Carol Leifer (lee'-fer) is an internationally
acclaimed comic, comedy writer and producer. She spent three years writing for
"Seinfeld" eventually going on to produce, which earned her both Writers Guild
and Emmy Award nominations.
Carol was the real-life inspiration for the Elaine character played by
Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Her most notable episodes of "Seinfeld" include "The
Rye," "The Beard" and "The Lip Reader" (with Marlee Matlin).
Carol served as a writer and supervising producer on HBO's
critically-acclaimed "The Larry Sanders Show." In 1998, she made her television
starring debut on The WB's "Alright, Already." She was the Co-Executive
Producer of the ABC sitcom "It's Like You Know," starring Jennifer Grey.
A native of Long Island, NY, Carol began her career in the late 1970s as
a stand-up comedian, performing in well-known Manhattan comedy clubs such as The Comic
Strip, Catch a Rising Star and The Improv. Her big break came when David Letterman
unexpectedly saw her perform, which led to 25 appearances on "Late Night with David
Letterman." In addition, Letterman also produced her 1988 Cinemax special,
"Carol Doesn't Leifer Anymore."
Leifer also wrote, produced and starred in three Showtime specials:
"Carol Leifer Comedy Cruise" (1989), "Really Big Shoo" (1990) and the
three-time CableACE Award-nominated "Gaudy, Bawdy and Blue" (1992). In addition,
she appeared in HBO's "Young Comedians Special" and "The Rodney Dangerfield
A fixture on the stand-up circuit, Carol Leifer has also been a frequent guest
on numerous television shows including: "Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist,"
Politically Incorrect," "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" and "The Late
Late Show with Tom Snyder." She also hosted four seasons of A&E's
"Caroline's Comedy Hour," as well as guest-hosted for the cable series
"Talk Soup" and the late night talk show "Later."
One of her career dreams came true when she appeared with Johnny Carson
on "The Tonight Show" two months prior to his retirement. Another highlight was
opening for Frank Sinatra at Bally's Las Vegas. He was quoted after the show as saying,
"I wish my mother had been that funny. I wouldn't have had to work so hard."
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Jul 27, 1956
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