Wendy Liebman

Wendy Liebman ’83 has learned a lot during her career as a stand-up comedian, as she wrote in the spring 2000 issue of Wellesley magazine. She has become "the Queen of the One-and-a-Half-Liner," a master of "the throwaway line" and "the subliminal afterthought," "a smart and canny comedic architect" with a "time-release punch line." She was the American Comedy Awards’ best female stand-up comic for 1997, has had her own half-hour HBO special, is a regular on "The Late Show with David Letterman," and was the very first comedian to appear on "The Rosie O’Donnell Show." So, for us workaday folks looking in on her star-studded Hollywood existence, that one line in the middle of her life-lessons list—"Dreams really can come true"—is worth remembering. [+]