Chelsea Handler not only has her show, but five others to boot. Whitney Cummings has taken over the roasts from Lisa Lampanelli and has her own sit com now in season two.
And moving up the fast track is another young star named Iliza Schlesinger.
This young beauty was the only female winner on NBC’s Last Comic Standing three years ago. Iliza parlayed that into her own TV series, EXCUSED. The show now enters season two and is on year round. Her series runs five days a week nationwide.
The not quite 30 star is also in line for her own network talk show. Iliza and area comic, KU gal Nikki Glaser are the two young guns right behind Chelsea and Whitney today.
Women have a tougher time in the comedy industry than men.
First off there are 10 times more guys doing comedy than women. Outside of Chelsea few TV shows have gone to young women. With this new group that has started to change.
Her comedy on stage is fast paced and no-holds-barred on everything from what women want in a man to the social media’s insane new life style.
I met Iliza at Pauley and Mitzi Shore‘s Comedy Store in 2009. She had just won NBC’S Last Comic Standing and her show was so high energy it really stood out from the other top named comics that night.
My lawyer introduced me to her and we hit it off. She came in that year and was just great. A year later her career exploded but now she’s back again. She’s a tough cookie, very attractive and we have a running joke about this one, “No I never slept with Craig Glazer.” She yells that out in public so anyone seeing us doesn’t think the she’s babe of the week. In fact she pulled that stunt in Canada this past July at the Montreal Comedy Fest. Iliza had a show there and killed. In fact when Chelsea did her thing at the Festival, Iliza was kind enough to come down and watch Steve Kramer and I give our pitch for our animated show.
I will always love her for coming in a day early with T.J. Miller and doing the memorial show for my younger brother Jack nearly a year ago.
If you want to see one of the top 5 female comics in America, catch Iliza Schlesinger live this week at Stanford’s. I promise you’ll be glad you came.