What is your favorite type of comedy? Whether it’s satire or a roast of someone that’s great! Below are the five women in comedy to know now. No joke!
For over a decade, Tiffany Haddish has excelled in everything she touched. Growing up as a foster child in South Central L.A., at 15 she found refuge and her voice at the Laugh Factory Comedy Camp. From TV (NBC’s The Carmichael Show) , movies (Key and Peele’s Keanu) to stand-up (her special She Ready! From the Hood to Hollywood hits Showtime in August). In addition, now she’s a part of there’s Girls Trip: As one of four best friends (rounded out by Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Regina Hall) on a crazy weekend out in New Orleans, Haddish steals the movie with her blunt delivery of one did she really just say that line after another.
2. Natasha Leggero
Although she’s just 4’11”, the Comedy Central queen Natasha Leggero takes no prisoners in her hour-long special (2015’s Live at Bimbo’s), as she rips people like James Franco and Justin Bieber at their now-infamous roasts, or playing the loud and fame hungry Lillian on Another Period (which follows a fictional early-1900s version of the Keeping Up With The Kardashians, which Leggero created and executive produces)- and really is that needed kick into comedic genius. Where did she get all that wit? The stand-up stage, certainly
3. Iliza Shlesinger
Just like any other profession, comedy is a grind. That’s why for Iliza Shlesinger, the 2008 winner of NBC’s Last Comic Standing and who performs almost every night, has three Netflix specials under her belt, and wrapped up her 5-month, 19-city national theater tour earlier this year before entering the late night show game with her new Freeform talk show, Truth & Iliza where she talks the facts of her ambitions.
4. Cristela Alonzo
The L.A. stand-up feature and star of Netflix special Lower Classy (tag line: “She’s no stranger to breaking glass ceilings. She’s also not opposed to cleaning them”) mines the gritty reality of her hard upbringing with her mother working double shifts to help support Cristela and her siblings. Despite that, her mother used comedy to offset the departing times, further influencing her to see the bright side.
5. Jamie Lee
The actress of MTV’s Girl Code and author (2016’s Weddiculous, an Emily-Post-meets-Joan-Rivers guide for brides-to-be), and stand-up comedienne (who’s appeared on Conan and The Late Late Show With James Corden) gives a crash course on stand up comedy which for her is telling the truth, mining your personal life for material, like planning your wedding, committing to the joke you are telling, and having a back up joke.
Who are some of your favorite female comedians ?