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Kate Hess was raised on an island in the Pacific Northwest but possesses none of the interest in the outdoors that such an upbringing would suggest. She prefers to stay inside with her true loves; television costume dramas and mystery novels. In 2012 these loves combined when she created her one lady Masterpiece Theatre parody Murder Abbey which ran at the UCB in N.Y. and L.A. Murder Abbey was named one of the top Downton Abbey parodies in The Daily Beast and called a "cri-de-coeur" by June Thomas of Slate. Murder Abbey was recommended by WhereLA Magazine, LAI'mYours.com, LAist, The New York Times and Time Out New York. In New York she was a member of the UCB Maude team Neighbor Boy and also wrote and starred in the The Palin Family All Star Revue and Election Spectacular and We Kate Shelly which Time Out NY called "silly, adroit and unique all at once". She has also performed in Gravid Water with Jason Sudeikis and Scott Adsit. She trained in long form improvisation at UCB and studied acting at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London.
Her videos have appeared on Funny or Die, College Humor and Channel 101. In 2010 her lifelong dream came true when she appeared on Law and Order: SVU with Ice-T (and met Coco!!!). She's also appeared in a Comedy Central promo with Mike Birbiglia, on the sitcom Love, Inc. and in Children's Hospital.