Kelly Oxford

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Kelly Oxford
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationWriter, blogger, Twitter personality

Kelly Oxford is a Canadian author and screenwriter.[1]


In 1996, Oxford dropped out of Mount Royal University after one semester.[2] She started blogging as a means of daily productivity and self-publishing. She later worked as a waitress and at a shoe store.[2]

In 2001, Oxford became a full-time stay-at-home mother and began focusing on her online writing and scriptwriting. She started an anonymous blog in 2002,[2] joined Twitter in 2009, and gained a large following,[3] eventually attracting the attention of celebrities including Diablo Cody and Roger Ebert and being contacted by a number of agents.[3] She sold a television script to CBS, to be executive produced by Jessica Alba, based on her life as a mother in Calgary.[3] She then wrote another pilot that was bought by NBC. Neither script has been produced.[3] Oxford moved to Los Angeles in 2012.[3]

In 2013 Oxford published a semi-autobiographical book, Everything Is Perfect When You're a Liar, which became a New York Times bestseller.[4]

In 2014 Oxford appeared on the reality show Candidly Nicole, starring Lionel Richie's daughter Nicole Richie.[5]

Following the release of the Donald Trump and Billy Bush recording during the 2016 presidential election, Oxford tweeted a request for women to "tweet me your first assaults", using the hashtag #notokay, and within days received 27 million views and responses. The response was so large that it received coverage by The New York Times and other media.[6][7][8] The #notokay campaign was a precursor to the #metoo hashtag which ignited the Me Too movement in October 2017, with both movements focused on solidarity among victims of sexual abuse.[9]

Oxford and Molly McNearney, head writer for Jimmy Kimmel Live!, developed a semiautobiographical comedy for TV Land in early 2016. The pair would write and star in the series.[10]

On April 18, 2017, Oxford released her second book, When You Find Out the World is Against You: And Other Funny Memories About Awful Moments.[11] While appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live! as part of the book's launch, she revealed that it was during a kitchen table conversation with Kimmel and his head writer (and wife) McNearney that the segment "Mean Tweets" originated, after she and Kimmel read cruel tweets to each other in a humorous way, trying to outdo each other.[12]

In March 2017, Oxford was developing a 1990s-set teen drama series for Hulu, with her The Disaster Artist collaborators James Franco, Seth Rogen, and Evan Goldberg producing.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Oxford and her husband James were together for 18 years until separating in late 2016.[14]


  • (2013) Everything Is Perfect When You're a Liar (paperback edition 2014, ISBN 978-0062102232)
  • (2017) When You Find Out the World is Against You: And Other Funny Memories About Awful Moments (hardcover, ISBN 978-0062322777)


  1. ^ "The 140 Best Twitter Feeds of 2011". Time Magazine. March 28, 2011. Retrieved March 21, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c Sperling, Nicole (June 19, 2012). "Twitter sensation Kelly Oxford hooks Hollywood". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 21, 2013.
  3. ^ a b c d e "How Calgary mom Kelly Oxford tweeted her way to Hollywood". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2016-03-21.
  4. ^ Hoby, Hermione (May 11, 2013). "Twitter's first star". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2016-03-21.
  5. ^ "Candidly Nicole Full Cast & Crew". IMDB.
  6. ^ Mahler, Jonathan (October 11, 2016). "For Many Women, Trump's 'Locker Room Talk' Brings Memories of Abuse". The New York Times. New York. Retrieved October 11, 2016.
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  10. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2016-02-19). "Kelly Oxford & Molly McNearney To Create & Star In Semi-Autobiographical Comedy For TV Land". Deadline. Retrieved 2017-12-19.
  11. ^ Oxford, Kelly (April 18, 2017). When You Find Out the World Is Against You: And Other Funny Memories About Awful Moments. Place of publication not identified: Dey Street Books. ISBN 9780062322777.
  12. ^ Jimmy Kimmel Live! April 11, 2017. ABC.
  13. ^ Wagmeister, Elizabeth (2017-03-23). "James Franco, Seth Rogen Developing '90s Teen Drama at Hulu From Writer Kelly Oxford (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 2017-12-12.
  14. ^ "Instagram post by @kellyoxford • Jan 13, 2017 at 10:52 pm UTC". Instagram. Retrieved 2017-02-16.

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