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Alicia is the creator and host of The Spiritual Comedy Festival, and online event bringing together comedians with a sense of humor and spiritual teachers with a sense of humor, sharing what's funny and beautiful about being human.
Ms. Dattner started dreaming of being a comedian at the age of eight-and "wasted" ten years "growing up" before she finally started performing at age 18. She graduated from Hampshire College with a degree in standup comedy-yes, comedy.
Mentored by several talented comedians over the years, Eugene Mirman (Flight of the Conchords), W. Kamau Bell (HBO, FX), and Bill Santiago (Comedy Central), she's been knocking audiences out (not literally) at clubs like The Improv and Gotham Comedy Club, in San Francisco, New York, Hollywood, Bombay, Chennai, and London.
After a dozen years of doing standup comedy, she's been racking up awards for her humorous, insightful one-woman shows. Sold-out hit shows and extended runs have garnered her shows "Best Storyteller" -Off-Broadway NY Solo Festival, "Best of the Fringe" "Best Female Solo Show", -SF Fringe Festival, "Best Comedian" -East Bay Express and more. The SF Guardian called her "Goofy, messy, and fun!" The LA Theater Review says she's "Charming, likable, and funny!"
"I laughed till I cried. Brilliant writing and performing. She belongs on Letterman. Come see her so you can say you saw her before she was famous!" -Marsha Stevens
"Unbelievably genius. Very helpful for me in many ways, especially spiritually. I was amazed at every single line - her timing, acting, nuanced humor, profound points, the FACES she made! Easily as good as Eddie Izzard." -Katie Darling
Alicia studied with Rob Reece of the Actor's Studio for four years in his Diamond Heart Approach Method Acting Workshop. She is a graduate of The Arete Experience, The Spirit of Life Institute, the Authentic Woman Experience, Insight Seminars, Vipassana Mediation, and Sivananda Ashram courses. She trained to be a life coach and workshop leader in the year-long immersive Transformational Course Leader Training (TCLT) with Guy Sengstock. Alicia has also been schooled in Family Constellations work with a student of Constellations founder Bert Hellinger, in metaphysical guided meditation, Laughter Yoga, Access Consciousness Bars, Emotional Freedom Technique, and the Sedona Method, and incorporates all of this wisdom into her one-on-one spiritually guided coaching process and workshops.