Kate was born in San Jose, California, on October 13, 1967. She grew up partly in San Jose and partly in Tucson,
Arizona Later she attended the University of Arizona, where she got involved in regional theater. She later moved to
Chicago where she began working with the Piven Theatre Workshop and later with the Chicago Shakespeare Repertory. She
performed on National Public Radio in the production of the radio play Born Guilty. Kate later moved to NYC and
joined the comedy troupe "Burn Manhattan," performing in a number of Off-Broadway plays.
Her first major television
appearance came on The Drew Carey Show when she portrayed Niki Fifer, Drew's girlfriend and a woman struggling with her weight.
She went on to portray Carol Nelson in HBO's Mind of a Married Man television series, and played Norm MacDonald's romantic
interest in the sitcom The Norm Show. She continued to appear on television programs in supporting or bit parts.