Laurie Kilmartin is a comic, author, and an Emmy-nominated writer for CONAN on TBS. As a stand-up comic, she’s appeared on CONAN, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Comedy Central, and in comedy clubs around the country. She was a finalist on season seven of Last Comic Standing.
Laurie Kilmartin grew up in Santa Clara County, California. She attended UCLA, did some competitive swimming, and moved back up to the Bay Area to pursue acting, before starting her stand-up comedy career in the Pacific Northwest.
In 2009, Kilmartin released a comedy album called, Five Minutes to Myself, comprised of material that she was not allowed to use on the air. Punchline Magazine called it one of the Top Ten Comedy CDs of that year. She is also outspoken about politics, parenthood, and the entertainment industry in a weekly podcast she shares with fellow comedian Jackie Kashian called, The Jackie and Laurie Show.
She is the author of two books. Her first, a New York Times bestseller, is a tongue-in-cheek and thoroughly inappropriate how-to guide for parents. Laurie Kilmartin’s wrote her second book, Dead People Suck: A Guide for Survivors of the Newly Departed, shortly after her father lost his battle with cancer in 2014.
Laurie Kilmartin was in Bloomington recently to perform at the Comedy Attic. While she was here, she joined Aaron Cain in the WFIU studios.