Occupation Actress, comedian, writer, producer Years active 1991–present Website [laurakightlinger.com] Laura Kightlinger is an American actress, comedian and writer.
She was a writer and consulting producer on
, while also occasionally appearing on the show as the character Nurse Sheila. Kightlinger also played the title role in the TV show Will & Grace , which she created, wrote and executive produced.
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Kightlinger was a featured player for the
Saturday Night Live (season 20) (1994-5).
In 2006, Kightlinger appeared in
, a comedy series. Asked how much of the series was based on her personal experience, she said:
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I think like 85% and then the other 15 is the experience of a woman. We usually cull a lot of stories from what happened to us and our friends, so I’d say a lot of it is. I always feel like rejection is my petrol. That’s what keeps me going.
Kightlinger has had three stand-up comedy specials on HBO and six on Comedy Central.
In 1997, Kightlinger appeared in
, an independent movie comedy starring Who's the Caboose? Sarah Silverman and Sam Seder.
In 2001, she made a short film,
Dependable People, which won both the Black Maria Film Festival Director's Citation (Honorable Mention ) and the International Festival of Cinema and Technology Best New Director Award in 2002.  It was released on the DVD "Celebrity Mix" with other short films in 2006.  
In 2003, she directed her first documentary,
Sixty Spins Around the Sun, which chronicles the New York City street movement to repeal the Rockefeller Drug Laws. It focuses on political satirist turned activist  Randy Credico and his fight to repeal the laws. The film follows Credico to Tulia, Texas during a racially motivated drug bust, which is the subject of an upcoming film starring Halle Berry. Included in this documentary are stand-up comics Larry David, Colin Quinn, Don Gavin, Vanessa Hollingshead and Nick DiPaolo. It won Best Documentary at the 2003 Empire State Film Festival, 2003  Boston International Film Festival, and 2005  Beverly Hills Film Festival (Jury Award).
Her film credits include: DaddyDaycare, Kicking & Screaming, Anchorman: Wake up Ron Burgundy, The Truth About Lies and The Outdoorsman.
She has written and directed several short films including:
Cat Demon: Re-Exhumed.
In 2005 she starred in the short film
Dysenchanted, directed by Terri Edda Miller, which received critical acclaim.
In 2017, she had a cameo in
, voicing the role of The Lego Batman Movie Orca, as well as Reporter Pippa.
Quick Shots of False Hope was published in 1999. described it as "funny and disturbing", "memorable", and an "idiosyncratic and darkly comic debut." The New York Times Book Review As of 2006, she was adapting the book for film. 
Kightlinger has written several shorts for
Funny or Die and  Atom.com, including “American Heroine,” in which she starred, and “Roy Fabcock: Legendary Lover.” (2010). 
Kightlinger endorsed Senator
Bernie Sanders for President in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
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