While comedy has largely been a male-dominated industry, things are gradually beginning to change. More and more women are stepping up and closing the vast gender gap in comedy. Not only that, but the roles that women play in comedies are also shifting; from likable and naive to strong, independent, honest and unapologetic women. The stereotype that women are not funny is passé. We are witnesses to a new generation of comedians who act, write, direct and perform stand-up. We picked 15 hilarious women, some who pioneered female comedy and some who continue to break down stereotypes and get comfortable in an archaic boy’s club.
5. “It is an impressively arrogant move to conclude that just because you don’t like something, it is empirically not good. I don’t like Chinese food, but I don’t write articles trying to prove it doesn’t exist.” ― Tina Fey
13. “…write your own part. It is the only way I’ve gotten anywhere. It is much harder work, but sometimes you have to take destiny into your own hands. It forces you to think about what your strengths really are, and once you find them, you can showcase them, and no one can stop you.” ― Mindy Kaling
15. “I read somewhere that men’s biggest fear is that women will laugh at them. And women’s biggest fear is that men will kill them. Kind of different stakes that we’re working with.” — Chelsea Peretti
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