Kelly Monteith has a been a comedian for more than twenty-five years. Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, he migrated west to attend the famed Pasadena Playhouse College of Theater Arts where he graduated with a theater degree. Afterward, he took his classical theatrical training and put it to practical use– working as a comedian in strip clubs.
Although strip clubs were not the most conducive environment to creative development, they did teach Mr. Monteith the survival skills to succeed in stand-up. After a few years, he began working the Playboy Clubs. While there, he made his national television debut on the Mike Douglas Show, which led to Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show, where he made numerous appearances.
His many TV appearances led to The Kelly Monteith Show on CBS, and to No Holds Barred, a late night show. He also appeared in every major hotel in Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe and Reno, plus theaters throughout the United States and Canada, working with performers such as Bill Cosby, Loretta Lynn, Aretha Franklin, and Diana Ross.
Two highly successful appearances on The Des O’Connor Show, a British “Talk” show, led to his own series on the BBC, which he created, wrote and starred in. During that time he toured the UK, selling-out concerts in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. Upon the completion of the six-year run of his TV show, he performed a one-man show in London’s West End, the British equivalent to Broadway.
Returning to the U.S. with a wife and new baby, Monteith hit the road again, working comedy clubs, theaters and cruise ships, sandwiched between appearances with Jay Leno and David Letterman, hosting The Hit Squad, the precursor of America’s Funniest Home Videos.
Mr. Monteith continues to tour extensively. He recently finished principal photography on A Lousy Ten Grand, a feature film which he wrote, directed and starred in. It’s scheduled for release later this year.