Betsy Kelso has written and produced for WWE’s TV shows and pay-per-view events. She has also created and developed TV series for Warner Bros., ABC Family, MTV, Disney Channel and Universal Music Group. She wrote and directed the short film Church & State starring Martin Starr, and wrote/performed for Behind the Music That Sucks, an animated parody series that aired on FUSE Network in which she can be heard as the voices of Courtney Love, Jennifer Lopez, Cher and all three of The Chicks. She can also be seen in the first season of Hannah Montana.
In addition to providing the book for The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Betsy served as Director of both the original NYMF and Off-Broadway productions. She adapted the British musicals Girls’ Night and Girl Talk for their U.S. tours and Off-Broadway runs, and provided librettos for the new musical project Popera and The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical, for which she also served as choreographer of the original Houston production.
As a founding member of the popular all-female sketch-comedy team SHIRLEY CHICKENPANTS, she won praise from publications such as TALK, STUFF, PAPER, BUST, TIME OUT NEW YORK, PLAYBOY and THE VILLAGE VOICE, and played to sold-out crowds in New York and Los Angeles at HERE Arts Center, Joe’s Pub, HBO Workspace, ACME Comedy Theatre and others.
She toured the United States with the comedy Just For Laughs, A Day with Gates & Mills, starring Tim Conway and Tom Poston, and Europe with The Rocky Horror Show, for which she also assisted the Director and Choreographer in subsequent productions. Other shows in which Betsy performed include Grand Hotel, City of Angels, Man of La Mancha, Annie, Sugar Babies and The Sound of Music. In the book world, Betsy is published alongside Andy Borowitz, Cynthia Heimel, Craig Bierko and many others in 101 Damnations: A Humorist’s Tour of Personal Hells. She is a member of the WGA-West.