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The Urban Erma is the blog and storytelling podcast by stand-up comedian and author Leighann Lord. She shares stories that don't fit neatly on the stand-up stage; and usually revolve around her ongoing struggles as a workaholic, control freak, perfectionist who gets hopelessly mired in the minutia of life. The name of the blog is a respectful nod to famed humor columnist, Erma Bombeck. Please Like the Urban Erma on Facebook and follow on @TheUrbanErma. Read the blog at TheUrbanErma.com. Learn more about Leighann at VeryFunnyLady.com. Follow her @LeighannLord.

The Urban Erma Leighann Lord

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The Urban Erma is the blog and storytelling podcast by stand-up comedian and author Leighann Lord. She shares stories that don't fit neatly on the stand-up stage; and usually revolve around her ongoing struggles as a workaholic, control freak, perfectionist who gets hopelessly mired in the minutia of life. The name of the blog is a respectful nod to famed humor columnist, Erma Bombeck. Please Like the Urban Erma on Facebook and follow on @TheUrbanErma. Read the blog at TheUrbanErma.com. Learn more about Leighann at VeryFunnyLady.com. Follow her @LeighannLord.

    It's Always the Year of the A*****e

    It's Always the Year of the A*****e

    At a recent comedy show there was a table of disruptive people. They weren’t heckling the comedians directly, just talking animatedly amongst themselves. This seemed odd since this wasn’t a random bar show. It was a fundraiser with tickets sold in advance. These people had chosen to be there and yet their incessant chatter created a distracting undercurrent of noise that lasted the entire show...

    • 6 min
    At the Cleaners: How the Everyday Can Just Flat Out Get Away From You

    At the Cleaners: How the Everyday Can Just Flat Out Get Away From You

    I went to the cleaners the other day and as I pulled out my last item of clothing I saw a crumpled claim ticket in the bottom of the tote bag. I used to put my cleaners tickets on the refrigerator so I’d remember them, so of course I didn’t.  My refrigerator is a jumbled graveyard of baby pictures of grown people, save the date wedding invitations for divorced couples, calendars from the turn of the century, and business cards for defunct companies. I know. My refrigerator really needs to get its s**t together. So I decided to put my cleaners ticket in the bottom of the bag of clothes to be taken out. Makes sense right? A good plan predicated on going to the cleaners on a fairly regular basis... Read the Post

    • 4 min
    When You Want to Hug A Stranger in Dunkin Donuts

    When You Want to Hug A Stranger in Dunkin Donuts

    In Dunkin Donuts there was a Young Woman sitting at the table next to me. She was talking on her cell phone and upset because another girl had deliberately shoved her out-of-the-way to get on the bus. And in an I-can’t-take-it-anymore moment she shoved the girl back and they got into a fight. Tearfully she said, “This happens all the time. I don’t want to fight. This is not who I am. I’m sorry. This doesn’t happen when I’m with you. I feel safer with you.”

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    It’s worth noting that this Young Woman did not look… hmm… how shall I say… homegrown. Her t-shirt and jeans were innocuous enough, but her close-cropped hair and beautiful, clear dark skin will always make her look foreign-born even if she, like me, was made in America. And in the xenophobic pendulum swing we’re in, not looking like you’re from around here seems to give people license to treat you as “other”; like s**t; even by people who have themselves been historically mistreated and should know better. (Yes, Brothers and Sisters. I’m looking at you.)


     
    I wasn’t trying to listen in on this woman’s conversation. Dunkin’ Donuts is my mobile office. When I’m sitting in there, laptop open, I’m on the grind. But when you don’t have phone booths these are the types of open-air conversations you’ll hear.

     
    Trying hard not to cry, sniffing for all she was worth the Young Woman said to her friend, “I’m an adult and yet I still feel like a child. Why does this keep happening? I’m scared all the time.” Her raw distress broke my heart. The mama bear in me wanted to hug her but that would’ve been presumptuous, intrusive, and possibly a felony. I was grateful she at least had someone she could call and talk to. 

     
    And so, without a word, I pulled a pack of pocket tissues out of my bag and slipped them to her. Maybe in that very small gesture she’ll know that we’re not all like that; that shoving people who are not superficially like us out of the way is not who we are. Well, it is, but aren’t we supposed to be striving for better?  It’s our ability to embrace each other that makes us human. 

     
    So I’ll restock my handbag with pocket tissues. These days I seem to keep running out. 

    • 3 min
    Bitch, Am I Boring You?

    Bitch, Am I Boring You?

    After our second session I fired my therapist. Two meetings are what it took for me to see we weren’t going to work out. And I’d really hoped we would.  READ THE BLOG






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    Leighann Lord is a veteran stand-up comedian seen on HBO, Comedy Central, and The View. She is the author of Dict Jokes and Real Women Do it Standing Up; and is a co-host of StarTalk Radio, with Neil de Grasse Tyson.  Follow her @LeighannLord | VeryFunnyLady.com. To join TeamLeighann: Text FunnyLady to 22828. Listen to the podcast of her blog on iTunes and Stitcher Radio.

    • 5 min
    A Death in the Family

    A Death in the Family

    I found out about the death of a cousin on Facebook because that’s how we learn of these things now. READ THE BLOG
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    Leighann Lord is a veteran stand-up comedian seen on HBO, Comedy Central, and The View. She is the author of Dict Jokes and Real Women Do it Standing Up; and is a co-host of StarTalk Radio, with Neil de Grasse Tyson.  Follow her @LeighannLord | VeryFunnyLady.com. To join TeamLeighann: Text FunnyLady to 22828. Listen to the podcast of her blog on iTunes and Stitcher Radio.

    • 3 min
    And How Are You Today? A Tale of Reverse Customer Service

    And How Are You Today? A Tale of Reverse Customer Service

    First of all I had no business being in Macy’s, especially the 34th Street Mothership. But I was in the neighborhood, I needed a bra, and so there I was strolling through the lingerie department like I had money and boobs.


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    The Urban Erma, the longest running column on StageTimeMagazine.com, was created and written by stand-up comedian Leighann Lord. Listen to the podcast on iTunes and Stitcher Radio. Get her e-books on AMAZON! 

    • 5 min

Customer Reviews

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Leighann's style of comedy is smart, sharp and personal. Can't wait for more podcast posts!

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