Karen Kilgariff

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Karen Kilgariff
Born (1970-05-11) May 11, 1970 (age 48)
Petaluma, California, U.S.
Years active1990–present
Notable works and rolesMy Favorite Murder Podcast Co-Host

Karen Kilgariff (born May 11, 1970 in Petaluma, California) is an American writer, comedian, singer, author, actor, television producer, and podcast host known for her work on the podcast My Favorite Murder and the Glasgow-set situation comedy The Book Group.[1]

Early life[edit]

Karen Kilgariff grew up outside of Petaluma, California with her older sister, father who was a firefighter, and mother who was a psychiatric nurse.[2]


Karen Kilgariff started out as a stand-up comedian in Sacramento in the 1990s. She went on to land comedy roles on television, including being a cast member on seasons 3 and 4 of Mr. Show.[3] She would later appear in the 2015 reboot, W/ Bob & David, as well.[4]

In 2003 she was hired by Ellen DeGeneres to help write for her comedy special, Ellen DeGeneres: Here and Now. Kilgariff later toured with Degeneres as her opening act.[5] Kilgarrif was then named head writer for the day time talk show The Ellen DeGeneres Show which launched in September 2003.[6] She occasionally appeared on screen in sketches and other segments. She was also part of a comic duo (with Mary Lynn Rajskub) called Girls Guitar Club.

Kilgariff served as the head writer for The Rosie Show, which aired on the Oprah Winfrey Network. She later served as the head writer for The Pete Holmes Show, which aired on TBS.[7]

In 2014, she started a podcast with comedian Chris Fairbanks called Do You Need A Ride?.[8] The podcast originally took place entirely in a car while Karen and Chris drove their guest around, sometimes picking them up or dropping them off at the airport. However, citing safety concerns, they now sometimes record in the All Things Comedy studio. That same year she recorded a musical comedy album Live at the Bootleg.[9]

In 2016, she and Georgia Hardstark started the true crime podcast My Favorite Murder,[10] in which they discuss various infamous murders and serial killers. Since its inception, the podcast has garnered a large fan base, ranking number one on the iTunes comedy podcast list in May 2016.[10]

She also wrote for and starred in truTV's Talk Show: The Game Show and produced Making History on FOX Broadcasting Company.

Personal life[edit]

Kilgariff does not drink alcohol, and has been open about her past struggles with abuse of the drug speed and diet pills. In an interview with Marc Maron for his WTF podcast, she said she stopped using drugs and alcohol completely after she began having seizures, fearing her drug use had been the cause.[1] Kilgariff married at age 32 and is now divorced.[11]


  1. ^ a b Maron, Marc (April 10, 2014). "Episode 487 — Karen Kilgariff" (audio podcast). WTF Podcast. Retrieved 13 April 2014.
  2. ^ Hawgood, Alex (19 May 2018). "Grisly Murders and Serial Killers? Ooh, Tell Me More". The New York Times. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  3. ^ Berkowitz, Joe (28 January 2011). "Mrs. Show: The Women Behind a Comedy Classic". vulture.com. Vulture Magazine. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  4. ^ Adams, Sam (12 November 2015). "Reviews of Netflix's 'Mr. Show' Reunion 'W/ Bob & David'". Indie Wire. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  5. ^ Ellen DeGeneres (28 October 2003). The Funny Thing Is... Simon and Schuster. pp. 111–. ISBN 978-0-7432-5366-6.
  6. ^ Molyneaux, Libby. "Karen Kilgariff: Comedy Pick of the Week". LA Weekly. Retrieved 31 July 2014.
  7. ^ "The Pete Holmes Show on Twitter".
  8. ^ "Do You Need A Ride?".
  9. ^ "In 'Bootleg,' Kilgariff Sets Her Comic Commentary To Music" on National Public Radio
  10. ^ a b "My Favorite Murder with Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark".
  11. ^ "Until I Lose Interest ep28".

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