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" — 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.


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