She'll gladly "Yank Your Chain!"
A day in the life of former New York City waitress, comedian, Kate Rigg. This clip is from "her act" filmed at Joe's Pub at the Public Theater, New York City.
Originally from Canada and Australia, Kate currently resides in LA. Kate's comedy career began after she graduated with an acting degree from The Juilliard School. The allure of 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, edgy socio-political commentary, Asian American slanted jokes, and in your face dirty girl talk. She has brought this funky urban Asian sensibility to The Kennedy Center, The Smithsonian Institute, Chicago Museum of Modern Art, and The Public Theater... (to name a few).
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. This show "Kate's Chink-O-Rama: featuring the chinkorama dancers" is a New York city favorite at Joe's Pub at the Public Theater, and has toured extensively to comedy festivals, colleges and special events around the Country. Her follow up "Birth of a nASIAN" a collection of characters, stand up and trip hop spoken word, was part of the Mark Taper Forum's Summerfest, was developed at La Mama ETC, New York City, then toured to MACLA in San Jose, and 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.
As a standup, 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 Nuyorasian Hip Hop band, Slanty Eyed Mama, (with electric violinist Lyris Hung) 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. Kate's band continues to bust out the funky urban Asian rhymes on stages all over America. They were recently invited to play at 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
As an actor 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 also seen in the Vagina Monologues at the Westside Theater, The Most Fabulous Story Every Told, at Minetta Lane, Sez She, at the Mark Taper Forum. She frequently hosts events and benefits, 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,
Kate has spoken on/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. Catch her on Dr. Phil.