LIVE 11/19/15 5pm EASTERN: I talk with humorist/author/speaker Karith Foster! She’s a powerhouse who has made her mark in a number of different areas–and all with humor and grace and strength. Tune in live to hear our interview or download it later on itunes.-Heidi Durrow
Karith Foster exemplifies the best traits of a new millennium woman. She is a politely independent, intellectually optimistic woman with sense of duty, service and a riotous sense of humor. The words “no” and “impossible” are not in her vocabulary as evidenced by her career path, life challenges, chosen adventures and desire to help others. Karith is a humorist, a speaker, a TV & radio personality, an actress, an author, an entrepreneur, a wife, and a mother. Karith is also a Diversity Engagement Specialist who is impacting lives at academic institutions and corporations across America in a time when humor, understanding, acceptance and respect is so desperately needed.
She gets nothing but pure joy knowing her story and words inspire others to create and live life to its fullest while conveying the idea that we all are limitless. Even though she is young Karith Foster has the experiences of several lifetimes.
From growing up being the only African-American person in any of her classes (including college) to attending an historical women’s institution (Stephens College) and studying abroad at Oxford University Karith continued her unique path by leaving the comforts and safety of home for the unknowns of life in New York City. In doing so she found herself in the same room with Barbara Walters during production meetings for the hit ABC show “The View”; working in a Fortune 500 cosmetics company where she headed and ran the national Tuition Reimbursement Program and pursuing a career in stand-up comedy and professional speaking that has had her gracing stages of the famous Apollo Theatre, the United Nations and prestigious universities including her alma mater and Stanford University.
While one of her most public positions came when she was a co-host on the nationally syndicated airwaves with Don Imus on “Imus in the Morning.” Karith has been seen and heard all over national radio and television for years. Highlights include creating and producing her own show for Sirius/XM—“Karith Foster- America’s Girlfriend”, Skyping in with Oprah Winfrey and making her official comedy debut on Comedy Central. She’s also been on VH-1’s “Best Week Ever”, BRAVO, NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” the “Today Show” and MSNBC’s TV show “Caught on Camera.” She even appeared 9 months pregnant on TV Guide Channel’s “Stand-Up in Stilettoes.” Karith most recently made her first LIVE comedy appearance on AXS TV’s Gotham Comedy LIVE. Her comedy CDs “Karith Foster: Straight Outta Plano” and “Bless Your Heart…You’re Special” are currently in rotation on Sirius/XM’s Comedy Channels.
Toted as one of the hottest comedians to come out of New York City by both The Hollywood Reporter and Backstage Magazine who named her one of the “Top 10 Comics to Watch” she is the creator of Laughter Bootcamp™ and the humorous diversity program Stereotyped 101™ for colleges, universities and corporations and empowerment programs You Are E.N.O.U.G.H. ™ and You Can Be Perfect Or You Can Be Happy™.
Karith has authored two books, “Laugh Your Way to Happiness: 101 Ways to Have a Great Laugh” and the children’s book “Lealah Finds Love.” Karith writes for the Huffington Post and is creator of the humorous blog “Diary of a Pregnant Comedian.”