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Kate Clinton first began performing stand-up comedy in 1981. I think the first time I saw her was in 1985. And she blew me away. She was funny, but also so smart. She had a way of playing with words and speaking about the political issues of the day, making strong statements and making us laugh. Back then, laughter was sometimes scarce in the lesbian-feminist community. And now, 25 years later, Kate Clinton is still making us think and making us laugh. She's spent her life telling jokes, without making fun of anyone. That's a rare quality. She's appeared on The L Word, she writes for The Advocate, and has narrated a documentary about Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon. But the thing Kate does best is make us laugh.

Here's what her web site says about her: "Kate Clinton is a faith-based, tax-paying, America-loving political humorist and family entertainer. With a career spanning over 25 years, Kate Clinton has worked through economic booms and busts, Disneyfication and Walmartization, gay movements and gay markets, lesbian chic and queer eyes, and ten presidential inaugurals. She still believes that humor gets us through peacetime, wartime and scoundrel time."


Kate Clinton Photo credit: David Rodgers
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February 7, 2007 at 11:59 am
(1) Dana says:

Kate’s recent column at the Huffington Post, I Wish I Could Quit Ewe is worth a read.

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