Comedy has always been more of a man’s turf, with women just being objects of humour. Some women in the recent years have changed this notion and have reached stages where they are as popular and recognized as their male counterparts. Here is a look at a few of the World’s funniest women.
Fey is award winning writer, producer and actress. Having started off as a writer for Saturday Night Live (SNL), Fey later moved on to acting. Considered to be one of the funniest women in the world, Fey became the first head writer for SNL since the show started in 1975. Her show ‘30 Rock’ is considered one of the best-written television series of all time and received a total of 112 Emmy nominations in its 7-season run.
Poehler is an American actress, comedian, voice artist, producer and writer. Another SNL alumina, she is a 15-time Emmy Award nominee. Her outstanding performance in ‘Parks and Recreation’ won her critical acclaim and numerous awards. In 2011, Poehler was listed as one of TIME’s “100 most influential people in the world.”
Lily Singh, also known by her You Tube pseudonym, ‘Superwoman,’ is an Indo-Canadian You Tube comedian with over 4million subscribers and 400 million views to her channel. She once stated that the reason she decided to start her channel was due to, “lack of a female presence especially within the South Asian community.”
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Mirza is an English stand-up comedian of Pakistani descent. She gained massive popularity post 9/11 as one of her main genres has been ‘Islamo-phobia’. The first sentence of her official website says: “Shazia Mirza is an award winning British stand up comedian and writer originally from Birmingham England. Although she doesn’t live there anymore because she’s doing well.”
Born to South Korean parents, Cho is a stand-up comedian and actress living and working in the USA. She has appeared in a number of shows and is an activist working for anti-racism, anti-bullying and gay rights campaigns. She has been recognized for her unwavering dedication towards these causes.
MARCELA LEAL & DANI CALABRESA
Coming from Brazil, a country where they are a minority within a male-dominated art, both Leal and Calabresa have managed to make a name for themselves. They are both stand-up comedians and actresses. Where Leal is a founder of Clube da Comédia and known as “the first lady of stand-up comedy”, Calabresa participated of the Brazilian version of Saturday Night Live, as one of the only two women in the cast.