Comedians Leighann Lord

Smart, sexy, savvy, and funny, Leighann Lord’s “heads up humor” is stand-up comedy at its finest. Inspired by the brilliance of George Carlin, the smooth jazz style of Franklyn Ajaye, and the elegance of Rita Rudner, Leighann has crafted her own unique brand of Thinking Cap Comedy. It’s no wonder she received the NYC Black Comedy Award for “The Most Thought Provoking Black Female Comic.” And for two consecutive years, Leighann was Harlem Week’s official comedian. (The only other comedian in Harlem Week’s history to earn that distinction was Richard Pryor.)

Leighann has performed around the world and in all 50 states, including Guam. Yes, Guam. In London she appeared at The Comedy Store, and on the BBC show Blouse and Skirt (think Politically Incorrect meets BET). In The Netherlands, she was a guest on the popular late night talk show Raymann is Late! and The Comedy Factory. A festival favorite, Leighann has been featured in the Trinidad, Montreal, Winnipeg, Halifax, Boston, Detroit and NYC Underground Comedy Festivals. She also entertained U.S. troops stationed in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia during Operation Enduring Freedom, as well as troops helping the Haitian earthquake relief effort (Operation Unified Response).

As a comedic commentator Leighann has pulled pundit duty on VH1, Fox News, and MSNBC giving her informed and funny take on politics, world news and current events. Her popular weekly humor blog, The Urban Erma, is the longest running featured column on and is available as a free podcast on iTunes. Leighann has also contributed various blogs on online magazines including’s Team Washington, The Huffington Post, and she wrote for the pilot of The Chris Rock Show.

​With a beautiful blend of grace, charm, humor and intellect Leighann Lord has become one of the hottest public speakers working today. One of her most popular topics is Parenting Your Parents: Six Caregiver Survival Tips; When Your Empty Nest Smells Like Bengay And Mothballs. Leighann is the creator of the podcast, People with Parents, where she talks about navigating the role-reversal between adult children and their parents.Her careers as an actress (Radioland Murders), stand-up comedian (HBO, Comedy Central, AspireTV), radio and TV co-host (StarTalk with Neil de Grasse Tyson) and author have made her a intuitive and engaging speaker who leaves her audiences enlightened and entertained.

Her careers as an actress (Radioland Murders), stand-up comedian (HBO, Comedy Central, AspireTV), radio and TV co-host (StarTalk with Neil de Grasse Tyson) and author have made her a intuitive and engaging speaker who leaves her audiences enlightened and entertained. ​
Instead of buying shoes, clothes, or a new handbag, I acquired my Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies. Why? Because I’m disciplined and I study.

But for real though, my alma mater was taking too long to award me an honorary degree, so I went on ahead and honored myself. I think Dr. Lord has a nice ring to it.

Oh, who* am I kidding? When the sales are too good to pass up, Dr. Lord is still going shopping. I already have a Masters in that.


*I know it should be “whom” but I’m trying to maintain my colloquial street cred.

Leighann was the NYC face of the African Americans for Humanism Outreach Campaign sponsored by the Center For Inquiry. She was featured in The Atheist Book: A Better Life by Chris Johnson and is a contributor to Laughing Liberally: Letters to the American Voter. (The ebook is available on Amazon.) Leighann is a former co-host of StarTalk Radio with Dr. Neil de Grasse Tyson. And she is the 2019 winner of the Humanist Arts Award.

Leighann’s stand-up is frequently heard on XM-Sirius Satellite Radio and appeared on many stand-up comedy shows including Girls Night Out (Lifetime), The Original Def Comedy All Star Jam (HBO), Premium Blend (Comedy Central), The World Stands Up (Comedy Central), Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen, VH1’s 40 Most Shocking Celebrity Hair Moments, The View (ABC), Comic Quickies (SiTV), HA! Comedy (Gospel Music Channel) and We Got Next! (ASPIRE TV). Named one of New York’s 10 Hot Comics by Improper Magazine her web site,, says it all! Enjoy her recently released Dry Bar Comedy Special!

Recent Venues and Famous TV Debuts

Television & Special Events

The Chris Rock Show – writer
Girls Night Out – Lifetime
The Original Def Comedy All Star Jam – HBO
Premium Blend – Comedy Central
The World Stands Up – Comedy Central
Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen
VH1’s 40 Most Shocking Celebrity Hair Moments
The View – ABC
Comic Quickies – SiTV

Comedy Festivals
Montreal Just for Laughs Comedy Festival
NYC Underground Comedy Festival

Humanist Arts Award Winner – 2019

StarTalk Radio with Dr. Neil de Grasse Tyson
XM-Sirius Satellite Radio

Clubs & Corporate Events

American Atheists
​American Humanist Association
Armed Forces Entertainment
Center for Inquiry
Chambers McCain Foundation
The PA Freethought Society
NECSS: Northeast Con. on Science & Skepticism
New York Society for Ethical Culture
NY Women in Communication
The Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership

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