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2024 Bombeck Workshop Emcee Leighann Lord

Leighann Lord

Leighann Lord is a stand-up comedian, author and podcaster. She’s been seen on Comedy Central, HBO, The View and on Showtime’s Even More Funny Women of a Certain Age. Her Dry Bar Comedy special, I Mean Business, has had over 1 million views.

She has written several humor books, including Dict Jokes: Alternate Definitions for Words You’ve Probably Never Heard of But Will Definitely Never Forget and Real Women Do It Standing Up: Stories from the Career of a Very Funny Lady, which has been called “witty and unexpectedly vulnerable.”

Lord created the weekly humor column, The Urban Erma, which was the longest-running column in Stage Time Magazine. She has contributed to The Huffington Post and wrote for the pilot of The Chris Rock Show.

She is the creator and host of the People with Parents podcast where she shared personal stories about the role reversal between her and her aging parents. The Wall Street Journal called it one of the "10 Podcasts for Older Adults That Promise to Entertain — and Enlighten."

Lord earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism and creative writing from Baruch College, City University of New York and an honorary Ph.D. from the University of Southampton. She is a member of the Writers Guild of America, East. She received the 2019 Humanist Arts Award from the American Humanist Association. 

Leighann is also a firm supporter of the Oxford comma.