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While we’d be happy to spend all of our Saturday nights watching Tina Fey spoof GIRLS, every Tuesday watching Mindy chase Danny, and all of eternity re-watching Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph in Bridesmaids, we have to admit that, lately, a new crop of talented ladies has been cracking us up. From a bit player on a big-time sitcom to a newly featured cast member of SNL, we shine the spotlight on some of our favorite rising funny gals.
Fans of The Mindy Project know that the show’s funny factor instantly skyrockets whenever nurse Tamra steps on-screen. Though her part is small, Roquemore consistently steals the show with her whip-smart wit and peanut gallery-type commentary. We can only hope she gets more lines in season three.
This funny gal caught our eye with her own series, Inside Amy Schumer, which explores the more taboo sides of dating, relationships, and female body image—all with a hilariously confessional spin. These days, she’s hanging with LeBron James and director Judd Apatow on the set of her first film, Trainwreck, a semi-autobiographical tale that follows a young woman coming to terms with her fear of commitment.
As VP Selina Meyer’s personal assistant on Veep, Sufe Bradshaw is surrounded by some of comedy’s heaviest hitters. The actress, who’s formerly made cameos in dramas like Prison Break and ER, holds her own by dishing out rapid-fire insults and quips with enough speed to keep up with Emmy-winning star Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
For those of you who fell in love with Marcel the Shell back in 2011, Jenny Slate needs no introduction. After a quick stint on Saturday Night Live (she got the boot after accidentally swearing on air), the comedienne took a break to develop her stand-up, craft “Catherine,” a strange-but-cool web series, and guest star in Parks and Recreation. This year, she stars in the poignant Obvious Child in a role that solidifies her place in comedy’s rising elite.
After joining the cast of Saturday Night Live mid-season last year, the Upright Citizens Brigade vet had us in stitches with her impressions of Rihanna and Scandal’s Olivia Pope.
By now you’ve probably already fallen in love with the BFFs behind Comedy Central’s Broad City. Goofy and irreverent, the show captures the sweetest depiction of female friendship we’ve seen since Thelma and Louise. We’re impatiently awaiting the arrival of season two.