the whole time.
She is the author of three books: Negotiating for Dummies, selling almost 2 million copies and translated into 6 languages, Bless Your Stress: It Means You’re Still Alive! and Necessary Roughness: New Rules for the Contact Sport of Life.
Shannon Gettins, Comedy Coach
Shannon has been wowing audiences as a club and corporate comedienne for the past decade. Her raucous humor and sharp comedic insight won her top spot at the California Comedy Conference in 2006, and took her all the way to the finals of California’s Funniest Female in 2007. Her work has received critical acclaim, including a rave review in the Wall Street Journal online.
In 2005 Shannon began coaching at Judy Carter’s Comedy Workshops and two years later she launched Comedy Relief, teaching stand-up comedy and Improv to adults and teens all over Southern California. She is now the "Dean" and stand up teacher at Flappers University in Burbank, CA.
Shannon’s talents don’t just limit her to the stage; she regularly writes customized comedy material for comics, professional speakers, and CEO’s across the country.
Dean Lewis, Comedy Coach
Dean has appeared on Last Comic Standing “Season 5”, The Ellen Degeneres Show and he is the winner of the Wendy’s Clean Comedy Challenge. In 2007, Dean won an Emmy for Program Writing on the comedy show DFW 10. He has sold material to Jay Leno, and has opened for Julio Iglesias, The Doobie Brothers, Joan Jett and Willie Nelson. He is constantly performing at corporate events and headlining comedy clubs across the country, including Las Vegas and Los Angeles.
Dean has performed overseas in both Turkey and Greece. He has also appeared in commercials for Dr. Pepper and Nintendo. Besides starring in the independent movie Shtickmen, he also won Outstanding Achievement in Screen Writing for the film at VisionFest 03.
American Airlines, JC Penny, Zales, Mary Kay and Microsoft are just a few of the corporations Dean has performed for. (More references can be found at deanlewiscomedy.com.)
His material focuses on observations such as why marriage causes crime, ways to improve Nascar, and how bank tellers will get you robbed. There is something for everybody to relate to and enjoy.
Dean Lewis “…has a refreshing point of view that is always a crowd pleaser.” The Dallas Morning News.
Kris Searle, Creative Director
Besides managing events and overseeing tea time, Kris holds this crazy office together with his inspiring antics and blooming innovative ideas.
Kris is also a Grammy-considered musician and the founder of Inspire U Records.