International Institute of Humor and Healing Arts • HaHA Institute

About the International Institute of Humor and Healing Arts (HaHA Institute)

HaHA Institute is the brainchild of internationally acclaimed and nationally-known stand-up comic, humor educator, and motivational speaker Karen Williams, whose background includes over twenty years of theatrical training, improvisational comedy, dance and movement, psychodrama, metaphysical studies and active parenting, as well as forty years of Buddhist practice.

The mission of HaHA Institute is to encourage the fullest and highest activation of human potential for compassion, wisdom, and life force through the daily use of humor and healing arts, which includes stress management, nutrition, exercise, massage and healing touch, aromatherapy, and spiritual practices.

About Karen Williams 

Karen Williams, M.Ed is a nationally-known and internationally acclaimed stand-up comic with a professional career spanning 35 years. Karen is the Founder and CEO of the International Institute of Humor and Healing Arts ~ HaHA Institute, the go-to resource for humor education programs. Karen taught a Senior Seminar in Stand-Up Comedy at Cleveland State University; studied improv at Second City Chicago; and directed inaugural classes at Second City in Cleveland. She is a certified diversity trainer for the State of California Board of Corrections, and a sought-after motivational speaker. Karen continues to perform comedy worldwide and is excited to offer comedy classes to Clevelanders in the dynamic Gordon Square neighborhood at the beautiful new LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland, home of HaHA Institute.

About HaHA Institute Comedy Classes

These comedy classes will focus on humor that is socially conscious, personally empowering, politically enlightening, intellectually stimulating, environmentally relevant, and in some cases, workplace appropriate. We intend to challenge the American tradition of "put-down humor" and to explore our common shared experiences and human frailties as comedy fodder. Participants interested in creating stand-up comedy routines, public speaking training, overcoming stage fright, and effective team-building are encouraged to take the entire six week series with professional comic, writer, humorist and diversity trainer Karen William.

Upcoming Events

Conscious Comedy Classes

Tuesdays from 6pm - 7:30pm:
February 11, 18, and 25
March 3, 10, and 17

$20 each or $100 for 6 •  Use paypal.me/hahainstitute or pay 10 minutes before class starts

Class Performance and Comedy Showcase
Friday, March 20, 2020
6pm - 8pm

Tickets: $10  http://paypal.me/hahainstitute

Classes will be held in the HaHA Institute Office at the
LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland
6705 Detroit Avenue
Cleveland 44102

Contact 216-548-0197 or [email protected] for more details!




6705 Detroit Ave.

Cleveland, Ohio 44102


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Sunday: Closed

Monday: 10am - 8pm

Tuesday: 10am - 6pm

Wednesday: 10am - 8pm

Thursday: 10am - 8pm

Friday: 10am - 8pm

Saturday: Closed


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