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2016 Bombeck workshop keynoter
Leighann Lord


Lord, LeighannLeighann Lord is a stand-up comedian, actress, commentator and writer. Inspired by “the brilliance of George Carlin, the smooth jazz style of Franklyn Ajaye and the elegance of Rita Rutner,” she calls her brand, “Thinking Cap Comedy.”

She has performed stand-up on Lifetime’s Girls Night Out, HBO’s Def Comedy Jam and Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, and she won the “Hilarious Housewives Contest” on ABC’s The View. In addition to performing her own material, she was a writer for the Chris Rock Show and pens the syndicated humor column “The Urban Erma.” She brings a blend of humor and pop culture as a co-host of the StarTalk Radio Show with Neil deGrasse Tyson on SiriusXM.

On PBS’s Charlie Rose, That Money Show, FOX News, CNN and MSNBC, she has given her informed and funny take on current events. Her one-woman show, The Full Swanky, debuted in the Riant Theatre Women’s Play Festival, where she won the award for Best Actress.  Leighann has received the NYC Black Comedy Award for “The Most Thought Provoking Black Female Comic” and was named Harlem Week’s official comedian, only the second one to earn that distinction, the first being Richard Pryor. She has performed around the world, around the country and for U.S. troops in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.

She’s the author of five e-books — two volumes of Dict Jokes: ALTernate DEFinitions for Words You’ve Probably Never Heard of But Will Definitely Never Forget and three collections of her humor essays. Her newest book is Real Women Do it Standing Up: Stories From the Career of a Very Funny Lady.

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