Laurie Kilmartin

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Laurie Kilmartin
Laurie Kilmartin.jpg
Kilmartin in 2016
Born (1965-07-16) July 16, 1965 (age 56)
San Jose, California, U.S.
MediumStand-up, writing
NationalityAmerican, Luxembourgish
Alma materUniversity of California, Los Angeles
Years active1987–present

Laurie Kilmartin (born July 16, 1965)[1] is an American comedian and writer best known for being a finalist on Last Comic Standing season 7. She is currently a staff writer for the Conan O'Brien show Conan.

Early life[edit]

Kilmartin was born in 1965 in Santa Clara County, California, and grew up in Walnut Creek, California.[2][3] Her father was a civil engineer, and worked abroad for much of her childhood, building dams and bridges in Iran, Nicaragua, Saudi Arabia, and the Philippines.[2]

She attended the University of California, Los Angeles, where she was a competitive swimmer.[2]



Kilmartin began performing standup in 1987, doing contract comedy gigs in the Pacific Northwest.[2] She has since performed stand-up on Conan, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Comedy Central's Premium Blend, Showtime, the USO Tour Cuba, for troops in Iraq, Shorties Watchin' Shorties, Verdict with Dan Abrams, Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld, and The World Stands Up. She has been featured at comedy festivals in Aspen, Edinburgh, and Montreal.

She also appeared on VH1's Best Week Ever, the Today Show, White Boyz in Da Hood, Countdown with Keith Olbermann, The Rachel Maddow Show, Fox & Friends and The Oprah Winfrey Show.

In 2009 Kilmartin released a CD, Five Minutes to Myself, consisting of material she was not allowed to use on air. The CD covers topics such as immigrant boyfriends and unwanted Mexican babies, then answers an age-old question: Why is God such a prick in the Old Testament? Punchline Magazine called Five Minutes to Myself one of the “Top Ten Comedy CDs of 2009.”

Her comedy special, 45 Jokes About My Dead Dad,[4] stand up comedy about cancer, hospice, death, grieving and funerals, debuted on Seeso, December 29, 2016.[5]

Kilmartin was also a ‘Top Ten’ finalist in season 7 of NBC’s Last Comic Standing.[6] She was also listed in The Huffington Post's 53 Favorite Female Comedians list in 2011.[7]

In early 2016, Kilmartin and fellow comic Jackie Kashian began a new podcast produced by Nerdist Industries called The Jackie and Laurie Show.[8] The two primarily discuss stand-up comedy in LA and on the road, occasionally covering harassment and the unequal treatment of female comics, Kilmartin's job as a staff writer on the late-night circuit, and Kilmartin's multi-generational family living situation.


As a writer, Kilmartin was on the staff of The Late Late Show, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn (on which she was also a frequent panelist), and Comedy Central's Too Late with Adam Carolla and The Bonnie Hunt Show. She also wrote articles published on Huffington Post,, and co-authored Sherri Shepherd's memoir, Permission Slips.

In 2012, she wrote the New York Times bestseller Sh*tty Mom: The Parenting Guide for the Rest of Us.[9]

In 2018, she published Dead People S*ck, "an honest, irreverent, laugh-out-loud guide to coping with death and dying."[10]

Personal life[edit]

Kilmartin has a son, born in 2006.[11] She is a single mother who often jokes about her son and motherhood.

Her mother died from complications of COVID-19 on June 18, 2020.[12]


  1. ^ "Laurie A Kilmartin, Born 07/16/1965". California Birth Index. Retrieved October 6, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d Kilmartin, Laurie (February 20, 2014). "Episode 472". WTF Podcast (Interview). Interviewed by Marc Maron.
  3. ^ "Bio". Laurie Kilmartin - Comedian. 2014.
  4. ^ Schroeder, Audra (December 29, 2016). "Laurie Kilmartin looks back—and forward—with '45 Jokes About My Dead Dad'". The Daily Dot. Retrieved October 5, 2017.
  5. ^ "45 Jokes About My Dead Dad". IMDb. Retrieved September 5, 2017.
  6. ^ "'Last Comic Standing' finalist Laurie Kilmartin comes to Punchline Aug. 13 and 14". Sacramento Press. August 13, 2010.
  7. ^ "53 Of Our Favorite Female Comedians". Huffington Post. July 26, 2012.
  8. ^ "The Jackie and Laurie Show". Nerdist Industries.
  9. ^ "Book". Laurie Kilmartin - Comedian. 2014. Retrieved September 5, 2017.
  10. ^ Wright, Megh. "Laurie Kilmartin's Book 'Dead People Suck' Is Out Next Month". Vulture. Retrieved 2018-08-16.
  11. ^ DuShane, Tony (August 29, 2013). "Laurie Kilmartin: Self-described (bad) mom nears end of life on the road". SFGate. Retrieved October 5, 2017.
  12. ^ "A comedian watched her mom die from COVID on an iPad. Her live tweets will break you". Los Angeles Times. June 18, 2020.

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