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She started out as an opera singer, winning the prestigious Metropolitan Opera Auditions on the West Coast. Unable to keep a straight face with opera, she wrote a stand up act and decided to get into the comedy world. While at world famous Comedy Store in Los Angeles, she developed a one-and-a-half woman show, Diva Takes a Dive, which she toured around the country.
Karen has written and performed musical theatre, comedy material, music and lyrics for several musicals, HBO Comedy Specials, Showtime, and nationally syndicated television. She has appeared and starred in many movies and television series. She has also written and composed for the Emmy Award-winning children's television show Zoobilee Zoo, in which she starred as a half human cockatoo with Ben Vereen.
Karen a proud member of The Dramatists Guild, National Board of Review, Actors’ Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. She is also the honored winner of Caroline’s Comedy Competition as “The Funniest Woman in America” and L.A. First Class as “The Best of the Best”!
Karen lives loves and laughs with her husband in New York City, and is currently developing a new rock 'n opera fusion musical inspired by her true story, Rock Me Mama.