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February 21st, 2014
This isn’t a plug at all but ever since I started watching Broad City on Much every Wednesday at 10:30E/7:30P (lol), I realized that women are really ruling comedy right now. From Broad City to Saturday Night Live to straight up stand up comedy, the ladies out there are killin’ it. Before you start reading, I’ll tell you now that I didn’t include Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Kristin Wiig and Sarah Silverman because we already know they’re on top of the comedy world. Don’t hate me, k?
Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson
As I said before, the girls behind Broad City know what’s up. Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson started out at the now famous Upright Citizens Brigade, which lead them to Broad City the web series, which is now a hit show on Comedy Central and Much (plug, plug, plug). Not only did they create and star in the show but they also have writing and producing credits. Oh yeah, and Amy Poehler executive produces the show and is there for advice in the writing and editing stages. Ilana and Abbi’s on-screen chemistry and shenanigans makes you look forward to that 30 minutes of television each week.
Right now, you probably know Chelsea Peretti as Gina Linetti from Brooklyn Nine-Nine and if you’re her biggest fan (like me) you know her from her hilarious podcast Call Chelsea Peretti and as a writer for shows like The Sarah Silverman Program, Parks and Recreation, Kroll Show, and even as a guest writer on SNL. She’s at the top of her game right now and it doesn’t look like she’s slowing down anytime soon.
Lena Dunham and Jennifer Konner
Lena Dunham doesn’t do Girls all by herself. Executive producer Jenni Konner also helps write the show along with many other writers including comedy heavyweight Judd Apatow. Even though Girls has been getting a lot of flack, it seems that people are overlooking the hilarity behind the show which is all thanks to Lena and Jenni. Sometimes the comedy is subtle but it’s always there and it’s always great.
You might recognize Lauren Lapkus as the correctional officer on Orange Is the New Black and you’ll probably be seeing a lot more of her in the years to come. Her improv background and memorable appearances on the Comedy Bang! Bang! podcast is doing nothing but good things for her. She also nabbed a role on House of Lies and in an upcoming Adam Sandler movie. Also, everyone on the Internet seems to think she looks like D.J. Qualls. Thumbs up to whoever figured that out.
All of the women on Saturday Night Live
Vanessa Bayer, Aidy Bryant, Kate McKinnon, Nasim Pedrad, Cecily Strong, Noël Wells, and Sasheer Zamata are ruling SNL right now. They’re all proving themselves to be amazing comedians and I think this is the new wave of the Tina Fey/Amy Poehler/Maya Rudolph/Rachel Dratch era.
Mindy Kaling is probably a household name by now, as her résumé is getting longer and longer by the minute. She started out in an improv comedy troupe and later got her first film job in The 40-Year-Old-Virgin. She really hit it big when she got a gig on The Office, where she acted, wrote, directed, and produced episodes of the show. And of course, she created The Mindy Project where she holds the title of Executive Producer and contributes as a Writer. No wonder she was named by Time as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2013.
Stand-up comedian Amy Schumer started getting noticed when she was on the reality show Last Comic Standing and even though she didn’t win, she’s still made a name for herself. She’s appeared on 30 Rock, Delocated, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Girls and then scored her own show on Comedy Central called Inside Amy Schumer. You’ll also be seeing her in the starring role in the upcoming Judd Apatow film, Trainwreck.
Carrie Brownstein is the ultimate cool chick. She played guitar and sang in Sleater-Kinney and Wild Flag and now has her foot in the television world in Portlandia. She stars alongside Fred Armisen in the IFC sketch comedy show where the two poke fun at Portland in the funniest, smartest ways possible.
Aubrey Plaza and Retta
We all know Amy Poehler is hilarious on Parks and Recreation but Aubrey Plaza (April Ludgate) and Retta (Donna Meagle) deserve some serious props too. Aubrey Plaza’s dark, straight-faced comedy doesn’t get old and if you’re not following Retta on Twitter, you should probably get on that now. Aubrey Plaza has an improv background starting out at UCB, while Retta made her mark as a stand-up comedian. They’re definitely one’s to watch this year.
Yay for women! Yay for funny women!
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