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Kelly Collette

Wednesday, August 14 – Kelly Collette & Keith Bender at Columbus Funny Bone

Stand-Up Comic • Cincinnati

Kelly is a standup comedian and writer who began her career in Cincinnati, Ohio. She now works the road full time, performing in clubs, theaters, and independent rooms. She has been featured on Sirius XM, NPR, and Pandora. Her comedy special, I Made You This, produced by DryBar Comedy, has amassed over 3 million views in clips. She was a finalist on CMT’s Next Big Comic and toured with “The Nobodies of Comedy”, a rotating cast of comedians hand selected as the best unknown talent in the country. Kelly was named Cincinnati Citybeat’s Best Comedian in 2020. In 2022, she was an Artist In Residence at Acadia National Park- the first standup comedian in the National Parks history.

Kelly has performed at the prestigious Limestone Comedy Festival, San Francisco Sketchfest, Laughing Skull Comedy Festival, Gilda’s Laughfest (Best of the Midwest showcase) and The Lucielle Ball Comedy Festival. She headlined the Super Dope Comedy Festival in 2019 and is headlining the Limestone Comedy Festival in 2023.

Kelly is also a featured emcee and storyteller. She has emceed for the Cincinnati Reds and has twice been a storyteller for USA Today’s Storyteller Project Kelly spoke at the Ohio Women’s March.

Kelly’s writing has been published for Bust Magazine. In 2016 she wrote, produced and directed a parody play called “Reservoir Dames”. This all-female adaptation of “Reservoir Dogs” sold out and gained national attention. Her original play “Bloody Mary” (a horror comedy) debuted at the Know Theatre in 2020. She also wrote a children’s book titled, You Are Actually Quite Small, for kids and parents with anxiety.

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