Before she began her career as a traveling, gender-queer comic, Kelli Dunham attempted to start her adult life as a nun. But she managed to flunk out of aspirancy training and wound up embracing her sexuality as a comic instead.
According to Dunham's biography on her website:
Because she 'had insufficient docility,' 'too much self-esteem,' and 'walked like [her] shoulders were angry' (all direct quotes from the nuns) Kelli was held back in aspirancy for 12 months, the convent equivalent of flunking preschool six times.”
The Wisconsin native has appeared on Showtime and the Discovery Channel, and she's authored four humorous, non-fiction books. She performs her traveling comedy show in places as diverse as the Beltane Pagan Sexuality Conference and the corporate headquarters of Citibank. But tonight, Dunham will perform at the Memphis Gay & Lesbian Community Center at 7 p.m. The show is free, but donations will be collected to help Dunham get to her next stop.