Karen Penley makes up stuff so life feels fun. It is also a good outlet for pent-up frustration and anger. She is a writer, performer and actress. She combines words, accordion, guitar, petticoats, singing and dancing.

She wrote, created, directed and performed in two circuses with 7 others with live music by Bill Horvitz in Circus Proboscis: A Sneeze of Freaks and Greg Giles and 20 Minute Loop in Not the More Lovely: A Circus Sideshow. Circus Proboscis won a Theater Bay Area CASH grant award. The SF Bay Guardian said of Not the More Lovely, “this glad, jagged-toothed mockery of human folly comes fast, fresh and unexpected”.

She has two shows that she’s currently touring: feral girl and humor. feral girl is a 45 minute theatrical show and humor can be a 20-30 minute set of comedy with music that is a great opening act or part of an evening’s entertainment.


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