Rising Comedy Star Iliza Shlesinger Reveals Her 11 Greatest Influences And Inspirations

the 'separation anxiety' host breaks it down

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With a Netflix comedy special, the title of the Last Comic Standing (she is the youngest, but also the only female, winner of the competition), and a national headlining tour behind her, Iliza Shlesinger has proven that she knows how to get the laughs. Now, as the host of TBS's new game show Separation Anxiety, where couples face off in a quiz-style competition, the Texas native is set to garner the biggest exposure of her ascending career. On top of that, Shlesinger just signed a deal with Weinstein Books to publish Girl Logic, “a humorous memoir explaining why women are so confusing to everyone, including themselves.” Somehow, she'll also find the time to star in her own short-form scripted comedy series, Forever 31, coming to ABC's soon-to-be-launched digital platform this spring. So yeah, you might say that things are going well. Here, Shlesinger takes some time out of her jam-packed schedule to look back on the 11 biggest influences of her career.