Lizz Winstead

Lizz Winstead

Lizz Winstead (born August 5, 1961) is a Minnesota-born comedian who was co-creator of "The Daily Show" along with Madeline Smithberg, and served as head writer. In late 1997, the show's host Craig Kilborn told an off-color joke about Winstead in an "Esquire magazine" interview — saying "If I wanted her to blow me, she would" — [cite web | last = Simmons
first = David Lee | date = April 1 2003
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title = "Fear of Self-Loathing in Los Angeles" | work = Gambit Weekly
publisher = Gambit Communications | accessdate = 2006-06-08
] and behind-the-scenes tension led to her leaving the program in early 1998.

Winstead has made multiple appearances as a panelist on shows such as "Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn" and the public access/PBS program "Mental Engineering" (where she was notably featured in an episode that aired following Super Bowl XXXVI in 2002). In 2002 she and Brian Unger cohosted "O2Be", a satire of network morning programs that was broadcast on the Oxygen network.

Until March 2005, she was a co-host of "Unfiltered" on Air America Radio, along with Rachel Maddow and Chuck D.

Since May 2005 she has been a contributing blogger at The Huffington Post.

In July 2007 she began producing and hosting a live show in New York City called [ Shoot the Messenger] 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 media notables such as Rachel Maddow, Ted Rall, Paul Rieckhoff, and Mark Crispin Miller.


External links

* [ The official Lizz Winstead site/blog]
* [ Lizzland] fan site (last updated 2002)
* [ Shoot the Messenger site]
* [ Review of live show in New York, 2008,]
* [ Lizz Winstead talks about media reform and the creation of The Daily Show]

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