Kelly Bachman Bio – Kelly Bachman Wiki
Kelly Bachman is a New York-based writer, director, producer, and comedian who went viral after she posted a video of her calling out Harvey Weinstein as he sat in the crowd during her performance at Downtime Bar NYC.
She was part of an event called “Actor’s Hour” which the bar hosts on Wednesday nights. The event is meant to showcase up and coming young comedians and give them a chance to perform. Disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein showed up at Wednesday’s event unannounced which shocked several female attendees and performers who made it known that he was not welcome there.
She began her standup set addressing Weinstein’s presence, “I’m a comic and it’s our job to name the elephant in the room…do we know what that is?”
“It’s a Freddy Krueger in the room if you will.” She said, referring to Weinstein, “I didn’t know that we had to bring our own mace and rape whistle to Actor’s Hour.”The members from Weinstein’s table boo the joke and one audience member tells her to “shut up!” while female attendees cheer loudly and encourage her to keep going.
She was born and raised in North Carolina and attended N.C. State before moving to New York City to make films and become a standup comedian.
Kelly Bachman Age
Her exact age and date of birth are not known however, she was born and raised in North Carolina.
Kelly Bachman and Harvey Weinstein
She started her standup set addressing Weinstein’s presence, “I’m a comic and it’s our job to name the elephant in the room…do we know what that is?”
“It’s a Freddy Krueger in the room if you will.” She said, referring to Weinstein, “I didn’t know that we had to bring our own mace and rape whistle to Actor’s Hour.”
The members from Weinstein’s table boo the joke and one audience member tells her to “shut up!” while female attendees cheer loudly and encourage her to keep going.
She was hesitant to confront Weinstein because she was there to get some footage of her standup set. “I really didn’t want to risk or talk to the audience or talk about current events because I wanted to get a good evergreen tape.” Bachman told Variety, “I thought, “I’m going to have to say something, and it’s going to ruin my tape.” And my friend next to me said, “Just do your regular set, don’t let him ruin your tape. You wanted your tape; get your tape. He can’t take that from you.” And I was like, “Yeah! I’m going to get my tape.”
But right before she got onstage, Weinstein’s presence became too overwhelming. “I saw him over there, and I just saw so many people treating him like it was normal and talking to him, and I was just like, “Ugh,” She said in an interview with Variety, “I asked the woman next to me, “Should I say something? It’s Harvey Weinstein, I gotta say something, right? I’m about to do stand up.” And she said, “No don’t say anything.” And she said it in such a way that I was like, “Oh, I have to say something.”
“Being in that space, I felt like the air was sucked out of my chest,” She told The Cut. “I’ve literally had nightmares about running into Harvey Weinstein. The fact that it came to life, it truly felt like Freddy Krueger. I wish I’d said more.”
More than 80 women have accused Weinstein of rape, sexual assault and harassment. The producer posted $1m bail after being arrested on rape charges in 2018 and has made few public appearances since.
In a statement, Weinstein’s publicist Juda Engelmayer said: “This scene was uncalled for, downright rude and an example of how due process today is being squashed by the public, trying to take it away in the courtroom too.”
Weinstein has denied all accusations of non-consensual sex. Engelmayer did not immediately respond to the Guardian’s request for comment.
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Kelly Bachman Sexual Assault
She spoke to Variety following her “Actor’s Hour” performance and when asked about the “boos” she heard after her rape joke, she revealed that “I am a person who has unfortunately been sexually assaulted by three different individuals, and I’ve been through the experience enough times to know what people are capable of in terms of how they respond when you tell them.”
“And after the way that I have been treated every time that I’ve been through that experience,” she added “I always expect silence and boos. So I was pretty prepared for that to happen. But I also get the hugs and support from women that I got, and I expected that too.”
She is open about her experience and even said during the standup set “I have been raped, surprisingly by no one in this room, and I never got to confront those guys.”
Bachman produced and appeared in a show titled “Rape Jokes: By Survivors” that was described as a night of “storytelling, catharsis and laughter,” where female comedians who have been victims of sexual assault and harassment will share their experiences in an attempt to “change the narrative of how we joke about rape.” The event featured 13 survivors who took the stage and shared their stories.
“We need other voices commenting on this because it’s huge,” Bachman told Elle Magazine about the show, “and it’s a comic’s job to comment on painful news and to help people find a way to laugh about it and think about it.”
Kelly Bachman Career
In addition to her standup comedy, she is a writer and director. She’s produced several short films including “BOOBS” which premiered at the LA Shorts International Film Festival in 2017 and currently has 100,000+ views on YouTube.
She also wrote and directed “STARTUP” (2017), “RECEDING” (2018), and started the “SOFA KINGDOM SKETCH VARIETY SHOW”, a weekly Facebook live-streamed web series and sketch show.
She is also the lead singer and guitarist in a band called “Boys Drool”. The band is comprised of Bachman and her comedian friends including Beecher, Julie Pinero, and Amber Crollo.
The band regularly performs on Bachman’s sketch show “Sofa Kingdom” and at various comedy shows, bars and clubs around NYC.
Bachman didn’t start out doing film production and comedy. According to her Instagram and LinkedIn page, she moved to New York in 2014 after graduating from N.C. State with a B.A. in Communication, Public Relations and International Studies, and International Studies.
After moving to New York, she got a job as a production intern at Stewart Thorndike before moving on to become a Development Associate at Catch & Release Films. She started producing her own short films while at Catch & Release.
She moved onward and upward to be a Production Office Coordinator at Cobalt Stages and Fork Films before embarking on her own as a Writer/Producer/Comedian in September 2019.
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