Kelly McDonald is a performer who personifies “classy” humor. In a business filled with “shock comics” who rely on material of questionable taste, Kelly is a refreshing exception. He proves it’s possible to create humor without taking cheap shots for easy laughs.
A self-confessed “nice boy from a good home”, McDonald hails from Genesee, a small town (or as Kelly’s Dad describes it, a “sleepy little burg”) in the farmlands of Western New York State. In 1970, he left home to study at New York State University, Cortland. Following graduation, he moved to Las Vegas. Here, in America’s entertainment and convention capital, he began his career as a humorist.
As his reputation grew, television beckoned and Kelly headed for Los Angeles. A guest shot on “The Merv Griffin Show” led to a booking with Johnny Carson on “The Tonight Show”. Soon after, he began making regular appearances on “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno.
Kelly’s in-concert credits include performances with musical acts Jerry Lee Lewis and Steve Winwood. He’s also appeared with a host of comedy’s greatest, from Steve Allen to Jerry Seinfeld.
Kelly lives in Las Vegas with his wife Ann and his two sons, Cody and Spencer.
Due to the non-offensive nature of his show, Kelly is a top choice among convention planners. Companies who have employed his talents include Ford, GTE, DIAL, FED EX and Bank of America.