Keynote: The Extraordinarily Ordinary Human

A session at American Humanist Association 74th Annual Conference

Sunday 10th May, 2015

10:30am to 12:00pm (MST)

Through family stories and personal revelations, Kelly Carlin reveals how she’s discovered a sense of self-acceptance and purpose by fully embracing both the extraordinary and ordinary aspects of her life. Having navigated through the perils and joys of having a famous father, George Carlin, Kelly reveals how accepting the impermanent and imperfect aspects of being human has lead her to find the strength, joy and contentment she’d always been looking for.


Kelly Carlin is an author, speaker, performer and radio host. She began her dream of a showbiz life as a child while watching her dad take the stage everywhere from college campuses to Carnegie Hall. In her mid-20s while getting her B.A. in Communications at UCLA , Kelly discovered her voice as a writer, which lead her to a brief career in her 30s writing for film and TV with her writing partner and second husband Robert McCall. In the late 1990s, Kelly pursued her craft through various media such as writing/producing/hosting “Lost in LA LA Land” on the earliest online comedy channel Comedynet, and writing/performing her one-woman show “Driven To Distraction.”

In 2001, after two decades in “the biz”, Kelly stepped away to investigate the deeper nature of the human psyche by studying psychology and mythology and receiving her masters in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute.

Currently Kelly’s conversations with iconic comedians can be heard on The Kelly Carlin Show on SiriusXM’s Raw Dog channel. Her weekly podcast “Waking from the American Dream” on smodcast.com is where she gets to dig into the depth of the comedy and tragedy of life with an eclectic list of guests. She is also selling out theaters nationally with her highly acclaimed one-woman show, “A Carlin Home Companion” about navigating through her life in the shadow of her father. And in September 2015, her memoir, also titled A Carlin Home Companion, will be published by St. Martin’s Press. You can follow her on Twitter at @Kelly_Carlin, and find out more about her at www.kellycarlin.com.

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Time 10:30am12:00pm MST

Date Sun 10th May 2015

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