"America's First Hearing Impaired
Actress, Motivational Speaker, Humanitarian
Buckley is a four-time (1995-98) American Comedy Award Nominee as
Best Stand-Up Female Comedienne. In June of 1998, her highly acclaimed
autobiographical hit theater play, "Don't Buck With Me! - A One
Woman Show and Tale," enjoyed a three month return Los Angeles
engagement at the prestigious Tiffany Theater in West Hollywood,
Buck With Me!" first opened in February of 1997 at the Hollywood's
legendary Tamarind Theater. Following a run there, which began as four
weeks and ended after four months, both Kathy and the production were
recipients of a Los Angeles Theater Ovation Award for Best Writing of a
World Premiere Play or Musical; Drama-Logue Award for Best Writing and
Best Performance; and the Los Angeles entertainment industry's coveted
Media Access Award as Best Play of the Year. The project, chronicling
the comedienne's extraordinary life, was directed by veteran comedy
television director Sue Wolf, and marked Ms. Buckley's theatrical stage
debut as an actress, writer, and producer. As a result of the success of
"Don't Buck With Me!", Kathy's unlimited talents were
recognized by the producers of the hit CBS television series, "Touched
by an Angel," on which she made her guest starring debut as a
television actress in October of 1998.
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Success, however, in the theater or any other medium,
was far from mind the first time Kathy stood the world of comedy on its
ear. On a dare from a friend, she entered a comedy contest called,
"Stand-up Comic Take a Stand," in 1988. She was nervous. Not
because it was her first time performing comedy on a stage, or even the
fact that she couldn't hear the audience response except by vibration
from the stage floor. What made her nervous was discovering that she was
competing against comedians who had been in the business for years.
But, Kathy forged ahead, easily winning fourth place, and soon began
touring the U.S., playing major comedy venues like Caroline's (New York
City), Catch a Rising Star (Las Vegas, Reno), The Improv (West
Hollywood), The Ice House (Pasadena), The Comedy Store (Hollywood), The
Laugh Factory (Hollywood), and many others. In record time, she became
one of the most popular comediennes in the country with material based
on, among others things, her hearing loss. That impairment, however, is
only one of the many hurdles Kathy has encountered in her life. Her poor
performance in second grade landed her in a school for retarded and
physically impaired children. It took school administrators,
psychologists, and audiologists nearly a year to discover it was just a
hearing loss and not a lack of mental acuity that was impeding her
speech and language development. Today, Kathy shakes her head as she
quips to amazed audiences, "... And they called me slow?"
During her late teens, Kathy's life was interrupted
when she was run over by a jeep while sunbathing on a beach. As a
result, she experienced intermitted paralysis in her legs. Her recovery
took almost five years. Then, just six years later, she was diagnosed
with cervical cancer.
Undaunted, she has turned roadblocks into springboards, using her
personal experience as launching pads for humor and the education of
In 1992, she was selected from among hundreds of performers to showcase
her talents at The National Association for Campus Activities
Convention. That appearance made her a favorite of the college campus
Kathy's popular appeal, unique persona, and refreshing sense of humor
also attracted the attention of high profile comedy television shows,
entertainment news programs, and talk shows. She has been a guest on
"The Tonight Show - Starring Jay
Leno" and "The Howard Stern Show." She has been
featured in various national magazines including People as one of their
most touching stories of 1997, and profiled in depth on the "Today
Show," "Good Morning America," "CBS This Morning,"
"Entertainment Tonight," "Extra," "Inside
Edition," "Turner Entertainment Report," "CNN'S Show
Biz Today," "Real Life," "Live! With Regis and
Kathie Lee," "Phil Donahue," "Leeza," "Dr.
Ruth's Never Too Late," "Caryl & Marilyn," "Geraldo,"
"Mike & Maty," "Crook & Chase," "The
Tom Snyder Show," and the "KTLA Morning News."
She has appeared on "Stand-Up Spotlight"
(VH-1), "Comic Strip Live" (FOX), "Evening at the Improv"
(A&E), and "Caroline's Comedy Hour" (A&E), to name
just a few. She also served as celebrity guest host for Fox Television
Special, "Smart Kids," and made a cameo appearance in the ABC
Television Movie of the Week, "Breaking Free." She was
featured in the HBO Television Special, "Women of the Night,"
shot on location at the U.S. Comedy Festival in Aspen, Colorado, and was
included in the E! Entertainment Television Special, "The World's
Most Intriguing Women."
In one of her many special projects, Kathy was the focus of "I Can
Hear the Laughter," a 1991 Emmy award-winning documentary, and
although she regularly receives national media attention, Kathy
Buckley is more than just a popular comic. Her humor has a higher
purpose. "My comedy disarms people," says Kathy. "I love
to make people laugh, but I love it even more if I can teach them
something at the same time."
She backs her philosophy by tirelessly performing on behalf of nonprofit
and educational organizations such as The MDA
Jerry Lewis Muscular
Dystrophy Telethon, Children's Hospitals, and the Children's Miracle
Network Telethon, and numerous other causes.
Recently, Kathy was Mistress of Ceremonies at a
Permanent Charities annual fundraising gala featuring Quincy Jones,
Warren Beatty, and Chevy Chase. She has appeared in benefits with Bob
Hope, Nannette Fabray, Donald O'Connor, Phyllis
Diller, and Robert
Guillaume for The House Ear Institute in Los Angeles, the Alexander
Graham Bell Awards with Charlton Heston, and some of the most
prestigious theaters in the country, including the John F. Kennedy
Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C., the Flint Center for
the Performing Arts in Northern California, and the Wiltern Theater in
Among her many honors, Kathy Buckley has received the 1998 Woman
of The Year Award from the Oralingua School for the Hearing Impaired,
1997 American Hero Award from the City of Hope as their role model of
the year, the 1996 Toastmasters International Communication and
Leadership Award, the 1991 Dole Foundation Media Awareness Award for her
dedication to all people with disabilities, the National Council on
Communicative Disorders Individual Achievement Award, and the Hear Now
Hear America Hear award for her commitment to children.
She was also recognized by the U.S. Air Force and U.S.
Army for outstanding efforts toward disability employment awareness.
She is a key motivational speaker for Anthony Robbins' Life Mastery
Classes and works to entertain and enlighten people of all ages, but her
heart belongs to children. "Every child deserves to have a real
childhood," Kathy asserts. "And they should have healthy role
models to show them that people do care about them deeply."
Whether performing in a comedy club, guesting on television, speaking
publicly, teaching at camps for the deaf, or appearing in any number of
other settings, Kathy Buckley bears her message that anything can
be achieved when the heart and the mind work together.
What others say --
- "She has you crying one moment. The next you're
laughing. She brings down the house."
- "What a story! What a lady! One remarkable
Hollywood survivor. A tale of courage
from a silent world. Mesmerizing and humbling..."
Awards include --
- Five-time American Comedy Award Nominee as Best
Stand Up Female Comedienne
- Los Angeles Theater Ovation Award for Best Writing
of a World Premiere Play or Musical
- DRAMA-LOGUE Award for Best Writing and Best
- Media Access Award -- Best Play of the Year
- 1998 Woman of The Year Award from the Oralingua
School for the Hearing Impaired
- 1997 American Hero Award from the City of Hope
- 1996 Toastmasters International Communication and
- 1991 Dole Foundation Media Awareness Award
- National Council on Communicative Disorders
Individual Achievement Award
- Hear Now Hear America Hear award for her commitment
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