About Kate

Kate Clinton in a black shirt and eyeglasses

What’s so funny about madness, horror and catastrophe, Republicans and ecocide and homophobia? For that matter, what’s so funny about being middle-aged, or the agonies and traumas of childhood? What’s funny about the Pope? Kate Clinton will tell you! Is it possible to be incredibly funny and at the same time political visionary? Kate Clinton will show you that it’s more than possible – by being both! Of course, to do this, to be simultaneously a million laughs and politically super-smart, it helps to be Kate Clinton, and since only one of us is Kate Clinton, since she is unique in all the world, brilliantly, elegantly funny about everything that terrifies us, and since so much terrifies us these days, and since laughing at what scares us emboldens us, my recommendation is that you seize any opportunity that comes your way to hear Kate Clinton. Her new show is magnificent!

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Kate Clinton is a faith-based, tax-paying, America-loving political humorist and family entertainer. With a career spanning thirty-six years, Kate is at the top of her game, ready to stand up to the mic and bon mot her way through presidential campaigns, LGBTQ movements in transition, sports, religion in extremis, media in rigor mortis. For info on this multi-talented and multi-platformed author, actress, stand-up humorist, activist, fundraising auctioneer and social mediatrix

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Kate's  previous tours include: Zombie Apocalypse (2017)  Wake Up Call (2016) ,  Hello Katey! A One Woman Pussy Riot (2015),#KateClinton (2014),  SIS-BOOM-BAH (2013),  All Fracked Up (2012), The GLEE Party (2011), Lady HAHA ( 2010)  Yes on K8 (2009), Hilarity Clinton (2008),  and Climate Change (2007). In April, 2010 Kate took part in BACK TO BACK, a special performance with Lily Tomlin in New York. In 2006, Kate Clinton celebrated her 25th Anniversary of performing with a 50-city It’s Come To This! tour. A documentary DVD of her hilarious performance is available with extra features along the tour route, of rare interviews, backstage banter, readings from her book, and celebrity cameo appearances.


Kate has performed nationally since 1981 from Joe's Pub in New York City to the Park West in Chicago to the Herbst Theater in San Francisco, and back to New York for several off-Broadway runs, with hundreds of comedy club dates in between. She opened for the Labelle Reunion Show at the Apollo. She appeared in the True Colors show with Cyndi Lauper at Radio City Music Hall. In 2011 Kate participated in the 39 Steps “HITCHCOCK MEETS HILARIOUS” Talkback Tuesday Series. In 2014  Kate took part in the The Great American Women Talkback Series along with Lily Tomlin. Kate has performed at Nothin' Like a Dame, an annual star-studded Broadway gala performance and event featuring women from stage, film, and the performing arts. She has been featured at comedy festivals including CTBS Comedy Festival in Las Vegas, Just for Laughs in Montreal, the Toyota Comedy Festival in New York, and Marshall's Women in Comedy Festival. She has come a long way from those first performances in Unitarian Church basements. She still prays to the Unit. Her two decades plus of material are on record in her nine comedy collections, including  Lady HAHA, Climate Change, Comedy You Can Dance To, Read These Lips and The Marrying Kind.


Kate's third book I Told You So is a hilarious, bittersweet, politically acute survival guide. It is also available as an audiobook. Her second book, What The L? is a laugh-out-loud collection of dangerous humor from one of the all-time-favorite lesbian comics living under one of the all-time-worst presidents. In 2005 it was nominated in the humor category for the prestigious 2005 Lambda Literary Award, considered to be the highest accolade for a book from the LGBT community. Her first book, Don't Get Me Started, was published by Ballantine in 1998. The audio companion was named one of 1998's Best Audiobooks by Publishers Weekly. Both Don't Get Me Started and What The L? are available as e-books. Kate's work is also included in the following books: The L Life, It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living, Aging: An Apprenticeship  and Pride and Joy.


Kate is multi-formatted to the max.  She blogs, vlogs, twitters, friends, facebooks.  The portal to all this fun is her recently upgraded website KateClinton.com. Kate's weekly video blog is must-see TV. In it she is an Andrea Rooney pleasantly kvetching about the news and views of the day. But without the eyebrow problem. Kate writes bi-monthly columns for The Progressive and a monthly column in the Washington Blade which she waxes comical and philosophical about the state of our nation and those who have put us in such a state.

Kate also blogs for Huffington Post, Washington Blade and The Progressive She has written for The New York Times, Women's Review Of Books, and The Advocate among other publications. Kate served as a writer on The Rosie O'Donnell Show during its rollout period in 1996.


A respected and sought-after member of the Commentariat, she has appeared on the Rachel Maddow Show, SMASH,  Joy Behar Show, Good Morning America, Nightline, Entertainment Tonight, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, The L Word, numerous news and talk shows on Comedy Central, Lifetime, LOGO, Oxygen, MSNBC, CNN, and C-Span. She hosted In The Life, and The World According To Us. Her one woman show, Talking A Blue Streak, was broadcast on hereTV! and later released as a DVD. In 2012 Kate presented her Ted Talk: TedX Women about humor as a tool of activism and how laughter can change the world.

Kate's opening ceremony performance in Chicago at Gay Games VII was released on the official Gay Games DVD in 2006. In January 2009, on the night before the inauguration of President Obama, when the White House was still a crime scene, Kate organized the Sage the White House action. With thousands present and with many tuned in from around the world, Kate banished the evil spirits of eight year's of Geore Bush's ruinous residency. In hindsight, they should also have saged Congress.

She performed at the 2001 V-Day celebration of The Vagina Monologues in a sold-out Madison Square Garden benefit to end violence against women. Also in 2001 Kate replaced Dick Cavett on Broadway as the Narrator of The Rocky Horror Show. In 2002 she appeared for six weeks in the New York production of The Vagina Monologues.


In addition to live performance, Kate appeared in the film The Secret Lives of Dentists directed by Alan Rudolph and is one of four lesbian comics featured in Laughing Matters. She is the narrator's voice in Joan Biren's documentary No Secrets Anymore - the Times of Del Martin and Phyllis Lyons and has a cameo appearance in Dee Mosbacher's documentary Radical Harmonies. Also narrated by Kate Clinton, Mom's Apple Pie: The Heart of the Lesbian Mothers' Custody Movement (October 2006) revisits the early tumultuous years of the lesbian custody movement through the stories of five lesbian mothers and their four children. In 2011  Kate appeared in the documentary OUT in America.


Kate has taught humor writing at the prestigious Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA where poet laureate Robert Pinsky and Pulitzer Prize winning author Michael Cunningham have also taught. She lectures widely on humor and the uses of humor in cultural change.

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 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.

Kate emceed the AMFAR Seasons of Hope event where awards were presented to Quincy Jones, Sharon Stone and Robin Williams. At Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, she joined Dick Cavett, and Moderator Ted Koppel for the Alfred I. DuPont Forum Money, Humor & Spin in Election 2000 broadcast on PBS.


Kate has emceed hundreds of fundraising dinners and events which have raised millions of dollars for The National Center for Lesbian Rights, the Ms. Foundation, LPAC,  the New York City LGBT Community Center, Creating Change, the Gill Foundation, and the STREB dance lab to name a few. Kate has been comedy concierge at many three day conferences, including The Democracy Alliance, the Gill Foundation’s Political Outgiving and NGLTF’s annual Creating Change.


She has received awards from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, and at the 2007 GLAAD Media Awards, Kate Clinton was presented with the Pioneer Award. In 2009 Anne Meara presented Kate with SAGE's Ken Dawson Advocacy Award.

"Kate Clinton has held the mirror that reflects every single issue that has faced us for the last 25 years. We've laughed with her, we've cried with her, and we've been changed by her," said Kate Kendell, Executive Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights.

Photo: Jurek Wajdowicz

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