Comedian Laurie Kilmartin has been knee-deep in some of America's greatest comedy scenes for close to 20 years. The San Francisco native and former competitive swimmer first took the standup plunge in her hometown before heading to New York. Life in the Big Apple was a bit of a change from northern California. "One of my roommates was a prostitute and a temp," she tells audiences. "When I first moved in she said, 'Laurie, turning tricks isn't enough money in this town, you have to know Word and Excel.'" Kilmartin argues that prostitution should be legal, as it performs a valuable service for women. "Prostitutes have sex with creepy guys so the rest of us won't have to," she explains. "Every time I see a prostitute, I tip her 10 bucks and tell her, 'Thanks for taking one for the team. Better you for $50 than me for free.'" Having entertained audiences all over the world (folks in the U.K. find her particularly hilarious), she now lives in Los Angeles and writes for several TV shows, including the Conan O'Brien Show. 18+.
March 15-19, 8 p.m.; March 18-19, 10:30 p.m., 2011