Kate Clinton

Kate Clinton is a faith-based, tax-paying, America-loving political humorist and family entertainer. With a career spanning almost thirty 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 Clinton’s career highlights include:

Film

Pride Divide (documentary, 1997)

Building on the Past

Mom’s Apple Pie: The Heart of the Lesbian Mothers’ Custody Movement

The Secret Lives of Dentists

Radical Harmonies

No Secret Anymore: The Times of Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon (documentary, 2003, narrator)

Out In America

Taking A Chance On God

TV Appearances

The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC)

The Joy Behar Show (HLN)

Good Morning America

Court TV

Entertainment Tonight

Comedy Central

The Rosie O’Donnell Show

CNN

ABC News

Arsenio Hall

C-SPAN

MSNBC

Roseanne Show

Leeza

Judith Regan Tonight

The Durst Amendment: Justice TV

LOGO

QTV

Morning Show MSNBC

19th Annual GLAAD Media Awards

The Big Gay Sketch Show

Comedy Collections

Making Light

Making Waves

Live at the Great American Music Hall

Babes in Joyland

Comedy You Can Dance to

Read These Lips

The Marrying Kind

Climate Change

Lady HAHA

Books

Don’t Get Me Started (1998)

What the L? (2005)

I Told You So (2008)

TV

Oprah

LOGO

In the Life

Here! tv – Kate Clinton: Talking a Blue Streak

Showtime – The L-Word

PBS: Out in America

PBS: That’s Classic! WQXR Classical Comedy Contest

Smash

The Evolution Will Be Televised

My Coolest Years (2004)

Laughing Matters (video documentary, 2004)

We’re Funny That Way (documentary, 1998)

Out There 2 (TV movie, 1994)

Off Broadway Shows

Out is In (1994)

Correct Me If I’m Right (1999)

You Look Like You Could Use a Laugh (2002)

Broadway

39 Steps

The Rocky Horror Show

Nothing Like A Dame

Vagina Monologues

National Tours

Shameless

The Mad Vow Tour

Why to Kate?

Talking a Blue Streak

IT’S COME TO THIS!

Climate Change

Hilarity Clinton ’08

True Colors Tour

Labelle

Yes on K8

Back To Back

Lady HAHA

The GLEE Party

ALL FRACKED UP

SIS-BOOM-BAH

DVDs

Laughing Matters

here!Comedy Presents: Kate Clinton

Gay Games 2006

It’s Come To This!

History

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By Wendell Berry

Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front

Love the quick profit, the annual raise,
vacation with pay. Want more 
of everything ready made. Be afraid 
to know your neighbors and to die.
And you will have a window in your head.
Not even your future will be a mystery 
any more. Your mind will be punched in a card 
and shut away in a little drawer.
When they want you to buy something 
they will call you. When they want you
to die for profit they will let you know. 
So, friends, every day do something
that won’t compute. Love the Lord. 
Love the world. Work for nothing. 
Take all that you have and be poor.
Love someone who does not deserve it. 
Denounce the government and embrace 
the flag. Hope to live in that free 
republic for which it stands. 
Give your approval to all you cannot
understand. Praise ignorance, for what man 
has not encountered he has not destroyed.
Ask the questions that have no answers. 
Invest in the millennium. Plant sequoias.
Say that your main crop is the forest
that you did not plant,
that you will not live to harvest.


Say that the leaves are harvested 
when they have rotted into the mold.
Call that profit. Prophesy such returns.
Put your faith in the two inches of humus 
that will build under the trees
every thousand years.
Listen to carrion—put your ear
close, and hear the faint chattering
of the songs that are to come. 
Expect the end of the world. Laugh. 
Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful
though you have considered all the facts. 
So long as women do not go cheap 
for power, please women more than men.
Ask yourself: Will this satisfy 
a woman satisfied to bear a child?
Will this disturb the sleep 
of a woman near to giving birth? 
Go with your love to the fields.
Lie easy in the shade. Rest your head 
in her lap. Swear allegiance 
to what is nighest your thoughts.
As soon as the generals and the politicos 
can predict the motions of your mind, 
lose it. Leave it as a sign 
to mark the false trail, the way 
you didn’t go. Be like the fox 
who makes more tracks than necessary, 
some in the wrong direction.
Practice resurrection.

Wendell Berry is a poet, farmer, and environmentalist in Kentucky. This poem, first published in 1973, is reprinted by permission of the author and appears in his “New Collected Poems” (Counterpoint).


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