Joy Behar, currently a co-host of ABC's The View, is among today's leading comic talents. Whether performing stand-up comedy or interviewing politicians and artists, she is a comedic original and a leading woman both on stage and screen. The View, recipient of the 2003 Daytime Emmy® Award for "Outstanding Talk Show," is the original forum where real women discuss relevant, everyday issues and share their daily, no-holds-barred opinions and lively, colorful conversations. The program premiered in August 1997, and is broadcast live weekdays from New York City. In addition The View has received 22 Daytime Emmy® Awards and has 10 consecutive nominations for "Outstanding Talk Show" and "Outstanding Talk Show Host" for Behar and her co-hosts. The View celebrated its 2000th Show on February 2, 2006 and is currently in its 11th season. Armed with an M.A. in English education from SUNY at Stony Brook, Behar originally began a career in teaching. She then set out to pursue comedy professionally and immediately received bookings from such famous New York clubs as Caroline's and Catch a Rising Star. She went on to win three MAC Awards and a CableACE Award.