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Leighann Lord, who was the emcee of the entire Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop in 2022, is a stand-up comedian, author and podcaster. She’s been seen on Comedy Central, HBO, The View, Netflix’s Dry Bar Comedy and Showtime’s Funny Women of a Certain Age. She has written several humor books including Dict Jokes: Alternate Definitions for Words You’ve Probably Never Heard of But Will Definitely Never Forget and Real Women Do It Standing Up: Stories from the Career of a Very Funny Lady. She named a podcast series and a weekly humor column in Stage Time magazine The Urban Erma in tribute to Erma Bombeck. In People with Parents, a podcast she created and hosted, she shared personal stories about role reversal with aging parents. She received the 2019 Humanist Arts Award from the American Humanist Association. Lord is also a firm supporter of the Oxford comma.

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Fast, fast drawing of a smart, smart woman. I wish I had some of her comedy chops she displayed as emcee. A fast live drawing doesn’t do her justice. She’s a real presence, and I’m sorry I didn’t redo this drawing. One day I will return and she will return, and I will execute something more substantial.


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