Iliza Vie Shlesinger (/ʃlɛsɪnɡər/; born February 22, 1983) is an American comedian. She is the host of the TBS comedy/game show Separation Anxiety, and was the winner of the sixth season of NBC’s Last Comic Standing and host of the syndicated dating show Excused.
Shlesinger was born in New York City and her family moved to Dallas, Texas when she was six months old. She attended the private Greenhill School and participated on the school’s improvisation team. She is Jewish.
She performed with ComedySportz Dallas and attended the University of Kansas for her freshman year. She also participated in Semester at Sea. She transferred to Emerson College in Boston, where she majored in film. There, she was a member of the campus’ comedy sketch group, Jimmy’s Traveling All Stars, and refined her writing and editing skills.