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Monday, November 23, 2009

Who is Carol Leifer?

Who is Carol Leifer? Leifer is an American comedienne, writer, producer and actor whose career as a stand-up comedian started in the 1970s when she was in college. David Letterman discovered her performing in a comedy club in the 1980s and she has since been a guest on Late Night With David Letterman over twenty-five times as well as numerous other shows and venues.[2] Leifer was on the Celebrity Apprentice, her team put up a good effort but lost the challenge, her team with much regret voted her off. Leifer was the first Celebrity to be voted off the show

She has written many television scripts including for The Larry Sanders Show, Saturday Night Live, and most notably, Seinfeld.[2]

Leifer's "inner monologue" observational style is often autobiographical encompassing subjects about her Jewish ancestry and upbringing, coming out, same-sex marriage, relationships (having been married previously to a man and now partnered with a woman) and parenting.[2][3][4]

Leifer recently became vegan, saying “I recently became vegan because I felt that as a Jewish lesbian, I wasn’t part of a small enough minority. So now I’m a Jewish lesbian vegan.”[5][6][7]

Leifer was born July 27, 1956 on East Williston, New York, to an Ashkenazi Jewish family, the daughter of Anna, a psychologist, and Seymour Leifer, an optometrist.[8]

While studying for a theater degree at Binghamton University, Leifer accompanied her then boyfriend Paul Reiser to a comedy club to see him perform at the open mic night at Catch A Rising Star.[4] Later she tried performing at New York's Comic Strip and was introduced by emcee Jerry Seinfeld.[4] All three have had successful television and comedy careers.[4]

Leifer is a stand-up comedian, writer, producer and actor and has been involved in such television shows as Seinfeld, It's Like, You Know..., Alright Already, and The Larry Sanders Show. With Mitchell Hurwitz, she is the creator of the short-lived The Ellen Show (2001). In 1988, she had her own special on Cinemax titled Carol Doesn't Leifer Anymore, which was produced by David Letterman. This was shortly followed several more specials, tiled Carol Leifer Comedy Cruise (1989), Really Big Show (1990), and Gaudy, Baudy, and Blue (1992). She was a writer on Saturday Night Live during the 1985/1986 season.

She has performed on Late Night With David Letterman 25 times, but has only been on Dave's show once since 1992. Carol has also appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, Dr. Katz, Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher, Hollywood Squares, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Her hosting duties have included four seasons of A&E's Caroline's Comedy Hour, as well as guest stints on Talk Soup and Later.

Leifer starred in, created and executive-produced the WB sitcom Alright Already. called one of the "10 Best New Shows of the New Season" by the Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post. Despite good reviews, the show only ran one season.

Her stand-up experience includes opening for Jerry Seinfeld and Frank Sinatra. Sinatra praised Leifer as "one funny broad!" and "I wish my mother had been that funny - I wouldn't have had to work so hard."[2] She continues working the stand-up circuit and is reportedly writing an original picture for Dreamworks. Additionally, Leifer is a writer and co-executive producer on the CBS sitcom Rules of Engagement.

In September 2007, Leifer won an auction for the handwritten notes used by Michael Vick during his apology for his role in dogfighting.[9]

Leifer is currently in a committed relationship with Lori Wolf, who works in commercial real estate.[10][11] They share a $3.2-million, 5,000 square foot home in the Santa Monica Hills.[11] They have one son, named Bruno Leifer-Wolf, who was born January 17, 2007.[12]

Her first book of humorous essays, entitled When You Lie About Your Age, The Terrorists Win was released on March 10, 2009.[13][14] In it, she discusses the moment she discovered she might be gay and how her life has changed for the better.[15]

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