Karen Kilgariff

Karen Kilgariff

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Karen Kilgariff

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Born (1970-05-11) May 11, 1970 (age 48)
Petaluma, California, U.S.
Nationality American
Years active 1990–present
Notable works and roles My Favorite Murder Podcast Co-Host

Karen Kilgariff (born May 11, 1970 in Petaluma, California) is an American writer, comedian, singer, author, actor, television producer, and podcast host known for her work on the podcast My Favorite Murder and the Glasgow-set situation comedy The Book Group.[1]

Early life[edit]

Karen Kilgariff grew up outside of Petaluma, California with her older sister, father who was a firefighter, and mother who was a psychiatric nurse.[2]


Karen Kilgariff started out as a stand-up comedian in Sacramento in the 1990s. She went on to land comedy roles on televions, included being a cast member on seasons 3 and 4 of Mr. Show.[3] She would later appear in the 2015 reboot, W/ Bob & David, as well.[4]

In 2003 she was hired by Ellen DeGeneres to help write for her comedy special, Ellen DeGeneres: Here and Now. Kilgariff later toured with Degeneres as her opening act.[5] Kilgarrif was then named head writer for the day time talk show The Ellen DeGeneres Show which launched in September 2003.[6] She occasionally appeared on screen in sketches and other segments. She was also part of a comic duo (with Mary Lynn Rajskub) called Girls Guitar Club.

Kilgariff served as the head writer for The Rosie Show, which aired on the Oprah Winfrey Network. She later served as the head writer for The Pete Holmes Show, which aired on TBS.[7]

In 2014, she started a podcast with comedian Chris Fairbanks called Do You Need A Ride?.[8] The podcast originally took place entirely in a car while Karen and Chris drove their guest around, sometimes picking them up or dropping them off at the airport. However, citing safety concerns, they now sometimes record in the All Things Comedy studio. That same year she recorded a musical comedy album Live at the Bootleg.[9]

In 2016, she and Georgia Hardstark started the true crime podcast My Favorite Murder,[10] in which they discuss various infamous murders and serial killers. Since its inception, the podcast has garnered a large fan base, ranking number one on the iTunes comedy podcast list in May 2016.[10]

She also wrote for and starred in truTV‘s Talk Show: The Game Show and produced Making History on FOX Broadcasting Company.

Personal life[edit]

Kilgariff does not drink alcohol, and has been open about her past struggles with abuse of the drug speed and diet pills. In an interview with Marc Maron for his WTF podcast, she said she stopped using drugs and alcohol completely after she began having seizures, fearing her drug use had been the cause.[1] Kilgariff married at age 32 and is now divorced.[11]

Actress (17 credits)
 2018 Craig of the Creek (TV Series)

The Curse (2018) … Tabitha (voice)
 2016 Another Period (TV Series)
Abortion Deb

Harvard (2016) … Abortion Deb
 2015 W/ Bob and David (TV Series)
Extra Beatle Fan

Episode #1.2 (2015) … Extra Beatle Fan
 2014 Maron (TV Series)

The Mom Situation (2014) … Nurse
 2010 I Confess (TV Movie)
Karen Kilgariff
 2003 The Book Group (TV Series)
Jean Pettengill

A’salaam Insha’lah (2003) … Jean Pettengill
Research (2003) … Jean Pettengill
Drowning (2003) … Jean Pettengill
You Must Change Your Life (2003) … Jean Pettengill
Hunger (2003) … Jean Pettengill
 2002 Punch-Drunk Love
Anna (voice)
 2001 The Girls Guitar Club (Short)
 2001 Late Friday (TV Series)
Girls Guitar Club

Episode #1.21 (2001) … Girls Guitar Club
Episode #1.1 (2001) … Girls Guitar Club
 1997-1998 Mr. Show with Bob and David (TV Series)

Sad Songs Are Nature’s Onions (1998) … Various
Like Chickens… Delicious Chickens (1998) … Various (uncredited)
Show Me Your Weenis! (1998) … Various
 1998 Super Adventure Team (TV Series)
Talia Criswell (voice, as Barbara St. Bill)
 1997 Tenacious D: The Complete Master Works (TV Series)

The Search for Inspirado (1997) … Waitress (uncredited)
 1997 Jenny (TV Series)
Sales Clerk

A Girl’s Gotta Pierce (1997) … Sales Clerk
 1996 Wings (TV Series)
Tammy Todd

Wingless: Part 2 (1996) … Tammy Todd
 1996 Cybill (TV Series)

Cybill Does Diary (1996) … Chef
 1995 The Drew Carey Show (TV Series)

Nature Abhors a Vacuum (1995) … Pam
Miss Right (1995) … Pam



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