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"Female Stand-up Comedian of The Year - 1997"
Wendy Liebman (leeb'-man) quickly learned the value of a good sense of humor. What she didnt know was that she was developing a fresh and unique style of comedy that would be heralded in years to come. Wendy's stock-in-trade is the one-liner with the subliminal after-thought. The effectiveness of her technique lies largely in the unexpectedness of her timing. The punch line invariably falls after the joke seems to be over.
Wendy has been performing her uniquely timed 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. For ten years I thought the dog was telling me to kill my father." Waiting a beat, she adds, "I got my brother to do it."
Originally from Long Island, Wendy went to college in Boston (a school she refers to as I.O.U.), where she studied psychology and histrionics. Browsing through a catalog for continuing education, Wendy enrolled in a class called "How To Be a Stand-up Comedian" at the Cambridge Center For Adult Education.
Wendy Liebman started doing open mike nights at local Boston clubs, including Stitches, the Comedy Connection, and Catch A Rising Star. For the next six years she performed throughout all of New England. "I kept my secretarial day job, though I would call in sick a lot. I would say I had 'female problems'. My boss didn't know I meant her."
In 1990, Wendy Liebman won the Johnnie Walker Red Comedy Competition semi-finals in Boston, and competed in the finals at LA's famous Hollywood Improv. It was at this performance that she caught the eye of the talent coordinator of the "Tonight Show," who 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' "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." Rosie O'Donnell introduced her onto her new show on June 12, 1996 with the introduction, "When we sat down to decide who the first comedian on the show should be, only one name came to mind…the funniest female comedian on the circuit, Wendy Liebman!".
Wendy has also been seen on "Politically Incorrect," "Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist," "Louie Anderson's Comedy Showcase," "The Daily Show," "HBO's Women of the Night," "The Ru Paul Show" and "Comic Relief VII," as well as "Comic Strip Live," "VH1 Stand-up Spotlight," "Evening at the Improv," "Caroline's Comedy Hour," and "MTV's Half Hour Comedy."
In 1996, Wendy starred in her own HBO Comedy Half Hour special, one of the highest rated comedy half hours in HBO's history. On February 9, 1997, she was crowned Best Female Stand-up Comic at the American Comedy Awards. She received her award from Roseanne and Lily Tomlin and keeps it in her shower, so she can see it every morning when she's at home.
In April of 1997, Wendy hosted "The 40th Annual New York Emmy Awards." She guest hosted NBC's "Later" program September 1-4, 1997, and has covered several events for HBO including the 1996 Emmy Awards.
On April 22, 1998, Wendy starred in her own "Pulp Comics" special on Comedy Central that showcased her in stand-up performance as well as filmed segments. In July, she returned to headline the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal.
In February of 1999, Wendy made her sixth appearance on Letterman. After that, she signed a deal with Columbia TriStar to develop her own animated television series and continues to tour the country.
The Los Angeles Times raves, "She's a master of the throwaway line, of making a perfectly rational observation, then adding, almost subliminally, the punch line which skews everything she has said before."
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