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  1. Comedian Iliza Shlesinger is the host of dating reality series EXCUSED. In 2008, a year after moving to Los Angeles to pursue standup, Shlesinger became the first female and youngest contestant to win NBC's "Last Comic Standing," in the series' sixth season. Since, she has added several television credits to her growing resume including: her own half-hour special on Comedy Central Presents, Comedy Central's "Live At Gotham," Showtime's "Pauly Shore & Friends," E! Network's "Chelsea......  Read Full Bio »

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  1. Comedian Iliza Shlesinger is the host of dating reality series EXCUSED.

    In 2008, a year after moving to Los Angeles to pursue standup, Shlesinger became the first female and youngest contestant to win NBC's "Last Comic Standing," in the series' sixth season. Since, she has added several television credits to her growing resume including: her own half-hour special on Comedy Central Presents, Comedy Central's "Live At Gotham," Showtime's "Pauly Shore & Friends," E! Network's "Chelsea Lately" and "The Soup," and NBC's "Last Call With Carson Daly." She also has her own album, "Man Up And Act Like A Lady." In addition to EXCUSED, Shlesinger is currently in developing a show for VH1.

    Growing up, making others laugh came naturally to Shlesinger, much to the chagrin of her strict Texan teachers. She joined her Dallas high school improve troupe -- the only girl on the team -- and was voted class clown. "I've done my best to live up to that superlative award," Shlesinger adds.
    At Emerson College, where she earned a degree in Film, Iliza dropped improv for sketch and quickly fell in love with the format. "I could have majored in sketch video and live sketches, because it's what I worked the most on while I was there," Shlesinger said. After graduating in 2005, she moved to Los Angeles.

    Shlesinger can regularly be seen practicing her craft at Los Angeles-area clubs, as well headlining at a variety of colleges and clubs across the country. She has performed at the coveted Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, as well as for American servicemen across the globe.

    EXCUSED allows Shlesinger to make real observations about people and say some honest things people only wish they could say in real life. She says it best, "Honesty is funny."
    Outside of the show, Shlesinger shares colorful commentary and observations on daily life via Twitter @iliza, as well as on Facebook.

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