Carol Leifer

Comedian, Screenwriter, Actor
Carol Leifer took the business of making people laugh very seriously. As one of stand-up comedy's most original female performers, Leifer did not have to look too hard or too far for material for her act. She made ... Read more »
Born: 07/26/1956 in Long Island, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (52)

Inside Comedy 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

It's Like, You Know... 1992 - 1997, 1999 - 2000, 2002 - 2003, 2005 - 2006, 2009 - 2010, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Real Time with Bill Maher 2008 - 2009, 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Seinfeld 1992 - 1997, 1999 - 2000, 2002 - 2003, 2005 - 2006, 2009 - 2010, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Naked Truth 1992 - 1997, 1999 - 2000, 2002 - 2003, 2005 - 2006, 2009 - 2010, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Civil Wars 1992 - 1993, 1996 - 1997, 1999 - 2000, 2002 - 2003, 2005 - 2006, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Apprentice 2002 - 2003, 2005 - 2006, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Contestant

The Battle for Late Night 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Funny People 2009 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2009 (Tv Show)

Guest

Bee Movie 2007 (Movie)

Voice of Press Person #1 (Actor)

Search for the Funniest Mom in America 2002 - 2003, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Will & Grace 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Great American Celebrity Spelling Bee 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Comedy Central Presents... 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

I Love the '70s 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Star Search 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Inside TV Land 1999 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist 1994 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

Larry David: Curb Your Enthusiasm 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

12th Annual American Comedy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Alright Already 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Caroline's Comedy Hour 1989 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Comedy Club Superstars 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Carol Leifer: Gaudy, Bawdy & Blue 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

London Underground 1990 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Golden Palace 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

USO Comedy Tour (12/19/92) 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Fractured Film Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Search For the New Ideal Man 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Carol Leifer: Really Big Shoo! 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Lovelaughs 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The World of Jewish Humor 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Leifer Madness 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Super Bowl Saturday Nite 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 11th Annual ACE Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Baloney 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Carol Leifer Comedy Cruise 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Comedy Club Special 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Carol Doesn't Leifer Anymore 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Rodney Dangerfield: Nothin' Goes Right 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Desperately Seeking Susan 1985 (Movie)

Party Guest (Actor)

Dream On (TV Show)

Actor

Medusa: Dare to Be Truthful (TV Show)

Actor

The Alan Brady Show (TV Show)

Voice
Writer (14)

Saturday Night Live 1975 - 2015 (TV Show)

Writer

The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Writer

The 84th Annual Academy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Writer

Modern Family 2011 (Tv Show)

Writer

Carrie Underwood: An All-Star Holiday Special 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Writer

The 82nd Annual Academy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Writer

The 79th Annual Academy Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Writer

The 77th Annual Academy Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Writer

The 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Writer

The 76th Annual Academy Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Writer

The 74th Annual Academy Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Writer

The 72nd Annual Academy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Writer

The 1996 Emmy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Writer

The 69th Annual Tony Awards (TV Show)

Writer
Producer (5)

Almost Perfect 1992 - 1997, 1999 - 2000, 2002 - 2003, 2005 - 2006, 2009 - 2010, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Supervising Producer

Devious Maids 1992 - 1993, 1996 - 1997, 1999 - 2000, 2002 - 2003, 2005 - 2006, 2009 - 2010, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Co-Executive Producer

I'm With Her 1992 - 1997, 1999 - 2000, 2002 - 2006, 2009 - 2010, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Consulting Producer

Rules of Engagement 2007 (Tv Show)

Co-Executive Producer

The Ellen Show 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Biography

Carol Leifer took the business of making people laugh very seriously. As one of stand-up comedy's most original female performers, Leifer did not have to look too hard or too far for material for her act. She made people laugh simply by jokes and sharp observations on subjects close to her heart - her Jewish upbringing, relationship issues, and the wacky incidents that occurred in her daily life. Throughout her career, the renowned comedienne headlined numerous comedy specials including "Caroline Doesn't Leifer Anymore" (Cinemax, 1988), "Carol Leifer Comedy Cruise" (Showtime, 1989), and made frequent appearances on "Comedy Central Presents" (1998- ). As a writer, Leifer lent her comedic genius to many hit shows like "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ) and "Seinfeld" (NBC, 1989-1998), starring her former one-time boyfriend, Jerry Seinfeld. Their relationship triggered longtime rumors that the legendary sitcom's Elaine Benes character was based on Leifer, but she later insisted the rumors were untrue. As an author, Leifer composed the entertaining book of essays, When You Lie About Your Age, the Terrorists Win (2009) in which the now 40-year-old came out as gay. Content with her longtime comedic career, a philanthropic Leifer gave Donald Trump a run for his money during her stint on "Celebrity Apprentice" (NBC, 2009- ) in 2010. Throughout her long career -whether by writing scripts or performing on stage - Leifer kept her audiences in stitches decade after decade by staying true to her comedic roots.

Relationships

Anna Leifer Actor

Mother

Seymour Leifer

Father

Bruno Leifer-Wolf

Son
Born January 17, 2007 Leifer's son with partner Lori Wolf

Ritch Shydner Actor

Husband
Divorced

Lori Wolf Actor

Domestic Partner

EDUCATION

Binghamton University

Vestal , New York

Milestones

2010

Joined the third season of NBC's "The Celebrity Apprentice"

2007

Co-executive producer for the first season of "Rules of Engagement" (CBS)

2003

Was a consulting producer on ABC's "I'm with Her"

2001

Created the short-lived CBS sitcom, "The Ellen Show"

1999

Co-produced and wrote for the short-lived ABC sitcom, "It's Like, You Know..."

1997

Was a writer-producer on "The Larry Sanders Show" (HBO)

1997

Starred in, created and executive-produced the WB sitcom, "Alright Already"

1993

Worked as a writer and producer on NBC's "Seinfeld"; reportedly was the model for the character of Elaine (played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus)

1988

Headlined her own special on Cinemax titled, "Carol Doesn't Leifer Anymore"; produced by David Letterman

1985

Wrote for "Saturday Night Live" (NBC)

Discovered by David Letterman while performing in a comedy club in the 1980s

Performed on NBC's "Late Night With David Letterman" multiple times

Starred in own sitcom, "Alright Already" for The WB

Began performing stand-up in the 1970s

Bonus Trivia

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Jewish

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