Hailed by The Washington Post as “refreshing” and “one of the best comedic minds of our time,” Carol Leifer is an acclaimed stand-up comedian and Emmy-nominated writer.
Currently, Carol’s first book of humorous essays for Random House, entitled When You Lie About Your Age, the Terrorists Win, is now a best-seller. In her recent press tour in support of her book, Carol appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Today Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman, Real Time with Bill Maher, The Howard Stern Show, and Fresh Air with Terry Gross on NPR. Leifer is also now a featured author of The Jewish Book Council Jewish Book NETWORK. Carol was recently featured in the Adam Sandler film Funny People playing herself. And Leifer just guest starred on Larry’s David’ s Curb Your Enthusiasm. Carol will join the cast of NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice starting on March 14 on NBC.
Carol, a Long Island native, began her career as a comic in such well-known 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 one night and personally caught her show. His visit led to 25 appearances on NBC’s Late Night with David Letterman. In addition, Dave also produced Carol’s Cinemax special called Carol Doesn’t Leifer Anymore.
Shortly thereafter, Carol wrote, produced, and starred in three specials for Showtime: Carol Leifer Comedy Cruise, Really Big Shoo, and Gaudy, Bawdy, and Blue, which was nominated for three CableACE Awards. She also appeared in HBO’s Young Comedians Special and Rodney Dangerfield: Nothin’ Goes Right. Leifer also starred in her own stand-up special for Comedy Central.
The New York Times praised Leifer’s standup as having “a gentle eye for the smaller absurdities.”
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 has appeared on numerous other television shows, including Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Huckabee, Live with Regis and Kelly, The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet, and Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell.
Carol has also been the opening act for a variety of legendary performers, including Frank Sinatra, The Pointer Sisters, Wynonna Judd, and Jerry Seinfeld.
Turning to Carol’s writing career, it all began when she became a staff writer for the seminal comedy show Saturday Night Live. She moved on to writing sitcoms, joining the staff of Seinfeld, where she contributed to over 75 episodes, eventually becoming a producer of the show that has been hailed as “the greatest sitcom of all time.” The most famous episodes of Seinfeld that Leifer penned (or co-penned) include the famous ‘shrinkage’ episode “The Hamptons” (nominated for the Writer’s Guild Award), “The Understudy” (starring Bette Midler), “The Lip Reader” (featuring Marlee Matlin), and the episode that made marble-rye bread a classic, “The Rye.”
Following that, Carol served as writer and supervising producer on HBO’s critically-acclaimed The Larry Sanders Show. Carol then went on to become executive producer and co-creator of The Ellen Show on CBS, which was nominated for the People’s Choice Award and the GLAAD Award.
Carol is a regular writer for the Academy Awards and has written material for stars as diverse as Billy Crystal, Chris Rock, Whoopi Goldberg, and Ellen DeGeneres.
In 2006, Carol made her feature directing debut as part of Glamour magazine’s “Reel Moments.” Her short film, Blinders, starring Jamie-Lynn Sigler (The Sopranos) was showcased along with Jennifer Aniston and Bryce Dallas Howard, all gracing the independent film festival circuit.
As an actress, Carol starred in, created, and executive-produced the WB sitcom Alright, Already, lauded as one of the “10 Best Shows of the New Season” by the Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post. Carol has also made guest appearances on Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Naked Truth, and Will & Grace.
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