began her career as a stand-up comic in Boston in 1990. In 1994, she was hired as a writer on the late night NBC staple, Saturday Night Live
. She then moved to Los Angeles and became a writer on Roseanne
and Dennis Miller Live
, all the while maintaining her on-camera presence by appearing on Roseanne
, The Nanny
, Murphy Brown
and HBO's Mr. Show
, as well as a number of stand-up comedy shows.
Kightlinger then began a long relationship with the hit series Will & Grace, where she was a writer/consultant on the show for its last eight seasons and performed as Nurse Sheila in multiple episodes. She has also appeared in numerous hit films, including Shallow Hal, Daddy Day Care, and last years' Kicking & Screaming and Must Love Dogs. Laura will next be seen as a prostitute in Brian De Palma's upcoming The Black Dahlia.
Kightlinger is an author as well. Her book Quick Shots of False Hope, described in the New York Times Book Review as memorable, disturbing and darkly comic, is a wildly irreverent memoir of Laura's life as an awkward teen raised by her single mother in a lower-income area of Boston.
Note: This profile was written in or before 2006.
Laura Kightlinger Facts
|Kicking & Screaming|
|The Shaggy Dog|
|Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist|
|Saturday Night Live|
|The Minor Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman|
|Melvin Goes to Dinner|