Who She Is


Katy Franco is a bilingual comedienne and actress who has worked in the USA, Venezuela, Argentina and Puerto Rico. Her credits include theater, television, Latin soap operas, film and sitcoms. As a standup comic, she has performed in Hollywood's most famous nightclubs, including the Laugh Factory, Comedy Store, Improv and Ice House. In Puerto Rico, she is a well recognized celebrity because of her acting roles on stage and TV, stand-up comedy, her book Chemorella, and her tireless work as a breast cancer awareness advocate.

Katy is a 14-year breast cancer survivor. She turned her experiences into a bilingual book entitled Chemorella, the most meaningful “Cinderella story” ever told, coauthored with husband Ken Phillips. Borders in Puerto Rico made it a Best Book of 2010. She developed a marketing strategy that resulted in selling 13,000 books to date. When she speaks, Katy weaves stand-up comedy, stories from her life, and laughter therapy exercises into an energetic, hysterically funny presentation. Her skill in creating a powerful message from these disparate elements caused Women’s Health national magazine to name her “the Cause Comedienne.”

Katy has delivered her energizing, motivational speeches at corporate events, municipal events, women’s forums, hospitals, middle and high schools, universities, and government entities. Examples include the Ronald McDonald House and Shriners Hospitals for Children in Los Angeles, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the American Cancer Society, and in Puerto Rico the Senate, House of Representatives and over one dozen municipalities. She was host and master of ceremonies at events at the Governor’s House in Puerto Rico, Amgen, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Avon among others. Her audiences have ranged in size from 50 to 1,500 people.

Katy was the keynote speaker at the 2018 Annual All Staff Meeting for Amgen, the 2016 Head Start Biennial Conference for employees, and the 25th Anniversary Annual Conference of the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor in 2012. She was the celebrity guest speaker at events such as the Cancer Support Center’s 10th Annual Luncheon in Los Angeles, California, the Women Empowered to be Exceptional (WE2) Brown Bag Lunch meeting at Amgen, and the Women’s Correctional Facility in Vega Alta. (See the complete list, below.)

Dozens of news programs, magazine articles and newspaper stories have carried interviews of her, and she has received significant honors like the 2012 Golden Laughter Award (Rire D'Or) from the International School of Laughter in Frontignan, France for her promotion of laughter as an aid in the treatment of cancer. In Puerto Rico, she was recognized by the House of Representatives for her work with the cancer community and well-being, Mayor María E. Meléndez Altieri of Ponce gave Katy a proclamation as “honorary visitor,” and Mayor Alfredo Alejandro Carrión of Juncos presented her with the “Key to the City”.

“Katy Franco is the personification of the art-humor-healing intersection.”
— Steve Wilson, Psychologist, founder of World Laughter Tour, Inc.

To learn more about Katy Franco, go to What She Does.