Laura Kightlinger is a writer, stand-up comic, and actor. She created and starred in the critically acclaimed IFC series, THE MINOR ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF JACKIE WOODMAN for which she received a Satellite Best Actress nomination and a Vision Award. She was a consulting producer for 8 seasons on the hit sitcom WILL & GRACE where she had a recurring role as “Nurse Sheila.” Laura was a series regular on HBO’s LUCKY LOUIE, a writer for NICK SWARDSON’S PRETEND TIME, recently wrote the animated pilot for Comedy Central I OWE LARRY DAVID MONEY and is currently a consulting producer on TWO BROKE GIRLS.
Her first book, “Quick Shots of False Hope”, was described by the New York Times Book Review as a “memorable, disturbing, and darkly comic debut.”
Kightlinger is an accomplished director as well. Her first documentary, “Sixty Spins Around the Sun,” chronicling the New York City street movement to repeal the Rockefeller Drug Laws, won Best Documentary at the Boston, Beverly Hills, and Empire film festivals in 2008. Laura also garnered the Black Maria Director’s Citation and IFCT’s Best New Director award for a short film she wrote and starred in called “Dependable People.” She has written several shorts for Funnyordie and Atom.com including: “Roy Fabcock: Legendary Lover,” and “American Heroine,” in which she also starred.
In addition to the above, Kightlinger has written for DENNIS MILLER LIVE, SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, where she was also a featured performer, and ROSEANNE. She was also a writer and cast member on Roseanne’s sketch comedy series, SATURDAY NIGHT SPECIAL on Fox. Laura has had her own stand-up specials on HBO and Comedy Central, and is currently working on material for an hour special.