Judy Carter
Bestselling Author, Comedienne, Motivational Humorist

One of America’s top motivational humorists, Judy wields the “power of the punch line,” getting results both nationally and internationally with hilarious and empowering keynotes for government groups, professional associations, and Fortune 500 companies. Judy has shared stages with President Bill Clinton, Deepak Chopra, Lance Armstrong and Lily Tomlin, and has taken her “don’t get mad, get funny” philosophy to hundreds of Fortune 500 companies such as Boeing, FedEx, Roche, Blue Cross, and Pacific Bell—which found her “tell-it-like-it-is” (only funnier) approach advantageous when tackling sensitive issues like downsizing, layoffs, and dealing with diversity. Judy has also been hired by the U.S. government to speak and conduct workshops for the IRS, FICA, the United States Congress, and even the Army, Navy, and Air Force.  As an international speaker, Judy Carter has taken her fun and profound address to Australia, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, and beyond.


Judy’s Standup Comedy: The Book, which launched on The Oprah Winfrey Show, went on to sell over 80,000 copies and after twenty years is still ranked in the top twenty of Amazon’s comedy books. Her book, The Comedy Bible sold over 50,000 copies and is considered the definitive guide to making a career out of making people laugh; it was reviewed by The Washington Post as a “top ten all time comedy essential.” Judy’s book tour and signings took her to more than 25 different American cities and led to appearances on over 100 television shows and networks, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, CNN, ABC World News, BBC, CNNfn, Larry King Live, and on reality shows such as 10 Years Younger, Faking It, and Life Moments. She is also the winner of a Lambda Literary Award for Best Humor Book and a regular contributor to NPR’s All Things Considered with episodes that focus on speaking makeovers for the humor-challenged.


A graduate of USC’s theater program, Judy honed her comedy skills on stages from Caesar’s Palace to the Los Angeles Improv to become Atlantic City’s “Entertainer of the Year.” In addition to her comedic skills, Carter is a professional magician, and was the first women to perform at the prestigious close-up gallery at the Magic Castle in Hollywood. She wrote and starred in a musical, “The Goddess of Mystery” which was produced in Los Angeles and optioned by Warner Brothers television. Carter’s personal appearances include working as a regular at Caesar’s Palace (in Atlantic City), opening for both Prince and Kenny Loggins, and headlining at over 100 comedy clubs across the country.  She’s been on over 100 TV shows, as well as several television pilots and series for ABC, Warner Brothers, and Paramount Television. In 1984, Judy Carter formed Comedy Workshop Productions, which has trained some of America’s top comics; her former students include Sherri Shepard and Seth Rogen.


For 13 years, Carter produced the California Comedy Conference in Palm Springs where standup comics from all over the world gathered to take workshops with industry professionals that included agents, casting directors, and managers.

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The Message of YouTurn Your Life Story into a Money-Making Speaking Career

The Message of You helps you discover both your message and your comedic voice by taking you through the same process she uses to coach her private clients.

Communication - Can You Hear Me Now? Are you sick of watching from the sidelines as the people in your life repeat the same mistakes over and over again when you wish they would just LISTEN to your idea, your advice, your suggestion!? In this hysterical one-hour keynote, bestselling author and international comic Judy Carter shares the secrets of using stand-up techniques to get any audience to listen, laugh, chuckle, change and cherish your wisdom. Based on her new book, The Message of You, and seventeen years of comedy touring, Judy knows when things get dire, we can inspire by opening our hearts and sharing our life stories. Whether you’re addressing a conference room full of employees or sitting across the dinner table from your kids, Judy’s “mess to message” method will help you learn how to entertain, educate and enlighten any audience. This keynote is well-paired with Judy’s presentation skills workshop: “Walk In Serious, Walk Out Seriously Funny.”
1 Hour of Mascara-Running Clean Comedy Having a “women only” event? Judy’s no-holds-barred “been there, done that” approach has left them rolling in the aisles from Bakersfield to the Jersey Shore, and her material transcends generations. This show is an hour of sidesplitting humor with a unified message that women immediately get, and keep. Consumer Warning! Leave the men at home and experience a night you and the girls will be talking about for years to come. Waterproof Mascara Recommended.
Getting What You Want Before You Forget What It Is! Are you an expert in giving others what they want—your boss, your kids, your spouse—and still waiting for someone to ask you what you want? Do you still believe that someone will come into your life and give you what you want even though you don’t have a clue to what that is? Do you scale down what you want because you think that’s all you can achieve? Do you just have a sliver of cake in public and only eat exactly what you want when no one’s looking? Join Judy for an hour of sidesplitting humor where you just might learn how to get exactly what you want. Judy is that rare speaker who is laugh-out-loud funny yet has a thought-provoking message that resonates with everyone who hears it. As she says, “How do you know what you want—when the only one asking is the waiter?” Audiences love her insights about patty-cake (yes, patty-cake), about the differences between men and women, and why anyone (yes, anyone) can get what they want if they just start doing something differently starting today . . . not someday.
Business Keynotes Life and work are stressful—overwhelming deadlines, stacks of paperwork, communication breakdowns . . . and that’s just Monday. Judy illustrates the power of humor and teaches us how to turn problems into punch lines, resolve conflict and build camaraderie so everyone will walk away with tools they can use immediately. Her “Don’t get mad, get funny” philosophy inspires people to deal with issues such as downsizing and layoffs—not to mention that overflowing inbox—with a sense of humor, rather than a sense of desperation.

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Praise For Judy Carter

“The feedback was outstanding. . . . The highlight of the conference was you! Amazing keynote!”

“Judy Carter can show you how to make your sense of humor pay off!”
—Oprah Winfrey

“Your keynote address was perfect—inspiring and hilarious.”