Kate Clinton

Kate Clinton

At a Glance:

Kate Clinton has been a Project Contributor since February 2008, has written 207 entries and currently lives in New York City, NY.


Kate Clinton is a faith-based, tax-paying, America-loving political humorist and family entertainer. With a career spanning over 28 years, Kate Clinton has worked through economic booms and busts, Disneyfication and Walmartization, gay movements and gay markets, lesbian chic and queer eyes, and EIGHT presidential inaugurals. She still believes that humor gets us through peacetime, wartime, scoundrel time and economic down times.

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, 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.

At the 2007 GLAAD Media Awards, Kate Clinton was presented with the Pioneer 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.

Kate Clinton: Recently Filed

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Mean People Still Suck

Filed by Kate Clinton | February 19, 2014 | 4:30 PM | comments

As Congress cut food stamps and debated extending unemployment insurance, I found myself shaking my head and asking, "How kin people be so mean?"Read More

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The Maddening Media Messages

Filed by Kate Clinton | December 15, 2013 | 2:30 PM | comments

As the great poet Muriel Rukeyser said, "Pay attention to what they tell you to forget."Read More


Justus Plumbius Tuckered Outum

Filed by Kate Clinton | February 11, 2013 | 1:30 PM | comments

When a CEO of a major multinational quits and gives just two weeks' notice, everybody pricks up their ears. Those who can hear through the deafening and tasteless "Ding dong the witch is dead," remix are wondering why the sudden papal exit?Read More


The Masters

Filed by Kate Clinton | January 22, 2013 | 2:30 PM | comments

I've waited until after the glorious Inauguration of Barack Obama to bring this up.Read More


Kate Clinton's Happy New Year!

Filed by Kate Clinton | January 13, 2013 | 11:30 AM | comments

I am grateful for my dear life partner, my work, my health and my family and friends. They have seen me through crass idiocy, violence, endless greed, cruelty, illness and loss of shoreline. Read More