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Gawky: Tales of an Extra Long Awkward Phase
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Gawky: Tales of an Extra Long Awkward Phase (Paperback)

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Some tall girls grow up to have perfect posture and are later seen gracing the pages of magazines. Some are natural athletes with toned legs that mask their overlarge feet. Then there are other tall girls: the ones who are always tripping over themselves who never look normal in any size of clothing who literally don't fit in.Comedian Margot Leitman was one of these awkward giants, and Gawky is the painfully funny chronicle of her experiences growing up tall. Reaching five feet six inches in fourth grade- and approaching six feet in high school- Leitman realized early on that she'd always stand out from the crowd. To cope, she developed a thick skin and a sharp sense of humour, and instead of forever trying to blend in, she decided to embrace her centre-of-attention status. Leitman wears funky, Ziggy Stardust-era jumpsuits (in the 90s) takes up any cause she can find (whether saving the public beaches or protesting prom) and generally makes as much use of her big presence as humanly possible.Leitman's memoir is a hilarious celebration of growing up gangly. Endearing and encouraging, Gawky is a cathartic release of everything awkward girls endure- and a tribute to a youth larger than life.

BiographyMemoirsFilm, TV & DramaPerforming Arts except Music Publisher: Seal Press Publication Date: 07/05/2013 ISBN-13: 9781580054782  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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As a regular sketch performer on Late Night With Conan O'Brien, Margot Leitman built a cult following behind her character Gyno-blast" (inspiring O'Brien to create a Gyno-blast action figure). Her other television appearances include Best Week Ever and ESPN's Cheap Seats.Leitman's humorous, autobiographical writing has been published in Playgirl Magazine and The NY Press, as well as online at,,, and (the comedy division of the Huffington Post). Her autobiographical one-woman show Just Here for the Day" ran at the Upright Citizen's Brigade Theatre in New York and also played in Los Angeles her one-act play Slow Night" was co-written by Sarah Burns of I Love You, Man. Her former monthly column, From Behind the Bar," was a reminiscence of bartending at the Upright Citizen's Brigade Theatre and was featured multiple times on Comedy Central Insider,, and Gawker. Leitman currently teaches storytelling at both the East and West Coast schools at the Upright Citizen's Brigade Theatre. She is a regular monologist at Assscat (UCB Theatre's long running improv show hosted by Amy Poehler), Heeb Magazine's Storytelling, Moonwork, Jill Soloway's Sit N Spin, and Comedy Central's Crash Mansion, among others. In 2012, Margot was nominated for an ECNY Award (Excellence in Comedy, NY) for Best Storyteller." Margot Leitman lives in Los Angeles. Visit her online at

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