MemConf - Kate Clinton

She's the Broad from Broadband to Broadway

Kate Clinton is one of America's best and brightest political comedians. This humorist/monologist's agenda includes political material as fresh as the daily news, savvy send-ups of modern family relationships and illuminating perspectives on life as a gay American. Kate's first book Don't Get Me Started was published by Ballantine in 1998. Based on past and present monologues, it's filled with thoughts both insightful and riotous. The audio companion was named ""One of 1998's Best Audiobooks"" by Publishers Weekly. In addition, she writes monthly columns for The Progressive and The Advocate in which she waxes by turns comical and philosophical about the state of our nation and those who have put us in such a state. She has written for the New York Times and George magazine among others. Kate served as a writer on The Rosie O'Donnell Show during its roll-out period in 1996.

When The Rapture did not materialize in 2000, Kate gratefully opened her tour of Y2K8.comedy at The Public Theater in New York. In 1999 Correct Me If I'm Right premiered off-Broadway at the Westbeth Theatre Center. The New York Times called it a ""terrific one-woman show."" Throughout 1996, Kate's show, All Het Up, toured cities across the country. In 1993, Kate's Out Is In, debuted in Los Angeles to rave reviews and then moved to New York where it enjoyed a 3-month run off-Broadway.

She has appeared on Good Morning America, Nightline, Entertainment Tonight, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, The Roseanne Show, The Arsenio Hall Show, Leeza and numerous news and talk shows on Comedy Central, Lifetime, Oxygen, MSNBC, CNN, and C-Span. She hosted In The Life, and The World According To Us. 

Kate has six comedy albums to her credit including Babes in Joyland, Comedy You Can Dance To and her most recent Read These Lips.

As an actress, humorist, panelist and host, Kate has worked with some of the great writers and performers of our time. Kate participated in a staged reading of Tony Kushner's play, SLAVS with Olympia Dukakis, Tracey Ullman and Madeline Kahn at the Walter Kerr Theatre in New York. Kate was a panelist in a public discussion "Satire in America" and hosted an evening at The Kennedy Center when Richard Pryor received the first-ever Mark Twain Award. At New York's 92nd St. Y she interviewed Calvin Trillin and Harry Shearer and took part in Leonard Lopate's Politics is Funny Business.

She emceed the amfAR Seasons of Hope event where Clive Davis, Michael Douglas and Billy Crystal presented awards to Quincy Jones, Sharon Stone and Robin Williams. At Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism she joined Dick Cavett, President Clinton's speechwriter MarkKatz and Moderator Ted Koppel for the Alfred I. duPont Forum Money, Humor & Spin in Election 2000 broadcast on PBS. Kate performed at the 2001 V-Day clebration of The Vagina Monologues in a sold-out Madison Square Garden benefit to end violence against women

A respected and sought after member of the Commentariat, Kate has been featured at comedy festivals including Just for Laughs in Montreal, the Toyota Comedy Festival in New York, and Marshall's Women in Comedy Festival.

In 1999 she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. Previous recipients included Coretta Scott King, Edward Kennedy, Janet Reno, Donna Shalala, Richard Gephardt and Jocelyn Elders. She was listed in the New York Magazine's Year 2001 ""Gay Power 101.""

During 2001 Kate Clinton celebrated her 20th Anniversary of performing. It was in March 1981, that the English teacher first took her act from the classroom to comedy clubs and theaters. She is currently at work on a second book Kate Clinton: Collected Speeches [I Never Gave] (working title). Filmmaker Catherine Gund is shooting a retrospective of Kate's first twenty years with a preview of what's to come in the next two decades. In 2001 Kate replaced Dick Cavett on Broadway as the Narrator of The Rocky Horror Show. In December 2001 and January 2002 she appeared in the New York production of The Vagina Monologues.

""Quick-witted, clear-spoken...She has developed a bizarrely logical, seemingly free-associating style of delivery (and) had this critic in tears from laughing so hard.""

New York Times

""Her terrific new show has a reassuring air of order (and) her gleeful slant cuts across all party lines. Clinton's appeal runs deeper than quotable lines, to a buoyant, bemused attitude that can connect seemingly distant dots.""
San Francisco Chronicle

"A savvy, witty observer of American life"

Boston Herald

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