Since writing her first number 1 hit “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” at 17, King has arguably become one of the most celebrated and iconic singer/songwriters of all time. In a first for a female writer/artist, her 1971 solo album Tapestry spawned four GRAMMY Awards®, selling more than 25 million units worldwide while remaining the best-selling album by a female artist for a quarter century.
King has been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and is a recipient of the National Academy of Songwriters’ Lifetime Achievement Award, Johnny Mercer Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Trustees Award from The Recording Academy®, BMI Icon Award, Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award, MusiCares Person Of The Year, and Kennedy Center Honors.
In 2012 King became the first woman to be awarded The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, presented by President Barack Obama at an all-star White House gala. Her memoir, A Natural Woman, debuted on The New York Times best-seller list and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical opened on Broadway in 2014, ultimately winning a GRAMMY® for Best Musical Theater Album, two Tony awards, and two Olivier Awards.
author of The Vagina Monologues
The Tony Award-winning playwright, performer, and activist, is the author of The Vagina Monologues, translated into over 48 languages, performed in over 140 countries, including sold-out runs at both Off-Broadway’s Westside Theater and on London’s West End. The play ran for over 10 years in the U.K., Mexico and France.
In 2004, Ensler performed her play The Good Body on Broadway, followed by a 20-city national tour. Emotional Creature ran in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Paris, Berkeley and New York throughout 2011. In 2015, O.P.C. had its world premiere at the American Repertory Theater and in 2016, Avocado debuted at the West Yorkshire Playhouse and became part of The Fruit Trilogy, which had a run at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. In 2016, Ensler adapted and premiered her memoir In the Body of the World, which she performed at the American Repertory Theater directed by Diane Paulus. In January 2018, she will perform the play at the Manhattan Theatre Club in New York City. (Photo credit: Brigitte Lacombe)
Tig Notaro is a comedian, actor and writer originally from Mississippi, who Rolling Stone named one of the 50 best stand-up comics of all time. Tig writes, produces and stars in the semi-autobiographical Amazon series, One Mississippi. Season 1 yielded several nominations including - WGA, GLAAD and The Critic’s Choice Awards. Tig was also nominated for an Emmy as well as a Grammy for her 2016 HBO special Boyish Girl Interrupted, a GLAAD Award nomination for the Netflix Original Documentary Tig, and her memoir I’m Just a Person is a New York Times Bestseller.
In 2013, Tig was nominated for a Grammy Award for her sophomore release, Live, which sold over 100,000 units in just six weeks. Live is a stand-up set delivered just days after Tig was diagnosed with invasive bilateral breast cancer, of which she is now in remission. Tig remains a favorite on late night talk shows, public radio, tours around the world regularly and most recently sold out Carnegie Hall. In her time off, Tig enjoys bird watching with her wife Stephanie, their twin sons and cat Fluff, at home in Los Angeles. tignotaro.com facebook.com/tignotarocomedy
Cameron Esposito & Rhea Butcher
Recently named one of this year’s “10 Comics to Watch” by Variety Magazine, Cameron Esposito has been called "One of the most exciting young stand-ups” by Entertainment Weekly, and has appeared on CONAN (TBS), Last Call with Carson Daly (NBC), @midnight (Comedy Central), Maron (IFC), Adventure Time (Cartoon Network) and a recurring panelist position on E's Chelsea Lately.
Her comedy series, “Take My Wife,” in which she stars alongside her real-life wife Rhea Butcher, premiered last month to much acclaim on NBC’s new subscription based platform, Seeso. This series followed Esposito’s one hour comedy special, “Marriage Material,” which premiered on the streaming site in March.
This year on the big screen, Esposito appeared in the indies “First Girl I loved,” “Operator,” and “Sleight,” as well as the Gary Marshall film “Mother’s Day” opposite Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis.
Cameron's #1 on iTunes standup album, Same Sex Symbol - released in fall '14 on venerated indie label Kill Rock Stars - was named a Best of 2014 Comedy Album by The AV Club. She was named one of 2014's Comedians of the Year by Paste Magazine, an Artist to Watch in 2015 by Los Angeles Magazine and Comedian of the Year for 2014 by Consequence of Sound. Cameron also has a digital series, called “She Said,” on Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls website.
"One of the most exciting young stand-ups” according to EW, Cameron hosts her own standup show, Put Your Hands Together, every Tuesday night at the famed Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles. Named a “Comic to Watch” by LA Weekly, Time Out Los Angeles, and Cosmopolitan Magazine, Cameron has been firmly cemented as one of pop culture's most visible and beloved young LGBT activists and advocates.
As a writer, Cameron's work has been featured on VICE and The Advocate, and she maintains a bi-weekly column on her life as a standup comic for The AV Club. She is currently working on her first book which will be published by Grand Central Publishing and a scripted show for FX with “You’re the Worst” creator, Stephen Falk.
Dana Goldberg began her comedy career in 2003, performing in a sold-out theater in her hometown of Albuquerque, NM. Through performances at the Fringe Festival (Scotland), Wendy’s Good Taste Comedy Challenge (Las Vegas), and Comedy Hour at Caroline’s on Broadway (New York), Dana’s quick wit and insightful observations cultivated a fanbase that spans the country and globe. She has been recognized by Curve magazine as one of the “Top Five Funniest Lesbians in America” and listed by The Advocate as one of the nation’s top three LGBT comedians.
Dana has shared the stage with luminaries such as Barack Obama, Meryl Streep, Katy Perry, and Sir Elton John. She stars in her DVD Hot and Bothered and her CD Crossing the Line, and is the producer and creator of the Annual Southwest Funnyfest. Through her philanthropic efforts, Dana has raised over five million dollars for non-profits around the country. She currently headlines world-famous clubs, hosts nationally-recognized galas, and auctioneers at charitable events across the country.