Tax-paying, America-loving political satirist Kate Clinton offers savvy send-ups of American culture, fads and foibles, from Wal-Martization and Disney-fication to Queer Eye, lesbian chic and presidential inaugurals.
Next month, the “oldest living, continuously performing lesbian author/humorist in North America” will wisecrack her way to Washington — Washington University, that is — for the Edison Theatre OVATIONS! Series.
The special one-night-only performance begins at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb.13. Tickets are $28 for the general public; $23 for seniors and students; and $14 for Washington University students and children under 12. Edison Theatre is located in the Mallinckrodt Student Center, 6445 Forsyth Blvd. Tickets are available at the Edison Theatre Box Office and through all MetroTix outlets. For more information, call (314) 935-6543.
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’Donell Show, she served as host for In The Life and The World According To Us.
WHO: Kate Clinton
WHAT: Edison Theatre OVATIONS! Series
WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13
WHERE: Edison Theatre, Washington University, Mallinckrodt Student Center, 6445 Forsyth Blvd.
COST: $28. Available through the Edison Theatre Box Office, (314) 935-6543, and all MetroTix outlets
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 by Ballantine in 1998, and the audio companion was named “One of 1998’s Best Audiobooks” by Publishers Weekly. She also has 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 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.
Tony Kushner, author of Angels in America, says that, “Kate Clinton cuts through ten thousand miles of badness with a single brilliant insight, complete with punchline.” The San Francisco Chronicle adds that, “Clinton’s appeal runs deeper than quotable lines, to a buoyant, bemused attitude that can connect seemingly distant dots.”
For more information about Clinton’s work, visit www.kateclinton.com.
Edison Theatre’s OVATIONS! Series serves both Washington University and the St. Louis community by providing the highest caliber national and international artists in music, dance and theater, performing new works as well as innovative interpretations of classical material not otherwise seen in St. Louis. Focusing on presentations that are interdisciplinary, multicultural and/or experimental, Edison Theatre presents work intended to challenge, educate and inspire.
Edison Theatre programs are supported by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency, and the Regional Arts Commission, St. Louis.
Note: Clinton’s performance replaces a previously scheduled appearance by comedian Julia Sweeney.