Laurie Kilmartin

Laurie Kilmartin is stand up comedian and an Emmy-nominated, WGA award-winning comedy writer. She was a staff writer for all 11 years of CONAN on TBS, and has performed standup on CONAN, Late Late Show w/ James Corden, and Comedy Central. She was a Top 10 finalist on season 9 of NBC’s Last Comic Standing, and has been a guest on Marc Maron’s WTF 3 times. She is the author of Dead People Suck, a comedic memoir about grief, and Shitty Mom- NY Times bestselling comedy about parenting. Her special 45 Jokes About My Dead Dad, was named Vulture’s Top Ten Comedy Specials of 2016. In 2022, she was a guest in the “Comedy” episode of Hillary Clinton’s Apple TV series Gutsy. Her new special “Cis Woke Grief Slut,” taped at Hollywood’s El Portal Theater, is available on all platforms.

Guest Appearances

April 1, 2024

This week, comedian and writer Laurie Kilmartin joins the show to discuss Jeff Carpoff, a free-wheeling drug dealer who rose to become a millionaire by dealing in solar generators that were sold everywhere from NASCAR to Hollywood.

November 7, 2021

Comedian extraordinaire Laurie Kilmartin joins Scott to talk about her new stand-up album “Corset,” some of her signature pieces writing on Conan, and where she started doing stand-up. Then, local grocery Albert Roe returns to talk about the seasonal items over at Kissy’s Grocery Store. Later, fashion designer Sammy Samantha stops by to discuss getting into menswear. Plus, Justin the Pickup artist drops by to share some pickup tips.

September 20, 2021

Writer and Comedian Laurie Kilmartin joins Andy Richter to talk about getting started in standup, writing for Conan, the loss of her parents, and more.

June 16, 2020

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This week Laurie presents stand-up sets from Conan in 2010 and 2011, including sets from Ron Funches, Tig Notaro, Kumail Nanjiani, Amy Schumer, and Reggie Watts.

May 21, 2020

Conan writer Laurie Kilmartin joins Conan writers Mike Sweeney and Jessie Gaskell to talk about what it’s like doing stand-up sets all over the world using Zoom, the current writing process for Conan at Home, getting into anime with her son, and listener advice on how to dip into the comedy world.

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October 24, 2019

Actress and comedian Laura Kightlinger (PEN15, Will & Grace) and Conan writer Laurie Kilmartin join Conan writers Mike and Jessie to talk about Laurie’s new Stitcher Premium podcast “Best Of Stand-Up From Conan”, Laura’s stand-up set from the 1993-1994 season that was featured on the podcast, Laura’s start in stand-up in Boston, Laura’s dinner date with Larry David, and more.

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