Inspired by the brilliance of George Carlin, the smooth jazz style of Franklyn Ajaye, and the elegance of Rita Rudner, Leighann has crafted her own unique brand of Thinking Cap Comedy. It’s no wonder she received the NYC Black Comedy Award for “The Most Thought Provoking Black Female Comic.”
Leighann has performed around the world. In London she appeared at The Comedy Store, and on the BBC show Blouse and Skirt (think Politically Incorrect meets BET). In The Netherlands, she was a guest on the popular late night talk show Raymann is Late! and The Comedy Factory. A festival favorite, Leighann has been featured in the Trinidad, Montreal, Winnipeg, Halifax, Boston, Detroit and NYC Underground Comedy Festivals. She also entertained U.S. troops stationed in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia during Operation Enduring Freedom, as well as troops helping the Haitian earthquake relief effort (Operation Unified Response).
As a comedic commentator Leighann has pulled pundit duty on VH1, Fox News, and MSNBC giving her informed and funny take on politics, world news and current events. Leighann has also contributed various blogs on online magazines including FoxNew.com’s Team Washington, The Huffington Post, and she wrote for the pilot of The Chris Rock Show. And for two consecutive years, Leighann was Harlem Week’s official comedian. (The only other comedian in Harlem Week’s history to earn that distinction was Richard Pryor.)
"Leighann was great. Lots of positive feedback. We all laughed for solid hour!"
- President, Annual Conference in Annapolis, MD
"Leighann was awesome! She was very professional, down-to-earth and accommodating of all of our requests. And, to top it all off, her comedy routine was excellent. We would definitely have Leighann back for a return engagement in a heartbeat."
- Executive Director, Comedy Show in Smyrna, DE
"Leighann is filled with energy. She has a humble spirit. Everyone loved not only her performance, but also embraced her. This was my first event and she did an excellent job at being understanding and placing me at ease."
- Vice President, Fundraiser in New York, NY