There's been a lot of back-and-forth (and even entire Curb Your Enthusiasm episodes) about the real-life inspirations for George and Kramer from Seinfeld, but somehow Elaine has escaped such scrutiny. One suspect is stand-up comic and writer Carol Leifer, who dated Jerry Seinfeld, has remained good friends with him, and even penned six episodes of his show.
But her career credits do less to tie her to thumb-dancing Elaine than to contradict Jerry Lewis and Christopher Hitchens, who held that women just aren't funny. Discovered by David Letterman, Leifer has written for Saturday Night Live, The Larry Sanders Show, and The Ellen DeGeneres Show. She will be in town this Tuesday to read from her new book of essays, When You Lie About Your Age, the Terrorists Win.
Tue., Feb. 9, 7:30 p.m., 2010