About Leighann Lord

StarTalk All-Star

Smart, sexy, savvy, and funny, Leighann Lord’s “heads up humor” is stand-up comedy at its 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.)

Leighann has performed around the world. In London she appeared at The Comedy Store, and on the BBC show Blouse and Skirt (think Politically Incorrect meets BET). In The Netherlands, she was a guest on the popular late night talk show Raymann is Late! and The Comedy Factory. A festival favorite, Leighann has been featured in the Trinidad, Montreal, Winnipeg, Halifax, Boston, Detroit and NYC Underground Comedy Festivals. She also entertained U.S. troops stationed in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia during Operation Enduring Freedom, as well as troops helping the Haitian earthquake relief effort (Operation Unified Response).

As a comedic commentator Leighann has pulled pundit duty on VH1, Fox News, and MSNBC giving her informed and funny take on politics, world news and current events. Her popular weekly humor blog, The Urban Erma, is the longest running featured column on StageTimeMag.com and is available as a free podcast on iTunes. Leighann has also contributed various blogs on online magazines including FoxNew.com’s Team Washington, The Huffington Post, and she wrote for the pilot of The Chris Rock Show.

Leighann is the author of several books including Dict Jokes: Alternate Definitions for Words You’ve Probably Never Heard of But Will Definitely Never Forget, Volume One, which was nominated for a Wheatley Award. Dict Jokes, Volume Two, is also available on Amazon Kindle. She is most proud of her latest book is Real Women Do It Standing Up. For giggles she also penned Leighann Lord’s Big Book of Book Titles: When You Don’t Have Time to Read a Whole F**king Book. You might also enjoy her essay collections The Great Spanx Experiment, I Wish Facebook Had a Hate Button, and Happy Black Men.

Leighann was the NYC face of the African Americans for Humanism Outreach Campaign sponsored by the Center For Inquiry. She was featured in The Atheist Book: A Better Life by Chris Johnson and is a contributor to Laughing Liberally: Letters to the American Voter. (The ebook is available on Amazon.) Leighann can be heard on StarTalk Radio with Dr. Neil de Grasse Tyson.

COMING TO THE STAGE

Leighann’s stand-up is frequently heard on XM-Sirius Satellite Radio and 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! (ASPIRE TV). Named one of New York’s 10 Hot Comics by Improper Magazine her web site, VeryFunnyLady.com, says it all!