Suzanne Westenhoefer

As a child in Pennsylvania, Suzannne Westenhoefer always loved being the center of attention, so she naturally gravitated to acting school. After graduating from college, the pretty blonde moved to New York City and immediately found work—as a bartender. On a dare she entered a comedy contest at a popular cabaret in the West Village and won first prize. 

Suzanne started doing stand-up as an openly gay comedian, performing in mainstream comedy clubs as a sort of “lesbian Barbie.”

In 1991, she appeared on a groundbreaking episode of the Sally Jesse Raphael show called, "Breaking the Lesbian Stereotype…Lesbians Who Don't Look Like Lesbians." Says, Suzanne, "I still get mail from people who tell me how that show changed their lives. It changed mine too."

Her television credits include “Late Show with David Letterman” (2003) and Comedy Central, Evening at the Improv, Caroline's Comedy Hour and Politically Incorrect. Suzanne continues to perform more than 100 live comedy concerts a year on stages across the country. Her current show plays to sell out crowds, repeating the success of numerous past shows including, “Tour de Femme” and “Banned in Pittsburgh.”

Her HBO comedy special, the first by an openly gay comic, was nominated for a Cable Ace award. Suzanne's CD, “Nothing in My Closet But Clothes” is a best-seller and won the GLAMA award for best comedy CD in 1999. Her CD “I'm Not Cindy Brady,” has also won acclaim as best comedy CD of the year from GLAMA (Gay and Lesbian American Music Award).

In-between shows and being on the road, Suzanne has acted in independent films, co- hosted fundraisers (Project Angle Food) with Eric McCormack (“Will & Grace”), hosted and headlined at the Montreal Comedy Festival, and appeared on HBO's “Arli$$.” Suzanne was nominated for the prestigious GLAAD media award for best Los Angeles theatrical production (a first for stand-up).

Raised in the Pennsylvania Amish country, the youngest of three sisters, Suzanne now divides her time between Los Angeles and Columbus, OH.

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