Long Island native Wendy Liebman quickly learned the value of a good sense of humor. What she didnt know was that she was developing a fresh and unique style of comedy that would be heralded in years to come. "I always made my family laugh by muttering something under my breath at the dinner table", she says. "Thats what I do now on stage, though my family isnt in the audience".
After graduating from Wellesley College in Boston, Wendy worked in psychology research, publishing and public administration. Given her life-long love of comedy, she found the courage to try standup and for six years honed her talent on stages throughout New England. Performing in clubs, colleges and even bowling alleys, Wendy was always at work the next morning and on time (drinking a lot of coffee!)
Having won the Johnny Walker Comedy Competition semi-finals in Boston, Wendy went to Los Angeles to compete in the finals. That evening, at the famous IMPROV, she was discovered by the talent coordinator of the Tonight Show With Johnny Carson. Three months later she moved to Los Angeles.
Wendys stock in trade is the one-liner with the subliminal afterthought. The effectiveness of her technique lies largely in the unexpectedness of her timing. The punchline invariably falls after the joke seems to be over. The Los Angeles Times raves. "Shes a master of the throwaway line, of making a perfectly rational observation, then adding, almost subliminally, the punch fine which skews everything she has said before".
In 95, Wendy starred in HBOs "Women of the Night" comedy special and "Comic Relief VII". With the introduction, "When we sat down to decide who the first comedian on the show should be, only one name came to mind. The funniest comedian on the circuit, Wendy Liebman!" Rosie ODonnell introduced Wendy onto her new show on June 12, 1996. On August 23, she starred in her own HBO Comedy Half Hour special which taped at the Fillmore in San Francisco, and Wendy covered the 1996 Emmy Awards for HBO on September 8. Wendy is currently developing a network television series through a developmental deal with HBO Independent Productions.
On February 9, 1997 with two previous nominations, Wendy won The American Comedy Awards "Best Female Stand-Up Comic" award. Wendy accepted her award from presenters Roseanne and Lily Tomlin before a crowd which included Rob Reiner, Carol Burnett, Mel Brooks, Paul Reiser, Kathy Bates and Albert Brooks, among others. In 95, Wendy starred in HBOs "Women of the Night" comedy special and "Comic Relief Vll". She has also become a familiar presence on television making regular appearances on the Late Show With David Letterman and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. It is Wendys dream to combine acting and comedy in a television role.
The word on the street Is unanimous: THIS IS WENDYS YEAR!