Originally from Long Island, New York, Wendy went to college in Boston (school she refers to as I.O.U.), where she studied psychology and histrionics. Apparently that wasn't enough, because after graduation, Wendy enrolled in a class called How To Be a Stand-Up Comedian at the Cambridge Center for Adult Ed. She started doing open mike nights at local clubs (Stitches, The Comedy Connection, and Catch a Rising Star), and for the next six years she performed at night throughout all of New England. She kept her secretarial day job, though she would call in sick a lot. I would say I had female problems. My boss didn't know I meant her!
In 1990, Wendy won the Johnnie Walker Comedy Competition semi-finals in Boston, and was sent to LA to perform at the famous Hollywood Improv, where she would be discovered by the talent coordinator of the Tonight Show. He invited her to be one of Johnny Carson's guests the following week. If that wasn't thrilling enough, the whole episode was captured on a segment for CBS's 48 Hours.
Since then, Wendy has been a regular on The Late Show with David Letterman, and has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Comic Strip Live, VH-1 Stand-up Spotlight, Evening at the Improv, Carolines' Comedy Hour, MTV's Half Hour Comedy Hour, Louie Anderson's Comedy Showcase, HBO's Women of the Night, RuPau, and Comic Relief VII. Wendy was also the first comedian to perform on the Rosie O'Donnell Show.
Wendy has opened for Ann-Margaret, Gregory Hines, Tanya Tucker, Julio Iglesias, Robert Klein Neil Sedaka, Franki Valli, The Four Seasons, Ronnie Milsap, Sheena Easton, The Smothers Brothers, Bob Hope, and Jerry Seinfeld.
In 1996, Wendy starred in her own HBO Comedy Half Hour Special. In 1997, Wendy was crowned Best Female Stand-Up Comic at The American Comedy Awards.
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