This self-styled "Hilarious Asian"will put you "in stitches" as she reenacts her childhood in Indonesia where she worked (for Cathy Lee) as a Sweatshop Girl in a "small town" in Northern Sumatra. After winning the USA Immigration Visa Lottery, she moved (on the same day) to America where she became very rich working as an adviser to Donna Karan at DKNY. Filmed at a Costume Shop and a Dry Cleaning establishment on the West Side of Manhattan, New York City, she "channels" the plight of her youth.
From Indonesia to Canada, Australia and DKNY, Kate's comedy career began after she graduated with an acting degree from The Juilliard School. The "club scene" drew her to Caroline's Comedy Club, NYC, where she quickly was "slotted" for a series of appearances and features showcasing her particular brand of character based comedy. She has brought her funky urban Asian sensibility to The Kennedy Center, The Smithsonian Institute, Chicago Museum of Modern Art, and The Public Theater.
She has preformed at the Montreal Just for Laughs Festival, the Toyota Comedy Festival, The Marshalls Women in Comedy Festival, and developed her first comedy and music revue for NBC's PSNBC in New York, and the HBO Time Warner workspace in Los Angeles. Kate's Chink-O-Rama: featuring the chinkorama dancers is a New York city favorite at Joe's Pub at the Public Theater. Her follow up "Birth of a nASIAN" played at the Mark Taper Forum's Summerfest (developed at La Mama ETC, New York City), MACLA in San Jose, the New World Theater in Massachusetts, the Vancouver Comedy Festival, Women in Theater Conference Toronto, ConWorks Seattle, OutNorth Alaska, MACLA, CCE Portland and the Comedy Central Theater L.A as part of their 2007 season.
Kate has appeared on NBC Late Friday, CTV Women of The Night, NPR, CBC Radio, Sirius Radio, STAR TV, National Lampoon's International Comedy DVD, Comedy Central, SEX TV, PBS, Latin American TV, vH1, as well as being profiled in the film Race is the Place Alongside Amiri Baraka and Danny Hoch (aired at festivals and on PBS). She has produced numerous comedy shows for RIPE TV and Time Warner on demand, and The Naughty Show Bad Girls of Comedy Show, which is in international release on DVD by Eagle Rock Entertainment.
Her Hip Hop band, Slanty Eyed Mama has toured the US, Canada and Australia, notably at the Perth International Arts Festival in Australia, the Eurasian Nation Festival, the Asian Film Festival at University of Michigan, the A/PI heritage fest in Union Square NYC, LA's GRAND Performances at City Center, The Asian American Jazz Festival in Chicago, Girl Fest Hawaii, Soundfest NYC, The Philadelphia Fringe Fest and the Women in Performance Conference and the Smithsonian Institutes' keynote 2007 Asian Heritage Month Performance.
Kate was a 2004 New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) fellow as well as a 2005 NEA grant recipient to develop new work. In 2006 she won the Urban Arts Initiative Grant through the Asian American Arts Alliance, the Ludwig Vogelstein Award to develop new work and one of the Asian Women's Giving Circle's Inaugural Grants to Artists for her work in the Asian American community. She has been awarded grants and prizes by The Toronto Arts Council, The Canada Council, The PatsyLu Fund for Women in Music, Dixon Place, The Australia Council for the Arts, The Norma Epstein Foundation, The Juilliard School Interarts Program, and the University of Melbourne.
She recurs on Law and Order, Fox's Family Guy, and starred in the New York premieres of Dogeaters at the Public Theater, and BFE at Playwright's Horizons. Off Broadway she was in the Vagina Monologues at the Westside Theater, The Most Fabulous Story Every Told, at Minetta Lane and Sez She, at the Mark Taper Forum. She frequently hosts events, some of which include: The Coalition of Asian Children and Families Benefit (NYC), The Asian Women's Giving Circle Awards (NY), The Asian American Recovery Services Mentor Luncheon (San Francisco), The Sistering Shelter for Homeless Women Benefit (Toronto), Eurasian Nation's Launch Party (NY), Queen's Pride, The Dinah Shore Weekend VIP Pool Party, The Heritage of Pride NYC Rally, Bryant Park, The NYU Asian Heritage Month Fashion and Arts Show, the A/PI Heritage Month Conference Smith College, A/PI Heritage Month New York in Union Square Park. She has appeared on Damages, QVC, Hey Paula, TOP CHEF, Flavor of Love, Big Love, Reaper, Three's Company and Arrested Development. She has spoken or/written about Asian American culture and representation in: Time Magazine, The Globe and Mail, On and Off Magazine, BUST, The San Francisco Examiner, THIS Magazine, NOW Magazine, CBC Radio and A Magazine.
Beware; Kate could bring mayhem and the curse of laughter on your "small town" if she comes there.
Produced & Directed by Richard Currier. (Excerpt/Clips)
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