I am so excited for these posts that will celebrate the humor and wit of 108 Actresses and Comedians that have given me and others endless hours of laughs.
Humor is different for everyone. For me, I find people funny who can play off other people. Reactions are funny to me. Anyone can tell a joke, these are women who are mostly smart, witty and react to their surroundings in a comical way.
Now lets begin our countdown…
#108. Chelsea Handler
Chelsea Handler is a former stand up comic, who now has a late night talk show on the E! Network. Her humor is very brash. She is also a best-selling author, making fun of her own life of drinking and hook ups.
Best Performance: Any roundtable discussion on “Chelsea Lately”
#107. Eliza Coupe
Eliza Coupe is the best part of the now cancelled “Happy Endings”. A great ensemble cast, yet Eliza really had the most natural comedic timing of the group. She previously had a short stint on “Scrubs”, but other than that nothing as big as “Endings”.
Best Performance: Jane Kerkovich-Williams on “Happy Endings”
#106. Penny Marshall
Most people know Penny Marshall as an acclaimed director, but in the 70’s, she was a sitcom star. She has an impressive resume when it comes to shows in that era, “The Odd Couple”, “Mary Tyler Moore”, “Happy Days”, and “Laverne and Shirley”. Her dry wit played off Cindy Williams’ manic Shirley perfectly.
Best Performance: Laverne DeFazio on “Laverne and Shirley”
#105. Christina Applegate
Christina Applegate started acting when she was a teenager, playing dumb blonde, Kelly Bundy, on Married with Children. A role she did for ten years, which could have led to being typecast in dumb blonde sort of roles. Instead Applegate made some great movies and starred in 2 more television series’.
Best Performance : Kelly Bundy on “Married With Children”
#104. Lauren Graham
Lauren Graham was a frequent guest star on many nineties sitcoms until she landed her own show “Gilmore Girls” in 2000. Where Graham really shines is on the talk show circuit. She is so awkwardly clever, you can’t wait to see what she is going to say next.
Best Performance : Herself on “Ellen”
#103. Elizabeth Banks
Elizabeth Banks has a diverse range of movies and television shows under her belt. She has been everywhere in the last few years, most notably, “The Hunger Games”, in which her role needs to have a comedic twist to it. She delivers perfectly as she does in every role she has.
Best Performance: Avery Jessup on “30 Rock”
#102. Marla Gibbs
As the sassy housekeeper on “The Jeffersons”, Marla Gibbs stole every scene she was in. From 1975 to 1990 Marla had a home on network television, also starring in the series 227, a great feat for a black actress at the time.
Best Performance: Florence Johnston on “The Jeffersons”
#101. Kaley Cuoco
We first recognized Kaley Cuoco as the ditzy teenage daughter of John Ritter and Katy Segal on “8 Simple Rules”. Even as a young actress she kept up the pace with Ritter and Segal. She really hit the jackpot with the role of Penny on “The Big Bang Theory”. She plays the straight girl in a universe of nerds and does it with hilarity and compassion.
Best Performance : Penny on “The Big Bang Theory”
#100. Cheryl Hines
Cheryl Hines is an underrated comedic actress. She has done a lot of bit parts in movies and television. Her improvisational role in “Curb your Enthusiasm” solidified her as a funny lady. Now starring in “Suburgatory”, a very different character, she has shown her range of comedy.
Best Performance: Cheryl David on “Curb Your Enthusiasm”
#99. Rachel Dratch
The first of several “Saturday Night Live” alums on this list. SNL is still Rachel’s most famous outlet, even though she has been in countless movies and sitcoms over the years. She usually has a small part, but will probably steal the scene she is in.
Best Performance: Debby Downer on “Saturday Night Live”
#98. Zooey Deschanel
Zooey started out as a character actress in movies such as “Almost Famous” and “The Good Girl”. Noticed for her comedic skills, she then had starring roles in “Elf” and “500 Days of Summer”. But it was her 2011 hit sitcom “New Girl” that made her a household name and also made the word “adorkable” mainstream.
Best Performance : Jess on “New Girl”
#97. Janeane Garofalo
Janeane became really big in the nineties as this fresh voice among female comics. She had such intelligence about her, at the same time being extremely cynical. She worked often with Ben Stiller, most famously in “Reality Bites”. She has done a little of everything in her career, including dramas (“24”), voice acting (“Ratatouille”) and sitcoms (“Seinfeld”).
Best Performance : Paula on “The Larry Sanders Show”