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Kelly McCaughan: Catholic Guilt

Kelly McCaughan


Categories: Theater, Comedy & Improv

Dates: September 18, 2023 - September 26, 2023

Run Time: 60 mins

Venue: MAAS Building Studio


Kelly McCaughan (HBO, Apple TV+) presents Catholic Guilt. Does daddy Jesus’s naked body on the cross make you wet? So will this show (no, seriously – there’s water). So put on your waterproof panties and get ready to unpack losing our virginity in the most holy way, abortion, a bowling experience that leads to eternal damnation, and the list goes on…Through audience participation, cringey personal recounts, and stand-up adjacent clowny performance, Kelly’s poignant, subversive, hilarious show exposes the impossible standards of the Catholic church. This show is for anyone who wants to release shame and guilt surrounding religion. We will laugh, we will sin, will we make it to hell together? 

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About the Artist

Kelly McCaughan (she/her) is an actor, writer, comedian, clown, and theater-maker. After graduating with a B.A. in theater from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, she moved to Philadelphia to dip her toes into the theater and comedy scene. There, she started doing comedy with her award-winning sketch comedy group, High Dramma. They went on to participate in multiple sketchfests including NYC, Montreal, Philly, Pittsburgh, and Baltimore. She branched out to create her own work and her solo show, Catholic Guilt (writer, producer, actor), was featured at The Wilma Theater's Crush Series and had multiple sold out runs. Catholic Guilt will have a full run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August of 2023 and with the legendary Underbelly. She was most recently seen as Martha in the world premiere of Plum Bun with EgoPo Classic Theater and Dolly right before that in One Man, Two Guvnors at Delaware Theater Company. Other favorite credits include: Woman in Yellow House in Dan Kitrosser's world premiere of Hannah and The Healing Stone (Terra Nova Collective), Thersites in Troilus and Cressida (Revolution Shakespeare), The Maid in La Ronde (Die-Cast), Katerina in Delirium (EgoPo Classic Theater). She has been a creator in multiple devised theater projects and continues to create her own work. She studied clown with the world renowned Aitor Basauri, Bouffon with the critically acclaimed Eric Davis, and Improv at Upright Citizens Brigade. She made her television debut on HBO’s Crashing, and just finished a role on M. Night Shyamalan’s Servant (Apple TV+). IG: Kelly_mccaughan -


  • Kyle MetzgerDirector
  • Chris CarcioneProjection Design
  • Matt KepplerVideography
  • James Jackson Technical Design
  • Daniel IsonTechnical Design
  • Chelsea MurphyChoreography

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