Patt Morrison for May 24, 2012

‘Lizz Free or die’: we choose Lizz

Lizz Free of Die: Essays

Riverhead Hardcover

"Lizz Free or Die: Essays" by Lizz Winstead

Lizz Winstead’s introduction to the power of comedy cemented itself in 1984, when her dress got caught in a screen and was pulled up over her head as she hosted an air guitar final in Minneapolis. Winstead had nothing on underneath, and learned right then and there that the audience is either laughing with you or at you. “That night, so very early in my career, I developed a sense of confidence that an entire lifetime may not have taught me. I took a horrible moment and defined it in my terms. And I defined it as funny.”

Winstead, who eventually co-created Comedy Central’s "The Daily Show," took that point of view and ran with it, deciding sometime around Desert Storm that media deserved the same satirical eye she so often turned on herself. In fact, you could say that without air guitar, "The Daily Show" would not have been born.

Lizz joins Patt in-studio, make sure to call in with your own most embarrassing moments and questions!


Lizz Winstead, politcal satirist, stand-up comic, co-creator and former head writer of "The Daily Show," co-founder, Air America Radio Network, and author of “Lizz Free or Die”

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