Kate Clinton is one of America's brightest political comedians and was among the first to do stand-up comedy as an “out” lesbian. Her humor is plucked from the daily headlines and combines with her savvy send-ups of modern family relationships and illuminating perspectives on life as a gay American.
Clinton, born and raised in New York, celebrated her 20th anniversary as a performer in 2001. It was in March 1981, that this high school English teacher first took her act from the classroom to comedy clubs and theaters—and she never looked back.
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. 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 1998s Best Audiobooks" by Publishers Weekly.
Clinton 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 pieces for the New York Times and George magazine among others. Kate served as a writer on The Rosie O'Donnell Show during its rollout period in 1996.
As an actress, humorist, panelist and host, Kate has performed at the 2001 V-Day celebration of "The Vagina Monologues" in a sold-out Madison Square Garden benefit to end violence against women. At Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism she joined Dick Cavett, President Clinton's speechwriter Mark Katz and Moderator Ted Koppel for the Alfred I. DuPont Forum Money, Humor & Spin in Election 2000 broadcast on PBS. 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.
Kate resides in Provincetown, Mass. In 2001 she was listed in the New York Magazine's "Gay Power 101."