Top 15 Comedians

Leighann Lord



While lifelong Jamaica native Leighann Lord had been writing and performing throughout college, it took five years of working in corporate America to push Lord toward a career in comedy.

“I hated it,” she said of her job in corporate communications for a chemical company.  “I wanted something to get me out of the cubicle. So I thought, ‘what can I do that will make me happy?’ Stand-up combined the things that I enjoyed, so it seemed like a very logical thing to do. I jumped in and pursued it and have never looked back.”

After attending comedy classes, Lord stepped on the stage for the first time on March 31, 1992, at the Comic Strip on 2nd Avenue.

“Right before I went on stage the first time I was terrified,” she said. “I was like what am I doing, I’ve made the biggest mistake of my life. But then I got on stage and all of that went away. I literally felt like I was walking into the most comfortable place I had ever been, and I still feel that way. I get on stage and life feels better from that direction.”

Surprisingly soon after hitting the open mic circuit, Lord landed an agent after a fellow comic recommended her. Although she had less than an hour of material, her agent soon had her traveling across the country performing at colleges.

“That was an incentive to work at it even harder,” she said. “As a comic, it was the push I needed. To be doing gigs where people actually handed me currency, I was stunned.”

Lord went on to win the The View’s “Hilarious Housewives Contest” and her standup has appeared on HBO’s The Original Def Comedy All Star Jam and Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, among other shows. She has also written her own humorous book, Dict Jokes, which posits potential meanings for little-known words.

Lord is perhaps best known as a co-host with American astrophysicist Neil Degrasse Tyson of the popular “Star Talk Radio” podcast.

“What’s particularly fun is I don’t have a science background, and he’s cool with that,” she said. “When we’re in the studio my face is a barometer for him. The less confused I look, the better he knows his explanation is. He really wants to make it okay for people to not know.”

Next up for Leighann is a new memoir about her life in comedy, Real Women Do It Standing Up, on which she’s currently at work. You can catch her live at Stand Up NY or download the “Star Talk” podcast on iTunes.

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