This hilarious and poignant story of how one woman found her comedic voice.
Growing up in the Midwest, the youngest child of Catholic parents, Lizz Winstead learned early that the straightforward questions she posed to various authority figures, including her parents, her parish priest, even an anti-abortion counselor, prompted startled looks and uncomfortable silences, but few plausible answers. Her questions rattled adults because they exposed the inconsistencies and hypocrisies in the people and institutions she confronted.
She didn’t let that deter her. In Lizz Free or Die, she vividly recounts how she fought to find her own voice, both as a comedian and as a woman, and how humor became her most powerful weapon in confronting life’s challenges.
This no-holds-barred collection of autobiographical essays gives an in-depth, uproarious and surprising, honest and poignant look into the life and creativity of one of today’s most influential comic voices. Liz Winstead writes about her naive longing to be a priest, her role in developing The Daily Show, and her often problematic habit of diving into everything headfirst, asking questions later. Lizz Winstead has tapped an outrageous and heartfelt vein of the all too human condition. ISBN 9781594631429.
Lizz Winstead,Co-creator and former head writer of The Daily Show, Lizz Winstead is a comedian and media visionary who has helped changed how we get our news. But Lizz wasn’t just behind the scenes. She is recognized by all the major media outlets, and continues to make numerous television appearances as well as her regular commentary on MSNBC. Lizz also writes satirical commentary for The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal and The Huffington Post.
As a performer, Winstead brought her political wit to The Daily Show as a correspondent and later to the radio waves co-hosting Unfiltered, Air America Radio’s mid-morning show, where she brought on board political big brain Rachel Maddow.
Known as as one of the top political satirists in America, Lizz Winstead is currently touring the country, bringing her razor sharp insights to her ongoing national comedy tour to benefit Planned Parenthood and NARAL which has raised over 2 million dollars.