Laura Kightlinger is a writer, stand-up comic, and actor. She created and starred in her own critically acclaimed TV show, The Minor Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman. She currently plays narcissist mom, Deb Taylor, on the hit Hulu series, PEN15. She has played popular reocurring character Nurse Sheila on Will & Graceand has been a consulting producer on the show since its inception. Laura has voiced several characters in Lego Batman, Ninjago, and is currently “Dr. Scott” in Dr. Katz: The Audio Files. At the recent JFL Comedy Festival, Kightlinger was heralded in the Montreal Gazette as “a femme fatale deadpan who took risks leading the audience into hilariously dark, unexpected territory.” Over the years, she’s had several half-hour standup specials on Comedy Cental and HBO, and is presently preparing for an hour-long special. She was a series regular on HBO’s, Lucky Louie and Amazon’s, Take My Wife. Her book, Quick Shots of False Hope, described by the New York Times BookReview as a “memorable, disturbing, and darkly comic debut.,” is being adapted for televsion.
60 Spins Around the Sun, the documentary Kightlinger directed, chronicling activist, Randy Credico’s fight to repeal the Rockefeller Drug Laws, won ‘Best Documentary’ in the Boston, Empire State, Black Maria and Beverly Hills Film Festivals. Laura won ‘Best Director’ for her first short film, Dependable People, at the Black Maria Film Festival. Other shorts she’s written and directed include: Cat Demon: Re-Exhumed, American Heroine, Roy Fabcock: Legendary Lover, Exposition 7, Laura Gets Adopted, the three-episode short series, Cat Guys, and the stop-motion thriller, The Scrap County Murders.