Comedian Laurie Kilmartin mentions Canadian scientist Yvonne Brill immediately when asked about her heroes. "I love old people who died with a kick-ass obituary," she explains. Comedy may not be rocket science, but it's worth noting that NASA has a higher percentage of female astronauts than late-night TV has of female writers. Kilmartin is one of the exceptional few. The Conan writer may be best known as a finalist on season seven of NBC's Last Comic Standing, but she boasts a lengthy and diverse list of television appearances, including Jimmy Kimmel Live, Fox & Friends, and The Rachel Maddow Show. Kilmartin performs standup without pretense or gimmickry, and while her jokes are consistently solid and biting, she may be at her best when mixing it up with audiences. "A comedy club is one of the only places where people of different classes, races, sexuality, and gender show up, sit, and enjoy something together," she says. In addition to cranking out several dozen monologue jokes per day, Kilmartin found time in the last year to write her first book, Sh*tty Mom (Abrams Image), in which she chronicles her hilarious journey through the "despair, fury, and loneliness that comes from mothering." Acme is one of only a handful of clubs that Kilmartin's busy schedule allows her to play in a year, for which Minneapolis comedy fans can consider themselves lucky. 18+.
April 16-20, 8 p.m.; April 19-20, 10:30 p.m., 2013