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CAROL LEIFER (pronounced lee-fer) is an acclaimed stand up comedian, writer, and producer who has paved a variety of paths in a field where not many female comedians have ventured. The Long Island native began her stand up career in the late 1970's, performing at such well-known New York comedy clubs as The Comic Strip, Catch a Rising Star, and The Improv. Her "big break" came when David Letterman unexpectedly showed up at the Comic Strip and caught one of her performances. His visit led to twenty-five appearances on NBC's Late Night with David Letterman. In addition, Letterman also produced Carol's 1988 Cinemax special Carol Doesn't Leifer Anymore. Carol spent three years as a writer for Seinfeld and eventually served as the show's producer. The most notable episodes she wrote include "The Rye" and "The Lip Reader" starring Marlee Matlin. Her outstanding work on the show led to both Writer's Guild and Emmy Award nominations. Following that, Carol served as a writer and supervising producer on HBO's critically acclaimed, The Larry Sanders Show. Recently, she penned pilots under deals with both Brad Grey Television and Big Ticket TV. In 2003, Carol returned to her stand-up roots and starred in her own Comedy Central special. She also served as the Executive Producer of Ellen DeGeneres' show Ellen Again and as Co-Executive Producer of the Dreamworks/ABC series It's Like, You Know. Previously, Carol starred in and executive produced the WB sitcom, Alright Already. Carol has written, produced and starred in three specials for Showtime: Carol Leifer Comedy Cruise (1989), Really Big Shoo (1990), Gaudy, and Bawdy And Blue (1992), which was nominated for three cable ACE Awards. She also appeared in HBO's Young Comedian Special and The Rodney Dangerfield Special. One of Carol's greatest career dreams came true when she appeared with Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show, two months prior to his retirement. She went on to be a frequent guest star on the show and has also appeared on numerous other shows including Dr. Katz, Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher, and Late Night with Conan O'Brien. Her hosting duties have included four seasons of AandE's Caroline's Comedy Hour and guest stints on Talk Soup and Later. Carol has remained a fixture on the stand up circuit. "I've played every two-bit laugh shack across this great country of ours," she quips. One highlight of her road work includes opening for Frank Sinatra in Las Vegas. He was quoted after the show as saying, "I wish my mother had been that funny -- I wouldn’t have had to work so hard."

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Added: 12th January 2008
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Category: comedy
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