Brava for Women in the Arts will present Kate Clinton (known as the lesbian Jon Stewart of Comedy Central infamy) in her latest one-woman show, â€śTalking a Blue Streakâ€ť on June 10-11 at 8pm and June 12 at 3pm at Brava Theater Center, 2781 24th Street. Clinton calls herself a faith-based, tax-paying, America-loving political humorist. She has worked through economic booms and busts, Disneyfication and Walmartization, gay movements & markets, lesbian chic & queer eyes, and 10 presidential inaugurals. She still believes that humor gets us through peacetime, wartime, and scoundrel time.
Clinton has performed nationally for the past 25 years from Joeâ€™s Pub in NYC to the Herbst Theater in SF and back to New York for several off-Broadway runs, with hundreds of comedy club dates in between. She has been featured at Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, the Toyota Comedy Festival in New York, and Marshallâ€™s Women in Comedy Festival. She has come a long way from her first performances in Unitarian Church basements.
In her new show, â€śTalking A Blue Streak,â€ť Clinton riffs from the trenches of her U.S.O. (Utah Seems Odd) Tour from the tiny island nation of New York City to her favorite blue and red states, including the permanent vegetative state of Florida. She encounters blue state folks with such a level of post-traumatic-stress that they could use a pill the size of a hubcap. Meanwhile, red state folks celebrate the return of the original girlie-man to the White Houseâ€”Mr. Karen Hughesâ€”whoâ€™s all set to co-produce â€śExtreme Makeover: International Editionâ€ť with Condi Rice and a measly $86 billion. On the Pope front, Clinton was shocked to find she wasnâ€™t even mentioned in the willâ€”given her role as Irreverend of a Queer Nation for gay marriage, which has proven to be the quintessential wedgie issue. Thatâ€™s right: Clinton observes that â€śqueers are the butt thong between the cheek of the church and the cheek of the state.â€ť
ith Clinton, youâ€™ll laugh so hard, all of your cheeks will hurt. Or so says producer Lisa Geduldig; and knowing Kate, itâ€™s quite probably true.
Clintonâ€™s two decades-plus of material are on record in her seven comedy collections including â€śComedy You Can Dance To,â€ť â€śRead These Lips,â€ť and the recently released â€śThe Marrying Kind.â€ť In June, the former high school English teacher will celebrate the publication of her second book, What the L?, a laugh-out-loud collection of essays chronicling what happened to a lot of Lâ€™s: lesbians, liberals, leftists, lawyers, Ellen, lifestylists, leaders, lords, liars, and lapsed Catholics during the reign of W. Her first book, Donâ€™t Get Me Started, was based on past and present monologues; its audio companion was named â€śone of 1998â€™s best audio booksâ€ť by Publishers Weekly.
A sought-after member of the Commentariat, Clinton has appeared on Good Morning America, Nightline, Entertainment Tonight, The Rosie Oâ€™Donnell Show, The Roseanne Show, Comedy Central, Lifetime, MSNBC, CNN, and C-Span. But for the ultimate recommendation, Melissa Etheridge once said, â€śKate Clinton cracks me up.â€ť Thatâ€™s enough for me. Iâ€™ve gotta witness this genius again and again. For tickets by phone: 647-2822 or online: brava.org.
Kate Clinton comes to SF this weekend on the heels of taping an episode of The L Word in Vancouver, in which she will play a therapist. Also, she will be on KPFA this Friday on the Morning Show for a panel on lesbian culture with Kate and the authors of books on dyke drama and Dinah Shore.