I adore comedy. One of my secret dreams involves trying a stand-up routine at some random open mic or amateur night. Until I'm brave enough to do that, I'm happy to spend my time watching and listening to my favorite comedians – and my favorite comediennes. There's this unfounded, ridiculous idea that women aren't funny. That is kind of crap. Women are hilarious. At least, these women are hilarious.
I'm currently binge watching “Parks and Recreation” for the first time ever, and I want to marry Amy Poehler. I've loved her for years, she's one of the reasons I went back to watching SNL, and her movies never fail to make me giggle. Until watching this, though, I'd never seen a lot of her stand-up. So now I'm binge watching all of that, too, because Amy is a badass, brilliant little spitfire.
Amy Schumer is poised to take over the world, pretty much. She is everywhere, saying everything, and offering no apologies for it. Her stand-up is a little divisive, to say the least – people either love her or hate her, but I've noticed that the hatred has more to do with her subject matter and, stupidly, her body type. I myself think she's hilarious. She also briefly made “Girls” watchable for me (sorrynotsorry). It makes me sad that she's apparently got some issues going on with Tig Notaro, though.
If you've only seen Chelsea Peretti on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” I beg you to check out her stand-up routines, too. She's beyond hilarious. To get a sample tasting of her comedy chops, all you really need to do is check out her Twitter, which is basically a gift to the world.
This girl is SO YOUNG, but her voice is so relevant and necessary. Shelby is known as something of a Twitter prodigy, proving that models are not the only ones who can get scouted on social media. She often makes me feel bad about myself because I'm ten years old and this is my life, but that's okay. She's still a heroine.
June is not yet as well known as she should be, and that makes me sad. I first saw her on Adult Swim's parody show, “NTSF:SD:SUV,” and since then, I just can't get enough of her. I urge you to check out “Burning Love” if you haven't already. You won't be sorry.
Can you believe that Aparna is the very first Indian-American comedienne to ever perform her stand-up on late-night TV? Her appearance on Conan last October was a huge milestone. The best part? It was hilarious. Aparna is poised for so much success, every bit of it deserved. She's touring right now, so if you get the chance to see her, take it! TAKE IT!
I cannot say enough about Kirsten Schaal. I love her. I love listening to her talk. I love her comedy. I loved her fabulous white trash turn on “The Heart, She Hollar,” another Adult Swim Masterpiece. I love her on “Bob's Burgers.” Basically, I just love her SO MUCH!
Kulap is EVERYTHING. She was a student of LA's Upright Citizen's Brigade, and oh my, her commentary is so polished and perfect. She's all about alt-comedy, which is my favorite, although you can also hear/see her on some very popular shows.
Jessica Williams is everything. She is a goddess. She is so damn smart. She slays. That is all.
All right, stalkers, speak up! Who are your favorite comediennes? We're talking beloved favorites and up-and-comers – go!
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