Kathleen McDonald is a rising comedian, storyteller, producer, and teacher based in Chapel Hill, NC. She has opened for Cameron Esposito in the first stop of her “Person of Consequence Tour” at the Pinhook in 2018 and Emo Philips in the North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival in 2017. She has also performed in the North Carolina Comedy Festival in 2018 and the Washington Comedy Festival in 2018. As one of “founding sisters” of Eyes Up Here Comedy, she regularly performs and produces showcases which primarily feature female-identifying line-ups in sold out shows all around North Carolina. She is the founder of the “Women Do Standup” workshops which are aimed at mentoring and supporting aspiring female-identifying and non-binary comics. Many of the “Women Do Standup” comics have gone from being complete beginners to comedians regularly performing on local open mics and showcases. She has been involved with many other projects including producing and hosting numerous local open mics, working as a writer and performer on the Alex Fanning show which aired on the People’s Channel in 2015, and performing on countless showcases around the state from Asheville to Wilmington. Her jokes center around her personal experiences from the light and relatable to dark and bizarre focusing on destigmatizing mental illness, demystifying the female experience, and embracing the day-to-day absurdities. Currently, she works as a teacher, producer, and performer at The PIT-Chapel Hill. She holds her Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.