Iliza Shlesinger

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Iliza Shlesinger
Iliza Shlesinger for Passion Growers.jpg
Iliza at the 2014 ESPY Awards.
Birth name Iliza Vie Shlesinger
Born (1983-02-22) February 22, 1983 (age 32)
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Medium Stand-up, television, web series
Years active 2007–present
Notable works and roles Sixth season of Last Comic Standing, Excused

Iliza Vie Shlesinger[1] (born February 22, 1983) is an American comedian. She was the winner of the sixth season of NBC's Last Comic Standing and host of the syndicated dating show Excused.[2]

Early life[edit]

Shlesinger is from Dallas, Texas, where she attended the private Greenhill School and participated on the school's Improv Team. She is Jewish.[3] She performed with ComedySportz Dallas. She attended the University of Kansas for her freshman year and participated in Semester at Sea. She transferred to Emerson College in Boston and majored in Film. There she was a member of the campus' comedy sketch group, Jimmy's Traveling All Stars, and refined her writing and editing skills.


After graduating from college, Shlesinger moved to Los Angeles to pursue stand-up comedy. She was one of the most popular members of the Whiteboy Comedy group of standup comedians in Los Angeles, which brought her to the stage at The Improv in Hollywood.[4]

In 2007, Shlesinger won Myspace's So You Think You're Funny contest and has been featured as the G4 network's Myspace Girl of the Week. Her television credits include E! Network's Forbes Celebrity 100, TV Guide's America's Next Top Producer, Comedy Central Presents Season 14 Episode 18,[5] John Oliver's New York Stand Up Show,[6] Byron Allen's Comics Unleashed, and History Channel's History of a Joke. She has written for and had her own show on GOTV's mobile network. Schlesinger contributed to Surviving the Holidays with Lewis Black, a History Channel holiday special, and narrated the 2009 documentary Imagine It!² The Power of Imagination.[7][8]

In 2008, Shlesinger became the first woman, and the youngest, winner of NBC's Last Comic Standing, in the series' sixth season.[9][10] She was twice selected, by other comedians, to compete in the head-to-head eliminations, and won each time.[11] She appeared in The Last Comic Standing Tour.[12]

In 2010, Shlesinger released an on-demand comedy video, Man Up and Act Like a Lady, and an on-demand comedy album, iliza LIVE, on her website, via The ConneXtion. Around the time of these releases, Shlesinger appeared in a business comedy video series for Slate.[13][14]

Shlesinger hosted The Weakly News on from July 7, 2007 to April 9, 2012.[15][16] She also hosted Excused, a syndicated American reality-based dating competition series, which ran from 2011 to 2013.[17]

Iliza Shlesinger's first comedy album and video, War Paint, was recorded on December 1, 2012 at The Lakewood Theater in Dallas, Texas, and released on Netflix on September 1, 2013.[18][19] Her second stand-up special, entitled Freezing Hot, was recorded in Denver, Colorado and premiered on Netflix in January 23, 2015.

Shlesinger co-stars alongside Russell Brand, Julianne Hough, Holly Hunter and Octavia Spencer in the 2013 film Paradise.[20]

Iliza recently began broadcasting a podcast called Truth and Iliza. Featuring guest hosts, the weekly podcast is a forum for discussing things which bother Iliza and her friends.

Personal life[edit]

Her ex-boyfriend is former NHL goaltender Jamie McLennan.[21]


  1. ^ Iliza Vie Shlesinger poses at the Hollywood Improv on March 12, 2008 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Schwartz/WireImage)
  2. ^ Barone, Matt (September 12, 2011). "Interview: Iliza Shlesinger Talks 'Excused', Dating Show Etiquette, And The Art Of Dissing Men". Complex. 
  3. ^ JRE #68 - Iliza Schlesinger, Brian Redban. Joe Rogan Live (video) ( January 4, 2011. Event occurs at 1:08:37. 
  4. ^ Kar, Meena (June 5, 2010). "Iliza Shlesinger Has Her Own Half Hour Special After Winning Last Comic Standing". Thaindian News. 
  5. ^ Comedy Central Presents Season 14 Episode 18 Iliza Shlesinger
  6. ^ "John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show: Season Three Debuts July 20th". TV Series Finale. Retrieved 11 July 2012. 
  7. ^ Imagine It!² The Power of Imagination.  via
  8. ^ Leeper, Mark (November 27, 2011). "Imagine It!". 
  9. ^ Brown, Joe (August 18, 2008). "Last Comic Standing joins 'Jubilee!' on Sunday". Las Vegas Sun. 
  10. ^ Kohen, Yael (2012). We Killed: The Rise of Women in American Comedy. Macmillan. p. xxxii. ISBN 9781466828117. 
  11. ^ 'Last Comic Standing Season 6 Episode 9',
  12. ^ 'Last Comic Standing World Tour',
  13. ^ iliza LIVE (October 26, 2010)
  14. ^ Up in Your Business, from Slate V: Topical business comedy from Slate featuring host Iliza Vie Shlesinger
  15. ^ The Weakly News July 7, 2007
  16. ^ The Weakly News April 9, 2012
  17. ^ 'Celebuzz Gets 'Excused' by New Dating Show Host Iliza Shlesinger (PHOTOS)' Celebuzz. September 12, 2011.
  18. ^ Iliza Shlesinger: WAR PAINT One Hour Stand Up Comedy Television Taping
  20. ^ Calfas, Jennifer (August 7, 2013). "Diablo Cody Celebrates 'Paradise,' Her Directorial Debut, With Hollywood Premiere". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  21. ^ Shlesinger, Iliza (September 2, 2010). "Lunch w Tyson Nash and Jamie McLennan(my boyfriend) hockey talk and popovers!". Twitter. 

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