Political humorist Kate Clinton at Edison

Tax-paying, America-loving political satirist Kate Clinton offers savvy send-ups of American culture, fads and foibles, from Wal-Mart-ization and Disneyfication to Queer Eye, lesbian chic and presidential inaugurals.

The self-described “oldest living, continuously performing lesbian author/humorist in North America” is wisecracking her way to Washington — Washington University, that is — for the Edison Theatre OVATIONS! Series. A one-night-only performance will begin at 8 p.m. Feb. 13.

A monthly columnist for The Progressive and The Advocate magazines, Clinton has performed at comedy clubs and festivals nationwide for more than 20 years. She has been featured on Good Morning America, Nightline, Entertainment Tonight, The Roseanne Show, The Arsenio Hall Show and Leeza, as well as on numerous news and talk shows for Comedy Central, Lifetime, Oxygen, MSNBC, CNN and C-Span.

A former writer for The Rosie O’Donnell Show, she served as host for In The Life and The World According To Us.

Clinton’s six comedy albums include Babes in Joyland, Comedy You Can Dance To and Read These Lips. Don’t Get Me Started, a book based on her monologues, was published in 1998, and the audio companion was named “One of 1998’s Best Audiobooks” by Publishers Weekly. She has also written for The New York Times and George magazine, among others.

Clinton appeared in the film The Secret Lives of Dentists, directed by Alan Rudolph, and was one of four lesbian comics featured in Laughing Matters, an award-winning documentary produced by Andrea Meyerson. She has appeared off-Broadway on several occasions, and in 2001 she 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.

“Kate Clinton cuts through 10,000 miles of badness with a single brilliant insight, complete with punch line,” said Tony Kushner, author of Angels in America.

The San Francisco Chronicle said, “Clinton’s appeal runs deeper than quotable lines, to a buoyant, bemused attitude that can connect seemingly distant dots.”

Tickets are $28 for the general public; $23 for seniors, students and WUSTL faculty and staff; and $14 for WUSTL students and children under 12.

Tickets are available at the Edison Theatre Box Office and through all MetroTix outlets. For more information, call 935-6543.

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