Kashian was born in South Milwaukee, Wisconsin and raised by her father Elliot, and her stepmother Nancy, along with her four older brothers and one older sister. She graduated from South Milwaukee High School in 1983.
She discovered her love of stand-up comedy while attending The University of Wisconsin-Madison, and was soon given stage time at a club operated by Bill Kinison five nights a week.
Kashian has had a half-hour special on Comedy Central and has appeared on CBS, NBC, and the nationally syndicated Radio/TV show Bob And Tom. She tours internationally, spending approximately 25 weeks a year on the road, and has entertained US troops stationed in Africa and the Middle East several times. Her most recent album, It's Never Going to be Bread, was named as one of the top comedy albums of 2010 by Amazon.com.
After living in Minneapolis, Kashian moved to Los Angeles and currently resides in Van Nuys, Los Angeles, where she lives with her husband, Andy Ashcraft. She is good friends with Maria Bamford and they often perform together, both in Los Angeles and on the road.
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