Wendy Liebman

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Liebman performing at the The Stress Factory in New Brunswick, 2012

Wendy Liebman (born February 27, 1961 in Manhasset, New York) is an American stand-up comedian. Her standup style involves the use of gently paced, subtle wordplay, for which she has been compared with Rita Rudner, Jake Johannsen and Steven Wright.[1]

Early life[edit]

Liebman grew up in Roslyn, Long Island, New York, where she lived in a house at 110 Crescent Lane. Her earliest performances involved her, her sister, and a neighborhood friend performing the play Rumpelstilskin in their basement.[2]

In 1983, Liebman graduated from Wellesley College with a bachelor's degree in psychology.[3] Shortly after graduating from college, Liebman performed psychology research at Harvard Medical School.[clarification needed][4]

Career[edit]

In 1984, after taking a class at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education, Liebman began performing stand-up comedy in the Boston area.[5]

In 1996, Liebman won the American Comedy Award for Female Stand-up Comedian of the Year.[6]

Liebman has appeared on The Larry Sanders Show on HBO, The Tonight Show, Dr. Katz - Professional Therapist, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.

In January 2012, her Showtime special, Wendy Liebman: Taller On TV debuted. In May 2012, it was posted on her website as a $5 DRM-free download.

Liebman is the daughter-in-law of the late Robert B. Sherman.[7]

In 2014, Liebman and her husband were driving when they were struck by a drunk driver. The accident resulted in damage to seven cars and one fatality. The incident affected Liebman's standup career, and so the following year, to “get back out there in a big way” Liebman decided to be a contestant on season nine of America's Got Talent.[1] August 13, 2014, she was eliminated in the quarter-finals, but on August 15, 2014, judge Howard Stern picked Liebman as his wild card for the season, bringing her to the semi-finals. She was eliminated once more on the September 3 episode.

Personal life[edit]

Liebman is Jewish. Although she did not grow up with a strong Jewish identity, she developed a greater connection to her Judaism after reading The Complete Idiot's Guide to Jewish History and Culture.[1]

On April 12, 2003, Liebman married TV producer and writer Jeffrey Sherman, whose father and uncle (the Sherman Brothers) wrote film music for Walt Disney in the 1960s.[8] Sherman has two sons from a previous marriage.[9]

In December 2015 Liebman moved from her rented home in Studio City into a house in the West Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Katz, Leslie (December 22, 2015). "Three-timer Wendy Liebman savors her S.F. kosher comedy". The San Francisco Examiner.
  2. ^ "Women in Comedy Festival presents Wendy Liebman". JewishBoston.com. Combined Jewish Philanthropies. Retrieved December 23, 2015.
  3. ^ DeYoung, Bill (2005-01-07). "Comic Liebman is 'amused, bemused' by life". Stuart News. p. E16. 
  4. ^ Johnson, Dean (2003-02-14). "Comedy; Wedding bells ring up new jokes for Liebman". Boston Herald. p. S16. 
  5. ^ Schorr, Melissa (2012-03-18). "Wendy Liebman recalls breaking into Boston’s stand-up scene". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2012-03-26. 
  6. ^ Virtel, Louis (July 23, 2014). "Comic Star Wendy Liebman Auditions on 'America's Got Talent'". HitFlix.
  7. ^ http://traffic.libsyn.com/acomicstale/Vinnie_Brand_with_Special_Guest_Wendy_Liebman.mp3
  8. ^ Savaiano, Jacqueline (2003-04-20). "WEDDINGS/CELEBRATIONS: VOWS; Wendy Liebman and Jeffrey Sherman". The New York Times. p. 13. 
  9. ^ Johnson, Dean (February 12, 2005). "Crazy love; Boston comic Wendy Liebman has been on both sides of Valentine's Day divide". Boston Herald. p. 025. 

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