by Ryan Meehan
Wendy Liebman is no stranger to the game of standup comedy and has been performing live for 25 years. She has since been a regular on almost every late night talk show you can imagine and has also appeared on too many other television shows for me to list here. But I will mention that one of those shows was “Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist”, which you probably already guessed because that’s one of my favorite shows of all time and I’ve made it my goal to interview every living comedian that’s been on that cartoon couch. Wendy will be once again featured at JFL in Montreal this July, and she’s our guest this week in 5 Questions.
FOH: How many times have you done the “Just For Laughs” festival, which was your favorite time any why?
WL: Pretty sure this will be my 3rd time performing at the festival and my 4th time there. Each was amazing. The first because I had never been to Canada before and I fell in love with it immediately. The people were thee nicest, coolest, smartest and funniest people I’d ever met The second time I met a soulmate And the third time my husband came with me and we explored Montreal. Just being part of the festival is an incredible feeling — whether performing or watching
FOH: What did you try to do differently in ”Taller on TV” that you hadn’t done in your previous standup work?
WL: While I did a lot of jokes, both new and greatest hits, I got downright silly (wheeling my real mother out playing the drums) and philosophical (sitting on a couch, sharing some of my tweets). I also showed home movies (e.g., our lemonade stand — we had a two drink minimum), and a clip of me on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson from 1991.
FOH: What hoops do you think women have to jump through in the funny business that men don’t?
WL: The person on stage is the leader. People tend to think of men as leaders. When a comedienne is on stage she has to convince you that she’s both in charge and funny without intimidating. Also, having children complicates travel.
FOH: What will standup comedy look like ten years from now?
WL: Hmmm. Maybe it will be replaced by live podcasting.
FOH: What’s next for Wendy in the twelve months to come?
Performing! And I do a weekly radio show, in LA with Terri Nunn (www.kcsn.org). I’ve been writing a one act comedy, COMMENCE, about a college graduation ceremony. I write a blog LMAO with Wendy! (firstname.lastname@example.org). Walking my dogs. And keeping myself open to all possibilities
Wendy’s Showtime special is available for download on her website for only $5, so check that out if you get a chance.
Official Website: www.wendyliebman.com
Wendy on Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/WendyLiebman
Wendy on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hbH9j8Sz1Q
Wendy on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/wendy.liebman
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