Martha Kelly

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Martha Kelly
Born February 24, 1968[1]
Torrance, California [1]
Occupation Actress, Comedian
Years active 1994–present[2]

Martha Kelly is an Austin-area stand-up comedian from Los Angeles,[2] best known for co-starring in the FX comedy series Baskets.[3]


She has been featured on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Comedy Central's The Half Hour and Premium Blend, NBC's Last Comic Standing, and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.

At age 25, Kelly experimented with stand-up comedy at the Laugh Factory in her native Los Angeles. Her material and confidence slowly developed over a five-year period.[2]

Kelly first surfaced on comedy stages in Austin, Texas with HBO's Aspen Comedy Festival auditions in the fall of 1999, followed by winning Capital City Comedy Club's annual "Funniest Person in Austin" contest in April 2000.[2] Kelly was the winner of Comedy Central's 2002 Laugh Riots national comedy competition and was one of the New Faces in the Just for Laughs comedy festival that same year.

After many years of performing stand-up, Kelly made her acting debut in January 2016 after long-time friend Zach Galifianakis asked her to co-star in his FX comedy series Baskets.[4] She co-stars as Martha, an insurance adjuster and friend of Chip Baskets (played by Galifianakis).[5]


Year Title Role Notes
2005 The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson Herself - Stand-up performer 1 episode
2011 Ladies Night Out Herself - Stand-up performer 1 episode
2016–present Baskets Martha Series regular
2016 The Half Hour[6] Herself - Stand-up performer 1 episode
2017 Infinity Baby[7] Ava
2017 Spider-Man: Homecoming[8][6] Tour Guide Minor role
2017 American Gods Zorya Utrennyaya Episode 2, "The Secret of the Spoons"
2019 Corporate Animals Gloria Filming


  1. ^ a b Martha Kelly’s own statement while performing at Comedy Club on State, 202 State St Madison, WI on 3/31/18
  2. ^ a b c d Wolfson, Todd (26 May 2000). "Plain Funny: Checking In With Martha Kelly, the Funniest Person in Austin 2000". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 10 November 2016. 
  3. ^ Egner, Jeremy (14 January 2016). "Martha Kelly in 'Baskets': Funny, if You're O.K. With That". New York Times. Retrieved 11 November 2016. 
  4. ^ "Meet The Breakout Star Of Zach Galifianakis's New FX Comedy "Baskets"". 21 January 2016. 
  5. ^ Sims, David (21 January 2016). "Baskets: Zach Galifianakis Is America's Sad Clown". The Atlantic. 
  6. ^ a b Magyar, Carina (23 September 2016). "Awful/Lucky Martha Kelly". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 10 November 2016. 
  7. ^ Infinity Baby (Top Billed Cast) on IMDb
  8. ^ Hipes, Patrick (29 July 2016). "Geoff Stults Jumps Into 'Granite Mountain'; Martha Kelly Joins 'Spider-Man: Homecoming'". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on 31 July 2016. Retrieved 10 November 2016. 

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