Iliza Shlesinger

Iliza Shlesinger was an American comedian who in 2008 became the first woman, and youngest person ever, to win NBC's "Last Comic Standing" (NBC, 2003-2014). Born in New York City and raised in Dallas, Texas ... Read more »
Born: 02/22/1983 in New York, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (12)

Conan 2016 (Tv Show)

Guest

Hollywood Game Night 2016 (Tv Show)

Guest

Separation Anxiety 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Host

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2014, 2016 (Tv Show)

Performer

To Tell The Truth 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

World's Funniest Fails 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

Deal With It 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Paradise 2013 (Movie)

Carol (Actor)

Who Gets the Last Laugh? 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Excused 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Host

Chelsea Lately 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Comedy Central Presents... 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Biography

Iliza Shlesinger was an American comedian who in 2008 became the first woman, and youngest person ever, to win NBC's "Last Comic Standing" (NBC, 2003-2014). Born in New York City and raised in Dallas, Texas, Shlesinger's interest in performing began when she was a very young girl. She found that she had an ease and comfort in making people laugh - and many times without even trying. By her mid-teens she started taking comedy serious by joining the famed Dallas improv troupe ComedySportz. Schlesinger quickly became the troupe's standout performer, but felt a bit confined by the limitations of the Dallas comedy scene. That said, when it came time to enroll in college she decided on Emerson for the simple reason that Boston had a thriving comedy scene. Shlesinger studied film at Emerson, but it was the school's local improv troupe called Jimmy's Traveling All Stars that really drew her in. Once again, the young improviser became a standout in the troupe, thus learning to write and perform comedy for the stage. After graduating from Emerson, Shlesinger moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in standup. Within a few years of her arrival, Shlesinger had won MySpace's 2007 "So You Think You're Funny" contest, and also became the first woman ever to win NBC's "Last Comic Standing" in 2008. Before long she was performing her act on TV shows, while traveling the country as one of the comedy world's most in-demand standups. In 2011 Shlesinger began hosting the syndicated dating show "Excused" (Syndicated, 2011-2013), but the show ended its run after a couple of seasons. 2013 was also the year her first standup special "War Paint" premiered on Netflix. Shlesinger had another comedy special premiere on Netflix in 2015 called "Freezing Hot." In March of 2016 Shlesinger returned to television when she began hosting the game show "Separation Anxiety" (TBS, 2016- ). The show, which premiered on TBS in March of 2016, was Shlesinger's first hosting gig since "Excused" ended its run two years prior.

EDUCATION

Kansas State University

Emerson College

Milestones

2016

Started hosting the TBS game show "Separation Anxiety"

2015

Premiered her second Netflix comedy special "Freezing Hot"

2013

Premiered her first Netflix comedy special "War Paint"

2013

Appeared in the film "Paradise"

2011

Hosted the syndicated dating show "Excused"

2008

Became the first woman to win NBC's "Last Comic Standing"

Bonus Trivia

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In 2008 Shlesinger became the first woman to win NBC's talent competition "Last Comic Standing."

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Prior to becoming a standup comedian, Shlesinger performed in various improvisational comedy troupes both in Dallas and Boston.

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In 2007 Shlesinger won MySpace's "So You Think You're Funny" contest, which played a big role in launching her career as a standup comedian.

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