Leighann Lord

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Smart, sexy, savvy, and funny, Leighann Lord’s “heads up humor” is stand-up comedy at it’s finest. Inspired by the brilliance of George Carlin, the smooth jazz style of Franklyn Ajaye, and the elegance of Rita Rudner, Leighann has crafted her own unique brand of Thinking Cap Comedy. It’s no wonder she received the NYC Black Comedy Award for “The Most Thought Provoking Black Female Comic.” And for two consecutive years, Leighann was Harlem Week’s official comedian. (The only other comedian in Harlem Week’s history to earn that distinction was Richard Pryor.)

As an actress, Leighann has appeared in the George Lucas film Radioland Murders and on several TV shows including Charlie Rose and That Money Show (PBS). She has also been seen in commercials for Lean Cuisine, US Cellular, ESPN, Bank of America, and Cox Cable.

As a comedic commentator Leighann has pulled pundit duty on Arise360, VH1, Fox News, CNN and MSNBC giving her informed and funny take on current events. She is a co-host on NiteShift (WBAI Radio, NYC) and the Emmy-nominated StarTalk (Radio & NatGeo) with astrophysicist Dr. Neil de Grasse Tyson.

As a writer Leighann has contributed to Medium, The Huffington Post, and she wrote for the pilot of The Chris Rock Show. She is a member of the Writers Guild of America, East.

Leighann is the author of Dict Jokes: Alternate Definitions for Words You’ve Probably Never Heard of But Will Definitely Never Forget. It’s based on the idea that words would be a lot more fun if they meant what they sound like. 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. Guaranteed laughs and wistful smiles. Perfection.”.

Leighann’s stand-up album, I’ve Got Connections (available on iTunes) is frequently heard on Sirius Satellite Radio and she has appeared on many stand-up comedy shows including Girls Night Out (Lifetime), The Original Def Comedy All Star Jam (HBO), Premium Blend (Comedy Central), The World Stands Up (Comedy Central), Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen, VH1's 40 Most Shocking Celebrity Hair Moments, The View (ABC), Comic Quickies (SiTV), HA! Comedy (Gospel Music Channel), and We Got Next (AspireTV). Named one of New York’s 10 Hot Comics by Improper Magazine her web site, VeryFunnyLady.com, says it all!