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Kate Clinton
Kate Clinton.jpg
Clinton in 2006
Born November 9,1947
Buffalo, New York
Medium Stand-up comedy
Nationality American
Genres Political Commentary, Comedy
Subject(s) Politics, Gay/Lesbian
Spouse Urvashi Vaid
Website http://www.kateclinton.com/

Kate Clinton (born November 9, 1947[1]) has been an American comedian for over 25 years, specializing in political commentary from a gay/lesbian point of view. She was born in Buffalo, New York. She grew up Catholic in New York State and taught high school English for eight years before becoming a comedian. She began her stand-up career in 1981 using her lesbianism, Catholicism and current politics for her jokes.

Comic career

Kate Clinton is a self-described "fumerist," or feminist humorist, who has set out to prove that being lesbian can be, and often is, funny. She was raised in a large Catholic family. In young adulthood she jokingly describes herself as a "pre-Michael J. Fox conservative" who attended Le Moyne College,[1], a small Jesuit liberal arts college. She received her Masters from Colgate University [2], and went on to teach high school English.

In addition to comedy appearances and one-woman-shows such as Lady Ha Ha, Climate Change, Correct Me If I'm Right, All Het Up and Kate's Out Is In, she has written three books, Don't Get Me Started (Ballantine, 2000); What the L" (Da Capo Press, 2005) and I Told You So (Beacon Press, 2009). Kate has 8 CD's, including the most recent, Climate Change', (Whyscrack Records, 2008), and has two DVD's available. She is a regular columnist for the national monthly magazine, The Progressive and has been a past columnist for the national gay newsmagazine The Advocate. Kate's blogs can be found on the Huffington Post [3]

She has made numerous appearances on television, and has served as grand marshal of gay pride parades.[citation needed]. When the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan began, she was a part-time commentator on CNN.[2]

Kate works extensively with social justice and nonprofit organizations, and has been a regular MC at major fundraising events and dinners for groups like the NYC LGBT Center (at its Annual Garden Party); the National Center for Lesbian Rights; the ACLU; Out & Equal, among others.

Kate Clinton lives in New York City and Provincetown, MA with her partner, Urvashi Vaid since 1988. Urvashi was executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force from 1988-1992 and has been an activist and writer since that time. Her 2006 tour marks her 25th anniversary as a professional stand-up comedian.

Clinton performed on Cyndi Lauper's True Colors Tour 2008.


Also in 2008, she toured with her "Hilarity Clinton" one person show.

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Kate Clinton has been an American comedian for over 25 years, specializing in political commentary from a gay point of view.



Don't Get Me Started

  • And they picketh it up and laideth it in a Ziploc bag
  • On airlines, so many passengers' faces are buried in John Grisham books, they could be complimentary copies for Grisham Airlines.

The Progressive, Unplugged

  • FYI: The Summer of Gay has been extended into the Year of the Queer. Another heads up: Mad Vow Disease, once limited to wholesome, unimpeachable gay couples earnestly seeking to take on the rights and responsibilities of marriage, has jumped the pen and crossed into the general population.
  • Like red meat thrown before the Atkins crowd in the Republican Party, the initiative would teach problem solving, negotiating, and listening skills, which might then trickle up to the Bush Administration.
  • Like those itinerant clerics who traveled during the summer months and took over for vacationing priests, I hope to help out this summer in Provincetown, but without the pedophilia.
  • The Administration's policy on women is often hard to see because it is written in the font size of pharmaceutical ads.
  • When the Lord of the Wedding Rings held his no-questions-asked press conference, he said he was sorely "troubled." At last, I thought, an admission. But no, he wasn't talking about his mental condition.


  • Kids love to see me coming. Compared to most of the three-year-olds they know, I am a major slacker. My idea of an educational field trip is to pop them in the car and drive through the car wash screaming.
  • Let's get one thing straight. I'm not.
  • Some women can't say the word lesbian... even when their mouth is full of one.

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