Lizz Winstead Biography
Lizz Winstead is an American comedian, radio, and television personality, blogger, and writer from Minnesota. She is the co-creator of The Daily Show along with Madeleine Smithberg and served as head writer.
She has also appeared on various shows on CNN and MSNBC as well as a panelist on shows such as Politically Incorrect, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, and the public-access television cable TV/PBS program Mental Engineering (where she was notably featured in an episode that aired following Super Bowl XXXVI in 2002). Winstead and Brian Unger created, wrote, and co-hosted O2Be, a satire of network morning programs that were broadcast on the Oxygen network in 2002.
Lizz co-founded and served as the program director at Air America Radio. She was also the co-host of Unfiltered on Air America Radio, along with Rachel Maddow and Chuck D. She was had also been a contributing blogger at The Huffington Post 2005.
Winstead served as the executive producer of the Weekends with Maury and Connie program on MSNBC in 2006. The show was then canceled later that year and in the last episode Connie Chung performed a musical number with lyrics by Winstead that was called “Thanks for the Memories.” Lizz has produced and hosted a live show in New York City called Shoot the Messenger since 2007, a satirical wrap-up of the week’s news as seen through the eyes of six-hour morning show Wake Up World and featuring interviews with such media notables as Rachel Maddow, Andy Borowitz, Ted Rall, Kurt Andersen, Paul Rieckhoff, and Mark Crispin Miller.
Her first book Lizz Free or Die was published by Riverhead Hardcover on May 10, 2012. It is a collection of autobiographical essays on her life. Lizz founded Lady Parts Justice, an organization dedicated to raising awareness of legislative attempts to block women’s reproductive freedoms in 2012. She attended Southwest High School.
Lizz Winstead Age
Winstead was born on 5 August 1961 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. She is 57 years old as of 2018.
Lizz Winstead Family
She was born the youngest in a conservative Catholic family. Winstead was born to Ginny Winstead and Wilbur Winstead.
Lizz Winstead The Daily Show
Lizz serves as a co-creator and a former head writer of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show. She co-creates the show with Madeleine Smithberg.
Lizz Winstead Comedy
Lizz made her standup comedy debut in 1983 in Minneapolis at the Brave New Workshop. Winstead was a nationally headlining comedian appearing on shows like HBO’s Women of the Night and the Aspen Comedy Festival.
She also wrote and performed for early Comedy Central shows like Women Aloud, and produced the syndicated talk series The Jon Stewart Show, starring the future Daily Show host. Winstead also created Court TV’s Snap Judgment and served as the consulting producer on the pilot of The Man Show.
Winstead helped staff the program with signature talents like Stephen Colbert, Beth Littleford, Brian Unger, and Lewis Black during her time at The Daily Show. In 1998, Lizz left the show after a falling-out with its host at the time, Craig Kilborn.
Winstead received public backlash after sending tweets joking about a tornado that struck outside of Oklahoma City on May 20, 2013.