The Minor Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman
"I want to be so famous that drag queens will dress like me in parades when I'm dead." Laura Kightlinger.
Stand-up comedienne, writer and actress Laura Kightlinger had perfected her defining deadpan delivery in Boston comedy clubs circa in the early 1990s before getting her first big break in the mid 1990s when she was picked up as performer and writer on NBC long-running comedy-variety show ''Saturday Night Live.'' She continued to show off her writing talent in such shows as ''Roseanne'' and ''Will & Grace'' (1999-2006; also served as a consulting producer and appeared recurringly as a hilarious fertility clinic nurse named Sheila). Currently, she plays the lead on IFC critically acclaimed sitcom ''The Minor Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman,'' which she created herself.
Meanwhile, Kightlinger has appeared in such films as "Who's the Caboose?" (1997), "Pootie Tang" (2001), "Shallow Hal" (2001), "Run Ronnie Run" (2002), "Daddy Day Care" (2003), "Down with Love" (2003), "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy" (2004), "Kicking & Screaming" (2005), "Must Love Dogs" (2005) and "The Shaggy Dog" (2006). She will appear in the upcoming film "Mama's Boy," a comedy starring Diane Keaton and Jon Heder.
More personally, the 5' 8" performer once dated outrageous actor/comedian Jack Black. They were together for eight years, from 1997 to 2005.
"I guess I just feel bad that I'm still going on bad dates when I should really be in a bad marriage by now." Laura Kightlinger
Childhood and Family:
In Jamestown, New York, Laura Kightlinger was born on June 13, 1969 (other sources say 1964). Raised by her single mother in a working class neighborhood in Boston, Kightlinger attended Boston’s Emerson College, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in 1986.
Kightlinger has four cats and one dog. She is a feminist and has frequently described the persistent sexism that exists in Hollywood and show business.
While studying at Emerson, Laura Kightlinger signed up with the sketch comedy troupe ''This is Pathetic.'' In 1992, she landed a job as a host for Comedy Central show "Stand-Up Stand-Up," which shows clips of different stand-up comedians.
Two years later, the new comer got her first big break when "Saturday Night Live" producers noticed her twisted comic stylings and they eventually hired her to become performer and writer on the popular show. During her stint in the hit show, Kightlinger has impersonated several celebrities, including Brooke Shields, Marcia Clark, Paula Poundstone, Mary Hart, and Connie Chung. She quit in the following year and relocated to Los Angeles.
In the new destination, she found new job as a writer on ABC hit blue collar sitcom starring Roseanne Barr, ''Roseanne,'' in which she also appeared as a guest. Afterwards, she wrote the sixth episode "This Year's Model" for the first season of MTV animated TV series "Daria" and guest starred in an episode of Comedy Central animated sitcom "Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist," CBS sitcom "The Nanny," HBO sketch comedy series featuring former ''Saturday Night Live'' writer/comedy actor Bob Odenkirk and stand up comedian/actor David Cross, "Mr. Show," HBO comedy series starring then-boyfriend Jack Black and Kyle Gass, "Tenacious D," and CBS sitcom starring Candice Bergen, "Murphy Brown."
Kightlinger could also be seen in the films "Burnzy's Last Call" (1995), an independent drama/comedy by Michael De Avila in which she co-starred as a radio newswoman opposite Penn Jillette, "Who's the Caboose?" (1997), a mockumentary by Sam Seder starring Sarah Silverman, and "The Thin Pink Line" (1998), a parody of Errol Morris' 1988 documentary "The Thin Blue Line" in which she co-starred with Janeane Garofalo, Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer, and Mike Myers.
In 1999, Kightlinger served as a writing consultant for several episodes of NBC popular, Emmy-winning and Golden Globe-nominated sitcom starring Eric McCormack and Debra Messing, "Will & Grace." From 2000 to 2005, she became the writer of the show and worked as a consulting producer from 2000 to 2006. During that time, she also appeared as recurring guest role as a hilarious fertility clinic nurse named Sheila.
While working for "Will & Grace" and became a correspondent on Comedy Central's Peabody and Emmy-winning satirical TV program "The Daily Show," Kightlinger wrote ''Quick Shots of False Hope'' in 1999, a darkly comic memoir about her humiliating and painful childhood. She also has collaborated with then-boyfriend Jack Black on a number of projects, appearing in his feature comedy directed by the Farrelly Brothers, ''Shallow Hal'' (2001), and Black later acted as producer on her acclaimed documentary "60 Spins Around the Sun" (2003), which won three Best Documentary Awards (Boston Film Festival, Beverly Hills Film Festival and Empire Film Festival).
Meanwhile, Kightlinger was cast in Stephen Kessler's mockumentary comedy film "The Independent" (2000; starring Jerry Stiller) and played the small role of anchor woman in writer/director Louis C.K.'s cult comedy film ''Pootie Tang'' (2001), which was adapted from a comedy sketch which first appeared on "The Chris Rock Show." She also wrote, directed and appeared in her 13-minute comedy film titled "Dependable People" (2001).
In the following years, Kightlinger appeared in "Run Ronnie Run" (2002; starring David Cross), Troy Miller's movie spin-off from the popular HBO sketch comedy show "Mr. Show," "Melvin Goes to Dinner" (2003; starring Michael Blieden), Bob Odenkirk's film adaptation of Michael Blieden's comedic play "Phyro-Giants!," and "Daddy Day Care" (2003), Steve Carr's comedy movie starring Eddie Murphy. She was also seen in Peyton Reed's sex comedy starring Renée Zellweger and Ewan McGregor, "Down with Love" (2003), Terri Miller's 8-minute film "DysEnchanted" (2004), Adam McKay's hit comedy film starring "Saturday Night Live" alum Will Ferrell, "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy" (2004).
Kightlinger reunited with Ferrell for Jesse Dylan's hit family/soccer/comedy film ''Kicking & Screaming'' (2005). That same year, she was cast in Steve Carr's comedy starring Martin Lawrence, "Rebound," and Gary David Goldberg's romantic comedy film starring Diane Lane and John Cusack, "Must Love Dogs." Meanwhile, she also continued to do stand-up in comedy clubs as well as specials for HBO and Comedy Central.
In 2006, Kightlinger returned to television, thanks to pal Louis C.K. Who cast her as Tina, the wife of Michael G. Hagerty's Mike, on his controversial HBO sitcom, ''Lucky Louie.'' When the show was cancelled after the first season, Kightlinger create, write, executive-produce and star in the Hollywood satire ''The Minor Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman,'' in which she plays the title role of a surly magazine writer and aspiring screenwriter whose pet project is a script about her aunt, who was a roller derby star in the 1930s. Nicholle Tom, Azura Skye, and Patrick Bristow co-star in the show that premiered on IFC August 4, 2006, and began its second season on August 5, 2007. The show has been met with much critical acclaim and has already established itself as a cult classic. In 2006, Kightlinger received a Satellite Award nomination for Best Actress in a Series, Comedy or Musical for her performance in the show.
During this time, moviegoers could catch Kightlinger in the film "The Shaggy Dog" (2006), Tim Allen's very loose 2006 remake of the of the 1959 film same name. She will next be seen in Tim Hamilton's upcoming 2008 comedy which stars Diane Keaton and Jon Heder, "Mama's Boy," in which she will play Jeff Daniels' secretary.
"I used to think drinking was the only way to be happy. Now I know there is no way to be happy." Laura Kightlinger.