Iliza Shlesinger

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Iliza Shlesinger
Iliza Shlesinger.jpg
Shlesinger in 2016
Birth nameIliza Vie Shlesinger
Born (1983-02-22) February 22, 1983 (age 36)
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
MediumStand-up, television, web series
Alma materEmerson College
Years active2007–present
Noah Galuten (m. 2018)

Iliza Vie Shlesinger[1] (/əˈlzə ˈʃlɛsɪŋɡər/;[2] born February 22, 1983) is an American comedian. She was the 2008 winner of NBC's Last Comic Standing and went on to host the syndicated dating show Excused and the TBS comedy/game show Separation Anxiety. In 2017, she briefly hosted her own late-night talk show called Truth & Iliza on Freeform.[3]

Early life[edit]

Shlesinger was born in Manhattan, New York,[4] and was raised in Dallas, Texas.[5] Her family is Jewish.[4] She attended the private Greenhill School and participated in the school's improvisation team. She performed with ComedySportz Dallas and attended the University of Kansas for her freshman year. She also participated in Semester at Sea. She transferred to Emerson College in Boston, where she majored in film, refined her writing and editing skills, and became a member of one of the campus's comedy sketch groups, Jimmy's Traveling All Stars.


After graduating from college, Shlesinger moved to Los Angeles to pursue stand-up comedy.[6] She was one of the most popular members of the Whiteboy Comedy group of standup comedians in Los Angeles,[7] which brought her to the stage at The Improv in Hollywood.[8]

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,[9] John Oliver's New York Stand Up Show,[10] 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.

Shlesinger performing in 2017

In 2008, Shlesinger became the first woman, and the youngest, winner of NBC's Last Comic Standing, in the series' sixth season.[11][12] She was twice selected by other comedians, to compete in the head-to-head eliminations, winning each time.[13] She appeared in The Last Comic Standing Tour.[14]

Shlesinger worked with Lewis Black to contribute to Surviving the Holidays, a History Channel holiday special, and narrated the 2009 documentary Imagine It!² The Power of Imagination.[15][16] In 2010, she 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.[17][18]

Shlesinger hosted The Weakly News on from July 7, 2007 to April 9, 2012.[19][20] She also hosted Excused, a syndicated American reality-based dating competition series, which ran from 2011 to 2013.[21] She co-stars in the 2013 film Paradise.[22] She began a podcast called Truth and Iliza in August 2014. Featuring celebrity guests & personal friends, the semi-weekly podcast is a forum for discussing matters which bother her and those on the show,[23] with punk theme song performed by Being Mean to Pixley.[24]

Shlesinger was comic co-host of StarTalk Radio Show with Neil DeGrasse Tyson for season 7, episode 12 titled Cosmic Queries: Galactic Grab Bag, post date: 20 May 2016.[25]

On July 13, 2016, the ABCdigital original short-form digital comedy series Forever 31, created by and starring Shlesinger was released.[26]

A late night show for Iliza Shlesinger was placed into development in September 2016 for the cable channel Freeform.[27] Truth & Iliza began airing on May 2, 2017.[28]

On November 7, 2017, Weinstein Books published Shlesinger's book Girl Logic: The Genius and the Absurdity with an introduction by Mayim Bialik.[29]

In December 2017, it was reported the comedian was sued by a man who was denied admission to one of her girls-only shows.[30] The initial complaint was dismissed and then refiled as a class action suit.[31]


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.[32][33] Her second stand-up special, Freezing Hot, was recorded in Denver, Colorado and premiered on Netflix in January 23, 2015.[34] Her third Netflix stand-up special, titled Confirmed Kills, was recorded at The Vic Theatre in Chicago, Illinois, and premiered on Netflix on September 23, 2016.[35] Her fourth Netflix stand-up special, Elder Millennial,[36] was recorded aboard USS Hornet, at the USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum[37] in Alameda, California on February 23, 2018,[38][39] and premiered on Netflix on July 24, 2018.[40]

Personal life[edit]

On May 12, 2018, Shlesinger married chef Noah Galuten.[41]


Comedy specials[edit]

Year Title Distributor
2013 War Paint Netflix
2015 Freezing Hot Netflix
2016 Confirmed Kills Netflix
2018 Elder Millennial Netflix
2019 Unveiled Netflix


Year Title Role Notes
2018 Instant Family October


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  2. ^ Episode #488 of The Joe Rogan Experience. April 22, 2014.
  3. ^ "How Iliza Shlesinger Plans to Bring Digestible Feminism to Late-Night TV".
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  7. ^ "Iliza Shlesinger - Comic Profile". whiteboy comedy productions. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
  8. ^ Kar, Meena (June 5, 2010). "Iliza Shlesinger Has Her Own Half Hour Special After Winning Last Comic Standing". Thaindian News.
  9. ^ " Comedy Central Presents: Season 14, Episode 18 "Iliza Shlesinger": Amazon Video".
  10. ^ "John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show: Season Three Debuts July 20th". TV Series Finale. Retrieved 11 July 2012.
  11. ^ Brown, Joe (August 18, 2008). "Last Comic Standing joins 'Jubilee!' on Sunday". Las Vegas Sun.
  12. ^ Kohen, Yael (2012). We Killed: The Rise of Women in American Comedy. Macmillan. p. xxxii. ISBN 9781466828117.
  13. ^ 'Last Comic Standing Season 6 Episode 9',
  14. ^ "'Last Comic Standing World Tour'". Archived from the original on 2008-10-12.,
  15. ^ Imagine It!² The Power of Imagination. via
  16. ^ Leeper, Mark (November 27, 2011). "Imagine It!".
  17. ^ " Iliza Shlesinger: iliza LIVE: Music".
  18. ^ "Up in Your Business from Slate V".
  19. ^ "The Pilot episode of The Weakly News".
  20. ^ "Peep Shows, Carnivals, and Sarna".
  21. ^ 'Celebuzz Gets 'Excused' by New Dating Show Host Iliza Shlesinger (PHOTOS)' Celebuzz. September 12, 2011.
  22. ^ Calfas, Jennifer (August 7, 2013). "Diablo Cody Celebrates 'Paradise,' Her Directorial Debut, With Hollywood Premiere". The Hollywood Reporter.
  23. ^ "Truth & Iliza". podbay. Retrieved 2015-12-07.
  24. ^ "Truth and Lies".
  25. ^ "Cosmic Queries: Galactic Grab Bag - StarTalk Radio Show by Neil deGrasse Tyson". StarTalk Radio Show by Neil deGrasse Tyson. 2016-05-20. Retrieved 2016-05-22.
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  27. ^ Wagmeister, Elizabeth (September 23, 2016). "Freeform Developing Late-Night Show With Comedian Iliza Shlesinger (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
  28. ^ Pedersen, Erik (2017-04-04). "Iliza Shlesinger-Hosted Show Gets Title & Airdate As Freeform Goes Late-Night". Deadline. Retrieved 2017-05-16.
  29. ^ "Full details : Girl Logic".
  30. ^ "Iliza Shlesinger's Girls-Only Show Sparks Lawsuit Over "War on Men"". Retrieved 28 December 2017.
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  32. ^ "Iliza Shlesinger Show".
  33. ^ "Iliza Shlesinger on Twitter". Twitter.
  34. ^ Todd Spangler. "Netflix Adds Stand-Up Special from Iliza Shlesinger to Comedy Lineup". Variety.
  35. ^ Don Halcombe. "Netflix Announces Premiere Dates for New Line-Up Of Original Stand-up Comedy Specials". Netflix.
  36. ^ "Iliza Shlesinger". Twitter. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
  37. ^ "Iliza Shlesinger Was Doing Netflix Comedy Specials Before It Was Cool". 25 July 2018. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
  38. ^ "Iliza Shlesinger". Twitter. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
  39. ^ International Code of Signals
  40. ^ "Iliza Shlesinger". Twitter. Retrieved 2018-06-21.
  41. ^ "Comedian Iliza Shlesinger Marries Chef Noah Galuten". Us Weekly. 2018-05-13. Archived from the original on 2018-05-14. Retrieved 2018-07-24.

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