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Funniest Women in Comedy




Over the last couple of decades, women have taken the comedy world by storm. Women like Sheri O' Teri and Molly Shannon paved the way for women with the platform of Saturday Night Live, while comedians like Ellen Degeneres have proved that the world of humor isn't just a boy's playground. We salute the hilarious women that have given us unforgettable characters and made us cry from laughter.  

Cheri Oteri
Cheri Oteri was born on 19th September 1962, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She moved to Los Angeles when she was 25, where she worked in Promotions for A&M records for 4 years, and joined up with the Groundlings, an improv-sketch based comedy group. One night, a "Saturday Night Live" (1975) rep was in the audience and liked her, so she flew down to New York to audition, made it, and debuted on Sept. 9, 1995. Since then, she has appeared in four films and has been in numerous magazines. (Courtesy IMDB.com)
 

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Molly Shannon
Molly Shannon is an American comic actress best known for her work as a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1995 to 2001 and for starring in the films Superstar and Year of the Dog. More recently, she starred in NBC's Kath & Kim from 2008 to 2009 and on the TBS animated series Neighbors from Hell. Throughout Shannon's career she has appeared in a number of films in supporting roles.
 
Fellow Saturday Night Live alumna Kristen Wiig said on the 2010 DVD The Women of SNL, "The amazing Molly Shannon, she's just completely fearless." (Courtesy Wikipedia.com)
 

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Ellen Degeneres
Ellen DeGeneres is an American stand-up comedian, television host, and actress. She starred in the popular sitcom Ellen from 1994 to 1998 and has hosted the syndicated talk show The Ellen DeGeneres Show since 2003.

During the fourth season of Ellen in 1997, DeGeneres came out publicly as a lesbian in an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Shortly afterwards, her character Ellen Morgan also came out to a therapist played by Winfrey, and the series went on to explore various LGBT issues including the coming out process. She has won thirteen Emmys and numerous other awards for her work and charitable efforts. (courtesy Wikipedia.com)
 

Tina Fey
"Tina" Fey  is an American actress, comedienne, writer and producer, known for her work on the NBC sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live (SNL, 1997–2006), the critically acclaimed NBC comedy series 30 Rock (2006–present), and such films as Mean Girls (2004), Baby Mama (2008), Date Night (2010), and Admission (2013).
 
Fey first broke into comedy as a featured player in the Chicago-based improvisational comedy group The Second City. She then joined SNL as a writer, later becoming head writer and a performer, known for her position as co-anchor in the Weekend Update segment. In 2004 she adapted the screenplay Mean Girls in which she also co-starred. After leaving SNL in 2006, she created the television series 30 Rock, a situation comedy loosely based on her experiences at SNL. 
 
Fey has received eight Emmy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, five Screen Actors Guild Awards, four Writers Guild of America Awards and has been nominated for a Grammy Award for her autobiographical book Bossypants, which topped the The New York Times Best Seller list for five weeks. In 2008, the Associated Press (AP) gave Fey the AP Entertainer of the Year award for her satirical portrayal of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin in a guest appearance on SNL. In 2010, Fey was the recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, the youngest-ever winner of the award. On January 13, 2013, Fey hosted the Golden Globe Awards, along with her long-time friend and fellow comedienne, Amy Poehler. (courtesy wikipedia.com)
 


Amy Poehler
Amy Poehler is one of Hollywood's most versatile and sought-after talents. She currently stars on the Emmy-nominated comedy series "Parks and Recreation," which recently began its sixth season. Her portrayal of Leslie Knope, a mid-level bureaucrat in Pawnee, Indiana, has earned her four consecutive Emmy nominations, a Golden Globe nomination and a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination. Poehler also produces and hosts the award-winning online series, "Smart Girls at the Party," which showcases real girls who are "changing the world by being themselves." Poehler is working on a first, as-yet-untitled book to be published by HarperCollins' It Books in 2014. (courtesy NBC.com)
Kristen Wiig
Kristen Wiig is an American actress, comedian, and writer who is best known for her work as a cast member on the NBC sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live from 2005 to 2012. She was a member of the improvisational comedy troupe The Groundlings, and has appeared in several television series and films, including Bridesmaids, MacGruber, Flight of the Conchords, Adventureland, Paul, and Arrested Development. She has also accumulated several voice credits for voiceover work. In 2011, Wiig co-wrote and starred in the 2011 comedy film, Bridesmaids, which earned her a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actress- Musical/Comedy, as well as nominations for the Academy Award and BAFTA for Best Original Screenplay. She has also garnered four consecutive nominations (2009–2012) for an Emmy Award as an Outstanding Supporting Actress for her roles on Saturday Night Live. (courtesy wikipedia.com)
Honorable Mention: 

Leslie Mann
You Know her from: Big DaddyKnocked UpFunny People, This is 40
Catch her in: The Other Woman (2014)

 







 
 
Maya Rudolph
You Know her from: Saturday Night Live, Bridesmaids, Baby Mama, Grown Ups
Catch her in: We Need Help, Inherent Vice (2014)










Mindy Kaling
You Know her From: The Office
Catch her in: The Mindy Project

 




 

Melissa McCarthy
You Know her From: Bridesmaids, The Heat, Identity Thief
Catch her in: Mike & Molly 










Anna Faris
You Know her From: The House Bunny, Scary MovieWhat's Your Number? 
Catch her in: Mom

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