Martha Kelly has taken the comedy world by surprise with her celebrated performance on the FX show Baskets. A self-professed non-actor, Kelly has performed stand-up on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and Comedy Central. She’s lived in Austin off and on for the past two decades and won the Funniest Person in Austin contest in 2000. She’ll also be performing stand-up at Moontower this year. Here Kelly discusses her love of animals, L.A.’s late-Nineties stand-up scene and improvising with Zach Galifianakis and Louie Anderson.
I know you’re a big animal person. Tell me about your first pet.
I had pets growing up but I wasn’t a great animal person then, so it might be less sad to tell you what my first pet was as an adult. There was a lady in the neighborhood who had kittens. I said I’d go look at them but changed my mind since I didn’t think I was ready to have pets. I went to her house to tell her I couldn’t take the kitten, and then I ended up taking two of them. Continue reading