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Carol  Leifer

Carol Leifer

Award-Winning Comedy Writer 


Author, award-winning producer, actress and stand-up comedian, in Carol’s own words, she loves making people laugh. Carol’s dazzling, observational style humor caused her to be nominated four times for an Emmy for her writing on such extraordinary television shows as Seinfeld, The Larry Sanders Show and Saturday Night LiveRead More >

She has written for the Oscars Telecast eight times, more than any other female writer to date, most recently in 2018 for host Jimmy Kimmel. Most impressively, among her many honors is the prestigious Writer’s Guild Award for her work on television’s number one comedy show, Modern Family

Carol is currently the Co-Executive Producer of the new NBC show, Better Late than Never, which stars a remarkable line-up of such notable personalities as William Shatner, Henry Winkler, George Foreman and Terry Bradshaw.  She is also working as the head writer for Carol Burnett’s new Netflix series, A Little Help, premiering May 4, 2018.

Starring in five of her own comedy specials that aired on HBO, Showtime and Comedy Central, Carol holds the record (an unbelievable 25 times) for the most appearances on Late Show with David Letterman.

After all of her remarkable accomplishments, Carol still finds time to perform at many of the country’s prominent comedy clubs, theaters and universities, doing stand-up comedy at its best alone, or appearing with such famous celebrities as Paul Reiser and Jay Leno. Currently (2018) Carol is touring with Jerry Seinfeld.

And to top off an already prestigious career, Carol has written two best-sellers, When You Lie About Your Age, The Terrorists Win and her latest, How To Succeed In Business Without Really Crying. Read Less ^

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A Glimpse of Carol Leifer

Speaking Out for Choice

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Writing for the Oscars

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How to Succeed in Business Without Really Crying

Based on her April 2014 bestseller, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Crying, Carol Leifer discusses her extraordinary three-decade journey through show business, illuminating her many triumphs and some missteps along the way. In a presentation that is a perfect blend of comedy and mentorship, Leifer offers valuable lessons and shares her secrets for success with her witty and hilarious how-to guide for everyone: College graduates just breaking into the job market, women who find themselves frustrated by the “glass ceiling” and for anybody who wants a bigger and better career now. Using priceless insight, she provides audiences with tips and tricks for getting ahead, finding your way and opening locked doors.

Comedy Workshop with Carol Leifer

Have you dreamed of becoming a comedy writer, either as a hobby or a profession? Do you think your company, organization, or students could benefit from an infusion of humor in presentations and seminars? Read More >

Then four-time Emmy nominee and best-selling author Carol Leifer is perfect for your group! Book her now for her critically acclaimed writer’s workshop.

You will learn:

  • The basics of joke writing and personal essay writing from the woman who’s written for Billy Crystal, Ellen DeGeneres, Chris Rock, Steve Martin, Alec Baldwin, and Whoopi Goldberg
  • What makes a funny idea for an episode of a sitcom
  • The behind-the-scenes stories of triumph and tragedy from the woman who’s written for Seinfeld, Saturday Night Live, and Modern Family
  • Never-before-shared secrets of breaking into the business
  • The art of “pitching” your comedy ideas—in work and everyday life

You’ll even have the chance to get up on stage and read your joke or personal essay in front of Carol Leifer for on-the-spot encouragement and direction. By bringing simple exercises to her workshops, Leifer unleashes the funny power that lies in everyone! Read Less ^

When You Lie About Your Age, the Terrorists Win: Reflections on Looking in the Mirror

Coming Out: The Guts, the Glory, the Grief

Life on an Everything Bagel: Wisdom & Thoughts on Life from Seinfeld Writer Carol Leifer

How to Handle Everything with the Key Ingredient of Humor

Life, Work & Staying Sane: How Women Find Balance in Today's Chaos

Laughter Really Is the Best Medicine: How Humor Makes You Healthier, Reduces Stress & Helps You Be a Peak Performer