October 24, 2014

Wendy Liebmans got talent

Wendy Liebman

Did you watch this past season of “America’s Got Talent?” If you said yes, you probably have heard of stand-up comedian Wendy Liebman. After being eliminated in the quarterfinals of the show, judge Howard Stern selected Liebman as his wild card, allowing her to appear on the show one more time.

Though it was magician Mat Franco who won season 9 of the competition, Liebman was able to bring her already successful career to new heights.

The Long Island native’s stand-up career began after graduating from Wellesley College with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She performed research at Harvard Medical School and worked as the assistant to the director at a fellowship program at Radcliffe College. One day, Liebman decided to look into taking a comedy class at The Cambridge Center for Adult Education in Cambridge, Mass.

“I was reading the course catalogue when I saw, ‘How to Be a Stand Up Comedian.’ That really resonated,” Liebman said. “I wasn’t planning on pursuing comedy but it fell into place.”

Her first professional stand-up performance took place about 30 years ago at Stitches, a comedy club in Boston, Mass.

“The person I went with said no one heard a word I said, but I felt good about it. Comedy is addictive,” she said.

Her career took off. Liebman became a regular on the “Late Show with David Letterman” and she appeared on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” She was the first... Read the rest of this article in Entertainment


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