|Carol Leifer (born July
27, 1956) is an American comedian known as Jerry Seinfeld's
ex-girlfriend, as well as part of the basis for the character Elaine
Benes on the television show, Seinfeld.
Leifer was born on Long Island, New York, the daughter of Anna, a
psychologist, and Seymour Leifer, an optometrist.
Leifer is an accomplished stand-up comedian, writer, producer and
actor and has been involved in such television shows as Seinfeld, It's
Like, You Know..., Alright Already, and The Larry Sanders Show. With
Mitchell Hurwitz, she is the creator of the short-lived The Ellen Show
(2001). In 1988, she had her own special on Cinemax titled Carol
Doesn't Leifer Anymore, which was produced by David Letterman. This
was shortly followed several more specials, tiled Carol Leifer Comedy
Cruise (1989), Really Big Show (1990), and Gaudy, Baudy, and Blue
No stranger to the late-night TV circuit, she has performed on Late
Night With David Letterman 25 times. Carol has also appeared on The
Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, Dr. Katz, Politically Incorrect
with Bill Maher, Hollywood Squares, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, and
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Her hosting duties have included four
seasons of A&E's Caroline's Comedy Hour, as well as guest stints on
Talk Soup and Later.
Her stand-up merits include opening for Jerry Seinfeld and Frank
Sinatra. Sinatra was later heard praising Leifer, saying "That Carol
Leifer is ... one funny broad!" and "I wish my mother had been that
funny - I wouldn't have had to work so hard." She is still currently
working the stand-up circuit and is supposedly writing an original
picture for Dreamworks. Additionally Leifer is a writer and
co-executive producer on the CBS sitcom Rules of Engagement.
In September 2007, Leifer won an auction for the handwritten notes
used by Michael Vick during his apology for his role in dog fighting.