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Wendy Liebman performing at the Stress Factory in New Brunswick, 2012
February 27, 1961 |
Manhasset, New York, United States
|Medium||Stand-up comedy, television|
|Subject(s)||American culture, everyday life|
Wendy Liebman (born February 27, 1961 in Manhasset, New York) is an American stand-up comedian. Her standup style involves the use of gently paced, subtle wordplay, for which she has been compared with Rita Rudner, Jake Johannsen and Steven Wright.
Liebman grew up in Roslyn, Long Island, New York, where she lived in a house at 110 Crescent Lane. Her earliest performances involved her, her sister, and a neighborhood friend performing the play Rumpelstilskin in their basement.
In 1983, Liebman graduated from Wellesley College with a bachelor's degree in psychology. Shortly after graduating from college, Liebman performed psychology research at Harvard Medical School.[clarification needed]
Liebman has appeared on The Larry Sanders Show on HBO, The Tonight Show, Dr. Katz - Professional Therapist, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.
In January 2012, her Showtime special, Wendy Liebman: Taller On TV debuted. In May 2012, it was posted on her website as a $5 DRM-free download.
In 2014, Liebman and her husband were driving when they were struck by a drunk driver. The accident resulted in damage to seven cars and one fatality. The incident affected Liebman's standup career, and so the following year, to "get back out there in a big way" Liebman decided to be a contestant on season nine of America's Got Talent. August 13, 2014, she was eliminated in the quarter-finals, but on August 15, 2014, judge Howard Stern picked Liebman as his wild card for the season, bringing her to the semi-finals. She was eliminated once more on the September 3 episode.
Liebman is Jewish. Although she did not grow up with a strong Jewish identity, she developed a greater connection to her Judaism after reading The Complete Idiot's Guide to Jewish History and Culture.
On April 12, 2003, Liebman married TV producer and writer Jeffrey Sherman, whose father and uncle (the Sherman Brothers) wrote film music for Walt Disney in the 1960s. Sherman has two sons from a previous marriage.