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Carol Leifer            

Award-Winning Writer, Author, Actress & Standup Comedian

Emmy-nominated five times for her writing on such classic television shows as Seinfeld, The Larry Sanders Show, Saturday Night Live, Carol Burnett: 90 Years of Laughter & Love, and The Oscars.

Leifer is currently a Writer/Co-Executive Producer for the Emmy-winning HBO series Hacks, starring Jean Smart and a Writer/Consulting Producer for HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm. She also appears in Showtime’s More Funny Women of A Certain Age standup comedy special.

She has written for the Oscars Telecast nine times! More than any other female writer to date. Most impressively, among her many honors is the prestigious Writer’s Guild Award for her writing on television’s classic comedy, Modern Family.

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

After all of her remarkable accomplishments, Leifer 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 alongside such famous comics as Jerry Seinfeld, Bill Maher and Jay Leno.

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Carol Leifer is a clean comedian and proud of it! After 25 appearances on The David Letterman Show, she is used to making people laugh without the use of cursing and f-bombs, totally HR safe! Carol tells her story about being a kid on Long Island, dreaming of one day making it big like the comedians her dad watched on TV shows and specials. “The laughter that rang through my house was such an inspiration for me to go into comedy,” she says. Her journey from being one of the only women on the comedy circuit starting out, the trials and tribulations that she faced and conquered. Segueing to her first comedy writing job on the legendary Saturday Night Live, then moving on to write for the iconic Seinfeld, hers is a tale of determination, grit and gusto. Still going strong thirty years later, as the Co-Executive Producer of the Emmy-winning HBO show Hacks, starring Jean Smart, and producer of Curb Your Enthusiasm, Carol’s tale of hard-won achievement is one for the ages. Her many stories interfacing with legends and the lessons she learned along the way are priceless! Your group will be inspired, entertained, and leaving confident that dreams do come true with just the right amounts of perseverance and positivity!


(Based on Carol’s N.Y. Times Bestselling book)

In this fall-down-funny keynote, Carol describes why she’s been a 30-year mainstay in the male-dominated world of Live Standup and Television Comedy. Her experience is unrivaled as a comedian (25) Letterman appearances, a 40-episode writer on Seinfeld, as the current Co-Executive Producer of the Emmy-winning HBO show Hacks, starring Jean Smart, and writer/producer of Curb Your Enthusiasm.

To be successful in show business at this level, performers, writers, and producers must have a highly resilient, entrepreneurial spirit. Carol takes you behind the scenes of how she navigated disruptive obstacles (and egos) along the way. Your attendees will find Carol’s grit and gusto to be indefatigable, inspiring, and hilarious! Attendees will go home with an easy-to-implement roadmap for developing more confidence and direction in their careers.


(From the comedy writer of Seinfeld, Modern Family, Saturday Night Live and producer of Hacks, and Curb Your Enthusiasm)

If you’re a woman in leadership, how do you get buy-in from your smart and talented male and female team members?


  • The behind-the-scenes stories of triumph and tragedy from the woman who competed against some of the best performers and writers in the world.
  • The art of “pitching” - what scores in comedy writing also scores when pitching in business.
  • When to challenge team members to solve (seemingly impossible) problems for the good of the team.
  • How to encourage inclusivity in order to grow team unity.
  • What can you do when you get pushback from High Ego people?

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