Kate McLennan

Kate McLennan

Kate McLennan is an award-winning comedian, actress and writer. She is the co-writer of The Katering Show, where she plays an intolerable foodie alongside her food intolerant mate, Kate McCartney. The show launched on YouTube in February 2015, clocking up millions of views and in April 2016 the Kates returned with a fresh new season of the hit series premiering on ABC iView. To date, it has attracted over 4 million views and 60 000 subscribers. The pair have also written Bleak which originally launched in 2014 on YouTube before it was made into a TV pilot for ABC’s Comedy Showroom in 2016.

Her TV appearances include Ricketts Lane, It’s a Date, Comedy Up Late, Winners & Losers, House Husbands, SlideShow, Offspring, The Project and The Mansion. Her voice features in the animations 1001 Nights, Dogstar, The Flamin’ Thongs, Wakkaville and Exchange Student Zero.

Kate has appeared in thirteen Melbourne International Comedy Festivals and has performed stand-up comedy throughout Australia and in the UK, US, Hong Kong and Singapore. Kate has also toured India with the Melbourne Comedy Festival where she hosted the Roadshow and RAW Comedy Competition.

Kate McLennan

Awards & Nominations

Golden Gibbo Nominee – MICF for Standard Double 2013
Kit Denton Disfellowship Winner – for Bleak, 2012
The Age M-IE Comedy Rising Star Award Winner 2011
Barry Award Nominee – MICF for The Debutante Diaries. 2007
Winner Best Comedy and Emerging Artist Award- Melbourne Fringe for The Debutante Diaries 2006
Best Comedy Nominee – SA Theatre Guide Awards for The Debutante Diaries 2007
Best Actress Nominee – Short and Sweet Festival 2007

 

Television

THE KATERING SHOW (Series 1 & 2)
Co-Host. Dir: Kate McCartney & Kate McLennan, Katering Productions 2015-2016
COMEDY SHOWROOM: BLEAK (Short)
Role: Anna O’Brien. Dir: Kate McCartney, ABC TV 2016
RICKETTS LANE
Role: Megan. Dir: Jonathan Brough, SP Ricketts Pty Ltd 2015
WINNERS & LOSERS (Series 4)
Role: Kathryn Piper. Dir: Pino Amenta, Seven Network 2014
HOUSE HUSBANDS (Series 3)
Role: Skye. Dir: Grant Brown, Playmaker HH3 SPV Pty Limited 2014
BLEAK: THE WEB SERIES
Role: Anna. Lead Balloon Productions / Princess Pictures 2014
SLIDESHOW
Guest. Shine Australia, Network 7, 2013
IT’S A DATE
Role: Jessica. Dir: Jonathan Brough & Peter Helliar, Princess Pictures 2013
THE PROJECT
Metro Whip. Roving Enterprises, Network Ten, 2012
LIVE FROM PLANET EARTH
Principal cast. Dir: Ben Elton, Fremantle Media Australia Pty Ltd 2010
OFFSPRING
Role: Waitress. Dir: Kate Dennis, Southern Star/John Edwards 2010
MORDY KOOTS (Web)
Role: Longbottom. Dir: Clayton Jacobson, MogieVille Pty Ltd
KINDER SURPRISE (Pilot)
Role: Heidi. Dir: Fiona Harris & Kate McLennan
THE LOGIES (Sketch)
Various. Dir: Dan Ilic & Michael Chamberlin, Stagetime Productions 2009
THE MANSION
Lead cast. Dir: Dan Ilic, Comedy Channel & Stagetime 2008
VULTURE
Ensemble. Dir. John Paul Tansey, ABC Television 2006
THE NATION
Dir:  Adrian Dellevergin, Molloy Boy Productions
GET NICKED
Pilot #2. Dir: Ted Emery, Go Films 2006
LET LOOSE LIVE
Lead Cast. Dir. Ted Emery, Southern Star Ruby
THE BACKWARDS FRONT
Dir: Josh Cameron, The Six & Channel 31 2004
STINGERS
Dir: Steve Mann, Beyond Simpson le Mesurier 2003
SECRET LIFE OF US
Dir: Kate Dennis, Southern Star

 

Film

KWIKFIX (short)
Role: Samara. Dir. Kelly Hucker, VCA
4 MINUTES OF FAME (short)
Role: Carla. Dir. Emily Owens, Colour Me TV
ALL THE WAY TO THE TOP (short)
Role: Hayley. Dir. Joelene Crnogorac, Bidiffy Productions 2007

 

Stage

STANDARD DOUBLE
With Wes Snelling. Dir: Mark Watson, Moosehead Awarded. MICF 2013
HOMEWARD BOUND
Solo show. Dir Celia Pacquola, Token Events 2012
COMEDY FESTIVAL ROADSHOW

Performer. Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2012
WOMEN OF LETTERS
Performer. Dir: Marieke Hardy & Michaela McGuire 2012
HOMEWARD BOUND
Solo show. Melbourne Fringe Festival 2011
I COULDA BEEN A SAILOR
Role: Nelly Thomas. Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2010
LIVIN’ THE DREAM
Performer/Writer. Dir Roz Hammond, Harris & McLennan
DEAD RIVER ENSEMBLE
Lead cast. Dir. Fiona Harris, Pregnant Goldfish Productions 2009
THE ENTHUSIASTS
Solo show. Dir. Joelene Crnogorac, Pregnant Goldfish
THE DEBUTANTE DIARIES
Solo show. Dir Fiona Harris, Pregnant Goldfish, National Tour
SHORT AND SWEET
Dir: Joelene Crnogorac, Pregnant Goldfish Productions
BEACONSFIELD THE MUSICAL
Cast. Dir: Luke Joslin, Downwind Media, Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2008
DUST
Dir: Donna Jackson, Hubcap Productions 2008
THE ENTHUSIASTS
Solo Show.  Dir: Joelene Crnogorac, MICF
THE DEBUTANTE DIARIES
Solo Show. Dir: Fiona Harris, MICF Adelaide Fringe, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Fringe, Hothouse Theatre Comedy Festival 2007
ALL THE WAY TO THE TOP
Dir: Joelene Crnogorac, Short & Sweet Festival
THE DEBUTANTE DIARIES
Solo Show. Dir: Fiona Harris, Melbourne Fringe 2006
THE WRONG NIGHT
Ensemble. Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2006
OUTLOOKERS
Dir: Russell Fletcher, Arena Theatre Company
HOT WAXXXX
Dir: Susan Ellis, She’s Crafty 2005
HENPECKED
Ensemble. Dir: Catherine Green, MICF 2005
TOTAL ENTERTAINMENTS
Dir: Kate Gorman, Baby Banksia for Melbourne Fringe 2003
THE 666
Dir: Jon Stephens, MICF
THE SIX
Dir: Daniel Tusia, MICF 2002
THE HINDSIGHT PROPHECIES
Dir: Michael Broadstock, MIC

 

Voice Credits

1001 NIGHTS
Role: Peribanu. Chocolate Liberation Front Pty Ltd 2015
THE FLAMIN’ THONGS

Role: Narelle. Media World Productions 2012
DOGSTAR (Series 1, 2 & 3)
Role: Simone. Media World Productions 2005 -2010
WAKKAVILLE
Role: Missy. Ettamogah Productions 2008-2009
PLAYGROUND
Role: Ruby. ABC Kids
RUBBERY FINGERS
Various Roles. Nicholson Cartoons 2007
THE NOCABOUTS (PILOT)
Various Roles. Media World Pictures 2006

 

Writing

THE KATERING SHOW
Dir: Kate McCartney & Kate McLennan, Katering Productions 2015-2016
STANDARD DOUBLE (STAGE)

Dir: Mark Watson, McLennan & Snelling 2013
FUNNY BUGGERS
Penguin (Contributing writer) 2011
BLEAK
Television concept development, McCartney & McLennan
HOMEWARD BOUND (STAGE)
Dir. Celia Pacquola, Pocket Rocket Production
PRINCESS BITCHFACE (TV)
Script development workshop & ep plot, Lets Talk Productions
BED OF ROSES (TV)
Contributing writer episode plot (9 & 10, Ser 3) Ruby Entertainment
UNTITLED (TV)
Script development workshop & ep plots, Southern Star – John Edwards
VICROADS (ONLINE)
Sketch writer, Motion Picture Company
LIVIN’ THE DREAM (STAGE)
Co-writer, Harris & McLennan
DEAD RIVER (STAGE)
Writer, Melbourne Fringe
SLICES (TV – PILOT)
Co-writer & script editor, Harris & McLennan
THE MANSION (TV)
Sketch writer, Stagetime Productions
THE ENTHUSIASTS (STAGE)
Writer, Melb Int Comedy Festival
THE DEBUTANTE DIARIES (STAGE)
Writer, Melb Int Comedy Festival & National Tour, Ed Fringe.
LET LOOSE LIVE (TV)
Sketch writer, Southern Star Ruby
HENPECKED (STAGE)
Co-writer, Melb Int Comedy Festival
THE 5TH DEMENTIA (STAGE)
Sketch writer, Melbourne Fringe

 

Training

2010 – Current – Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing – RMIT University
1998-2000 – Bachelor of Arts – Theatre Performance, University of Ballarat (BAPA)

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