Last night, Kate Clinton performed in UMKC’s Pierson Auditorium. Co-sponsored by Willow Productions and the Women’s Center, the event drew more than 300 people to campus. The publicity for this event described Kate as a “faith-based, tax-paying, America-loving political humorist and family entertainer”, but in Kate’s own words, she is a “fumerist” or feminist humorist, set out to prove that lesbians can be funny.
Last night’s show did not disappoint the mostly female audience. Kate’s jokes were hilarious, current, and thought provoking. She has a keen way of stating the obvious, pointing out ironies, and poking fun at hypocrisies that have you doubled over in laughter one minute, but later analyzing the absurdities. And that’s what makes comedy like Kate Clinton’s great: she uses humor to bring attention to tension on issues like homosexuality, feminism, religion, or politics to spur further discussion and activism. And although, Kate’s show last night was preaching to the choir, it never hurts to get a reminder sermon every once in a while.
Below is Kate Clinton’s tribute to Mary Daly. A radical feminist philosopher, academic, and theologian, Mary Daly was known to stir up controversies at her own institution, Boston College, and among other feminists. She died recently at the age of 81.