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Wendy Liebman ’83 has learned a lot during her career as a stand-up comedian, as she wrote in the spring 2000 issue of Wellesley magazine. She has become "the Queen of the One-and-a-Half-Liner," a master of "the throwaway line" and "the subliminal afterthought," "a smart and canny comedic architect" with a "time-release punch line." She was the American Comedy Awards’ best female stand-up comic for 1997, has had her own half-hour HBO special, is a regular on "The Late Show with David Letterman," and was the very first comedian to appear on "The Rosie O’Donnell Show." So, for us workaday folks looking in on her star-studded Hollywood existence, that one line in the middle of her life-lessons list—"Dreams really can come true"—is worth remembering.

Liebman has been a performer pretty much her whole life. When she was growing up on Long Island, she and her sister would put on plays in the basement of their home and invite the local kids to watch. In high school, she starred in school plays.

At Wellesley, Liebman majored in psychology and continued performing. But after graduation, she entered the nine-to-five world as a secretary at Houghton Mifflin Company and planned to pursue a career in psychology. And then, one day, some mail in her building was delivered to the wrong apartment.

The mixed-up delivery contained a catalog for the Cambridge Center for Adult Education. "I stole the catalog," Liebman later told the Boston Globe. "I signed up for a course on stand-up because I thought those comics looked like they were having fun on ‘The Tonight Show." At the end of the semester, she started signing up for open mikes at comedy clubs in the Boston area.

For the next six years, Liebman moonlighted as a comic. "I kept my secretarial day job," she often explains, "though I would call in sick a lot. I would say I had ‘female problems.’ My boss didn’t know I meant her."

Then, in 1990, Liebman got her big break. She won the regional Johnnie Walker Red Comedy Competition, becoming the first woman to go to the national finals at the Hollywood Improv in Los Angeles. Though she didn’t win the national award, her consolation prize was even better: The talent coordinator of "The Tonight Show" liked her performance and invited her to be one of Johnny Carson’s guests for the following week.

Soon after that, Liebman left her day job behind and moved to Los Angeles. "After all," she told the Radcliffe Quarterly at the time, "I can’t not move out there. I’m 30, and not getting any funnier." She’s been a fixture on the national comedy scene ever since, in clubs and on campuses across the country as well as on television. Her credits include "Politically Incorrect," "The Daily Show," HBO’s "Women of the Night," VH-1’s "Stand-Up Spotlight," and lots more. In 1996, she covered the Emmy Awards for HBO, and in 1998 she starred in her own "Pulp Comics" special on Comedy Central.

So how does Liebman like the life of a glamorous performer, her Hollywood dream come true? In reality, she says, all the touring can get pretty grueling. She’s not home very much—but when she is, she gets to see that Best Female Stand-Up Comic award, which she keeps in the shower. That makes it all worthwhile.

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Wendy Liebman Biography

Wendy Liebman ’83 has learned a lot during her career as a stand-up comedian, as she wrote in the spring 2000 issue of Wellesley magazine. She has become "the Queen of the One-and-a-Half-Liner," a master of "the throwaway line" and "the subliminal afterthought," "a smart and canny comedic architect" with a "time-release punch line." She was the American Comedy Awards’ best female stand-up comic for 1997, has had her own half-hour HBO special, is a regular on "The Late Show with David Letterman," and was the very first comedian to appear on "The Rosie O’Donnell Show." So, for us workaday folks looking in on her star-studded Hollywood existence, that one line in the middle of her life-lessons list—"Dreams really can come true"—is worth remembering.

Liebman has been a performer pretty much her whole life. When she was growing up on Long Island, she and her sister would put on plays in the basement of their home and invite the local kids to watch. In high school, she starred in school plays.

At Wellesley, Liebman majored in psychology and continued performing. But after graduation, she entered the nine-to-five world as a secretary at Houghton Mifflin Company and planned to pursue a career in psychology. And then, one day, some mail in her building was delivered to the wrong apartment.

The mixed-up delivery contained a catalog for the Cambridge Center for Adult Education. "I stole the catalog," Liebman later told the Boston Globe. "I signed up for a course on stand-up because I thought those comics looked like they were having fun on ‘The Tonight Show." At the end of the semester, she started signing up for open mikes at comedy clubs in the Boston area.

For the next six years, Liebman moonlighted as a comic. "I kept my secretarial day job," she often explains, "though I would call in sick a lot. I would say I had ‘female problems.’ My boss didn’t know I meant her."

Then, in 1990, Liebman got her big break. She won the regional Johnnie Walker Red Comedy Competition, becoming the first woman to go to the national finals at the Hollywood Improv in Los Angeles. Though she didn’t win the national award, her consolation prize was even better: The talent coordinator of "The Tonight Show" liked her performance and invited her to be one of Johnny Carson’s guests for the following week.

Soon after that, Liebman left her day job behind and moved to Los Angeles. "After all," she told the Radcliffe Quarterly at the time, "I can’t not move out there. I’m 30, and not getting any funnier." She’s been a fixture on the national comedy scene ever since, in clubs and on campuses across the country as well as on television. Her credits include "Politically Incorrect," "The Daily Show," HBO’s "Women of the Night," VH-1’s "Stand-Up Spotlight," and lots more. In 1996, she covered the Emmy Awards for HBO, and in 1998 she starred in her own "Pulp Comics" special on Comedy Central.

So how does Liebman like the life of a glamorous performer, her Hollywood dream come true? In reality, she says, all the touring can get pretty grueling. She’s not home very much—but when she is, she gets to see that Best Female Stand-Up Comic award, which she keeps in the shower. That makes it all worthwhile.

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  • How to book Wendy Liebman?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Wendy Liebman for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Wendy Liebman, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Wendy Liebman or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Wendy Liebman?

    Booking fees for Wendy Liebman, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Wendy Liebman, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Wendy Liebman?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Wendy Liebman for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Wendy Liebman for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Wendy Liebman or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Wendy Liebman or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Wendy Liebman is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Wendy Liebman for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Wendy Liebman generally travels from Los Angeles, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Larry Miller, Margaret Cho, Harland Williams, Kevin Nealon and John Heffron. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Wendy Liebman for an upcoming event.

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