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2018 Bombeck workshop faculty
Leighann Lord

A stand-up comedian, author, commentator and keynote speaker, Leighann Lord is the author of six e-books, including Dict Jokes: Alternate Definitions for Words You’ve Probably Never Heard of But Will Definitely Never Forget, Volumes 1 & 2. Her latest book, Real Women Do It Standing Up: Stories From the Career of a Very Funny Lady, has been called “witty and unexpectedly vulnerable.” She is the creator of the blog and podcast, “People with Parents,” where she writes and talks about suddenly being the caretaker of two elderly parents, which is severely cutting into her regularly scheduled midlife crisis. 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 has been seen on ABC, AspireTV, BBC, CBC, Comedy Comedy, Gospel Music Channel, HBO, Lifetime TV, NBC, SiTV and VH1. She brings a blend of humor and pop culture as a co-host of the StarTalk Radio Show with Neil deGrasse Tyson on SiriusXM. She received the NYC Black Comedy Award for “The Most Thought Provoking Black Female Comic.” Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., named her one of the Northeast Region’s Significant Seven for her contribution in the field of entertainment. And for two consecutive years, she was Harlem Week’s official comedian. (The only other comedian in Harlem Week’s history to earn that distinction was Richard Pryor.)

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