In stand-up comedy there is something known as a Wendy Liebman-style joke. An example from Ms. Liebman’s act: “I was on an airplane and this guy wanted me — to stop talking.” She laughs at the notion of having a style of joke named after her. “It’s a misdirect,” she points out as if to downplay her solid joke writing ability. Of course there’s more to her act then bait-and-switch punchlines. “I've been on so many blind dates, I should get a free dog,” is a just a sample of her concise wit.
Being that sharp, though, takes a lot of exercising of the comedy muscles. Her favorite place to “workout”? Social media networks. “I spend a lot of time on Facebook and Twitter writing all day long,” she says, “because I feel it’s my job to entertain people.” A natural on stage, Liebman recently left her comfort zone and suddenly felt anxiety while performing. “A couple of weeks ago I did karaoke and got nervous in a way I hadn’t gotten nervous in 25 years,” she reveals. “I’m so used to getting on stage in front of strangers to tell jokes, but singing is a whole different animal. It was kind of cool being nervous again. I didn’t think I had any adrenaline left.” Liebman performs Thursday-Sunday at The Funny Bone on the Levee.
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