About Katie Wilbert
Katie Wilbert is a part of the SLASH generation. She’s an accomplished actress/ writer/ singer/ songwriter/ comedian/ director/ producer/ great at parallel parking/ did makeup for that commercial once…
The only thing she can’t do this stage is Neuro Surgery, but she certainly wouldn’t back down from the challenge! (…she would…she definitely would back down, she’d never be able to cut into a brain…she’s a fainter.)
Katie was born and raised in Sacramento, CA. As a teenager she split her time between taking AP courses and performing as a company member at The Sacramento Theatre Company (2004-2008.) With Sacramento Theatre Co., Katie was one of few actors invited by the Mayor of Delphi to travel to Greece to perform an original rock-musical, “The Tale.”
Katie is a graduate of UCB, The Groundlings, and The Second City.
Once again living the dual life of student & performer, Katie moved to Huntington Beach (her second home-town) and attended California State University, Long Beach. She received her degree with honors in Human Development & Child Development Studies, all while making the prickly commute into LA to study and perform comedy.
In 2010 Katie began studying improv/sketch comedy with The Groundlings, The Second City and The Upright Citizens Brigade. She graduated both The Second City Improv Conservatory program, and the Directing Program. As a graduate of The Second City, Katie wrote/directed/produced/starred (there’s those slashes again) in countless original comedy shows. She recently starred as Chelsea Clinton in the main stage production, President Hillary.
Katie is in the last level of the performance program at The Groundlings, home to such comedic veterans as Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, and Melissa McCarthy.
Katie wrote, directed & starred in a one-woman ninja musical, which was rewarded with a Fringe Top Pick at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, 2013.
Eager to find a way to incorporate all of her talents, Katie began writing a one-woman musical. In December 2012, she premiered “This Life Chose Me: A Ninja Musical,” at the Improv Olympic West Comedy Theatre in Los Angeles. Katie and her one-woman ninja musical were invited to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2013. There, she performed her originally written/scored/directed/ (she is now considering being the ambassador for the slash generation…) musical for international audiences in Scotland, met with rave reviews.
In 2013, Katie independently released her first originally written single, “Selfish,” on iTunes. Following this, Katie released “Good Girl and the Outlaw,” and “Think of Me.” Upon the success of her singles, having both an American and New Zealand audience, Katie was invited to perform at Rhythm & Vines Music Festival in Gisborne, New Zealand. (the largest music festival in Australia/Asia. 70,000 people were present.) She performed both her original songs and as female lead vocals for the kiwi band “Black Bird.”
In 2014, Katie was hired as the lead singer for The Eddie Mantello Band, and independently released two EPs, “Heal” and “For Never.” During this time Katie also appeared in the horror film, “Beginner’s Guide to Snuff,” starring True Detective stars Luke Edwards and Bree Williamson.
Katie won Best Supporting Actress at the IndieFest Film Awards
In 2014, Katie began performing stand up comedy around LA, her debut show at The Second City. She has since gone on to host monthly Ladies Stand Up Nights at The Second City stage. Katie also formed a musical comedy duo, “JK Comedy,” with fellow funny lady, Jessie Sherman. Similar in scope to “Garfunkle & Oats,” or “Lonely Island,” JK Comedy tackles real life issues with deliciously catchy melodies and comedic music videos. Their first comedy single, “Are We Dating or Are We Just Friends,” went viral and received nominations and wins for Best Comedic Short at the IndieFilm Fest Awards (2015) and the Los Angeles Short Film Festival (2016).
Partnering up with Jessie Sherman and Laura Holliday, another comedic video went viral with the FunnyOrDie exclusive video, “Sad Lonely Girl,” nominated for Best Comedic Short in the Make Em Laff competition, as part of the LA Film Festival.
Katie spent 2015 writing like a mad woman. Having created the production company, Happy Wife, INC., with her writing & producing partner, Kimberley Crossman, she has put pen to paper and hasn’t stopped.
As Katie splits her time between acting, writing, and musical comedy, she also works for the AfterBuzz TV Network, created by E!’s Maria Menunos. There she hosts the after shows for, “Saturday Night Live,” Netflix’s “Marco Polo,” and “Kevin From Work.”
Other fun stuff?
In early 2015 Katie co-created, wrote and starred in the on-going HBO Girls parody Doing a Dunham. Following this, she co-wrote/produced/starred in the series, Terrible HR, with her comedy writing partner, Amy Maestri. (Together they are the production team: Terrible Human Productions.)
Katie can be seen performing comedy live around LA, as well as regular videos online (YouTube and FunnyOrDie.com). Her “JK Comedy” album will be released in 2016.
With her production company, Happy Wife, Inc., Katie has written and produced a new Batman parody series called, Bats, to be released March, 2016. Happy Wife, INC also has a pilot in the works!
Keep updated on Katie by joining her mailing list, or following her on her various social media pages:
Youtube: www.youtube.com/katiewilbert , www.youtube.com/happywifeinc , www.youtube.com/terriblehuman , www.youtube.com/JKComedy