Laura Kightlinger

Laura Kightlinger is an American actress, comedian, and writer. She was a writer and consulting producer on Will & Grace, while also occasionally appearing on the show as the character Nurse Sheila. Kightlinger also played the title role in the TV show The Minor Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman, which she created, wrote, and executive produced.

Laura Kightlinger
OccupationActress, comedian, writer, producer
Years active1991–present



Kightlinger was a featured player for the Saturday Night Live (1994-5).[1]

In 2006, Kightlinger appeared in The Minor Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman, a comedy series. Asked how much of the series was based on her personal experience, she said:

I think like 85% and then the other 15 is the experience of a woman. We usually cull a lot of stories from what happened to us and our friends, so I’d say a lot of it is. I always feel like rejection is my petrol. That’s what keeps me going.[2]

Kightlinger has had three stand-up comedy specials on HBO and six on Comedy Central.[3]


In 1997, Kightlinger appeared in Who's the Caboose?, an independent movie comedy starring Sarah Silverman and Sam Seder.[citation needed]

In 2001, she made a short film, Dependable People, which won both the Black Maria Film Festival Director's Citation (Honorable Mention[4]) and the International Festival of Cinema and Technology Best New Director Award in 2002.[5] It was released on the DVD "Celebrity Mix" with other short films in 2006.[6][7]

In 2003, she directed her first documentary, Sixty Spins Around the Sun, which chronicles the New York City street movement to repeal the Rockefeller Drug Laws.[8] It focuses on political satirist turned activist Randy Credico and his fight to repeal the laws. The film follows Credico to Tulia, Texas, during a racially motivated drug bust, which is the subject of an upcoming film starring Halle Berry. Included in this documentary are stand-up comics Larry David, Colin Quinn, Don Gavin, Vanessa Hollingshead, and Nick DiPaolo. It won Best Documentary at the 2003 Empire State Film Festival,[9] 2003 Boston International Film Festival,[10] and 2005 Beverly Hills Film Festival (Jury Award).[11] Her film credits include: DaddyDaycare, Kicking and Screaming, Anchorman: Wake up Ron Burgundy, The Truth About Lies, and The Outdoorsman.

She has written and directed several short films, including: Cat Demon: Re-Exhumed.[citation needed]

In 2005, she starred in the short film Dysenchanted, directed by Terri Edda Miller, which received critical acclaim.[12]

In 2017, she had a cameo in The Lego Batman Movie, voicing the roles of Orca and Reporter Pippa.[citation needed]


Kightlinger's book Quick Shots of False Hope was published in 1999. The New York Times Book Review described it as "funny and disturbing", "memorable", and an "idiosyncratic and darkly comic debut."[13] As of 2006, she was adapting the book for film.[14]


Kightlinger has written several shorts for Funny or Die[15] and, including “American Heroine”, in which she starred,[16] and “Roy Fabcock: Legendary Lover.” (2010).[17]


Kightlinger endorsed Senator Bernie Sanders for President in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.[18]


  1. ^ Gus Wezerek (December 14, 2019). "The 'S.N.L.' Stars Who Lasted, and the Ones Who Flamed Out". The New York Times. Archived from the original on December 14, 2019. Retrieved December 16, 2019. Some of the names here will be familiar only to die-hard fans; others, like Murphy, defined what was funny for generations of viewers.
  2. ^ Topel, Fred (August 7, 2007). "Laura Kightlinger's Major Accomplishment". Archived from the original on October 9, 2007. Retrieved May 15, 2013.
  3. ^ "About Laura Kightlinger". Comedy Central. Retrieved May 15, 2013.
  4. ^ "Black Maria Film and Video Festival Award Winners 2004 (flash pulldown menu)". 2004. Archived from the original on October 10, 2004. Retrieved September 12, 2012. (for name of award only)
  5. ^ "Film Festival - IFCT, 2002 Awards". International Festival of Cinema and Technology. Archived from the original on February 14, 2003. Retrieved September 12, 2012.
  6. ^ Tyner, Adam (February 4, 2006). "Celebrity Mix:TLA Releasing // Unrated // January 17, 2006". DVD Talk. Retrieved May 15, 2012.
  7. ^ Longsdorf, Amy (February 10, 2006). "Elizabethtown' misses the mark, even on DVD". Courier Post. Cherry Hill, N.J. p. B, 23 – via Proquest.(subscription required)
  8. ^ Moss, Corey (October 6, 2003). "Jack Black Working To Make Dog Turds And Drug Laws Disappear". Retrieved September 12, 2012.
  9. ^ Archived February 3, 2005, at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ "First Annual BIFF Award Winners Announced". Boston International Film Festival. July 7, 2003. Archived from the original on December 13, 2003. Retrieved September 12, 2012.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  11. ^ "2005 Beverly Hills Film Festival Winners". Archived from the original on May 9, 2008. Retrieved September 12, 2012.
  12. ^ Tyner, Adam (February 4, 2006). "Celebrity Mix".
  13. ^ Shapiro, Susan (November 7, 1999). "Quick Shots of False Hope". New York Times Book Review.
  14. ^ Keepnews, Peter (September 21, 2006). "Wryly, if Warily, Accepting More Than Modest Success". New York Times.
  15. ^ "Laura Kightlinger's Funny or Die profile". Funny or Die. Retrieved September 12, 2012.
  16. ^ "Laura Kightlinger, Jay Johnston star in's disturbing (funny?) 'American Heroine'". January 13, 2011. Archived from the original on January 30, 2012. Retrieved September 12, 2012.
  17. ^ "Roy Fabcock - Legendary Lover - Video Clip". CC Studios - Comedy Central. November 12, 2010. Archived from the original on January 20, 2013. Retrieved September 12, 2012.
  18. ^ "Our Barn-Stormin'-for-Bernie Fundraiser in the IE". Facebook. July 18, 2015. Retrieved October 26, 2015.

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