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Wendy Liebman

Wendy Liebman

Wendy Liebman has been performing her unique style of stand-up comedy since 1984, and is the only person in her family in show business. "My mother is a ventriloquist - but not professionally. Can you imagine that?! Wendy asks, For ten years I thought the dog was telling me to kill my father. She waits a beat an adds, I got my brother to do it."

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.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.

Wendy Liebman Facts

BirthdayFebruary 27, 1961 (63)
BirthplaceLong Island, New York, USA
Height5' 2" (1m57)  How tall is Wendy Liebman compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Wendy Liebman: Taller on TV
Why We Laugh: Funny Women
HBO Comedy Half-Hour: Wendy Liebman
Wendy Liebman, Gary Lazer, Gabe Ableson, and Mike Bent
Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist
Green Collar Comedy Show
Mom Night Out 104
HBO Comedy Half-Hour 19: Wendy Liebman
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