Fabulous Female Comedians

I love to laugh! Ha Ha Ha Ha (bonus points if you get the reference) and it’s been a while since I’ve thrown out some great Bechdel-passing recommendations. So, I thought it was time for a round up of some of the funniest women making me laugh these days.

Sketch

Baroness von Sketch Show

This show is hands down my favourite comedy right now. It is SO FRIGGIN FUNNY. Not to mention, it’s a female cast! Carolyn Taylor, Meredith MacNeill, Aurora Browne and Jennifer Whalen crack me up time after time with their highly-relatable sketches that poke fun at the regular life happenings of a modern gal. Check out the Red Wine Ladies and don’t even try to tell me that you haven’t had a night like that with your girlfriends.

Watch full episodes on CBC.

Podcast

Not Safe Podcast 

I first discovered Nikki Glaser on the podcast You Had to be There, which she co-hosted with the equally hilarious Sara Schaefer. While I’ve not seen the actual TV show Not Safe (I’m sadly without cable), I knew if this podcast had the same vibe as her previous YHTBT or even We Know Nothing (another she co-hosted), then this would be one to add to my list. Lucky for me, Nikki is as funny, sassy, and just a wee bit sardonic as ever on the Not Safe podcast. It’s also great to hear a funny show led by a woman with some accompanying banter by her hilarious side kicks Dan St. Germain (and sometimes Brian Frange). I should probably mention that it’s a sex podcast so it’s probably not for more conservative folks. That being said, most of the chatter is everything from dating to food to the comedy business and more.

Listen to all the episodes here. (Bonus: since it’s still pretty new, you can get caught up easily!)
not-safe

Stand Up

Ali Wong – Baby Cobra

Ali Wong is a fierce and funny woman who delivers her special, Baby Cobra, while pregnant and rockin’ the high heels. And yeah, she even lets us know how we really blew it for women with the whole “feminism” game. We could have been at home eating snacks, guys!

Lucky for us, it’s available on Netflix Canada.

 

Twitter

I love Twitter (follow me there!) so I’m going to give my top 3 for this category.

Aparna Nancherla

Cameron Esposito

Sara Schaefer

 

Maybe now we can finally put to rest the very obvious, much contested, completely inaccurate pile of bullcrap that women aren’t funny. As many of us have known all along, they are, in fact, the funniest.

Krista

A Peek at my Podcast Playlist or That Time I Got to See Doug Loves Movies

I’m a big comedy fan. Growing up, I made the transition from Sesame Street to Monty Python and never looked back. (As a side note, I would argue that Sesame Street is an incredibly funny show with some great comedic inserts amongst the letters and numbers of the day. At least from what I can remember, the show was filled with parodies and pop culture jokes. Who knows? Maybe it subconsciously set me up for a lifelong addiction to laughter. I mean, Captain Vegetable? Grover’s singing and dancing telegram? Squeal of Fortune? Come on.)

Nowadays I’m mildly obsessed with podcasts. I love to listen to them while I’m driving, walking Rigby, and on quiet days at work. Lately, I’ve been really into podcasts hosted by comedians or with a comedic slant, as well as those with traditional comedy styles. There’s something very refreshing about hearing a genuinely hilarious person talk earnestly on a topic or even apply a bit of light humour to otherwise serious situations.

My Top Ten Favourite Podcasts of the moment, in no particular order, are:

Podcast: Doug Loves Movies
One awesome episode: 24 April 2014 with Pete Holmes, Beck Bennett and “Werner Herzog”

Podcast: Professor Blastoff
One awesome episode: 20, Sexual Attraction with Sarah Silverman

Podcast: You Made it Weird
One awesome episode: 159, Live from Bloomington, Indiana

Podcast: Totally Married (Also Totally Laime and Totally Mommy)
One awesome episode: 36, Dinosaurs and Robots

Podcast: Vinyl Cafe
One awesome episode: (Possibly the most famous story of all) Dave Cooks the Turkey

Podcast: How Did This Get Made
One awesome episode: 22, Leprechaun in the Hood with Kumail Nanjiani

Podcast: The Nerdist
One awesome episode: 381, Tig Notaro

Podcast: We Know Nothing
One awesome episode: It’s a new podcast so I suggest starting with Episode 1 and catching up!

Podcast: Slumber Party with Alie and Georgia
One awesome episode: 17 with Emily Gordon

Podcast: You Had to Be There.
Caveat: Sara Schaefer and Nikki Glaser no longer post regularly but some of their previous episodes are truly funny; case in point: Episode 43 with Jamie Lee and Chaz Kangas.

 

Doug Benson, Ken Reid, Matt Mira, and Rory Scovel
Doug Benson, Ken Reid, Matt Mira, and Rory Scovel

When I was in Boston earlier this month I got to cross one of my comedy life goals off the checklist: I scored tickets to Doug Loves Movies at the Brighton Music Hall. As I anticipated, it was ahmahzing! I showed up several hours before the doors opened and we were the third couple in line. I sat aisle-side, second row, trying to maximize my chances of being chosen when the comedians went to pick their name tags. I wasn’t. 😦 It was still awesome but I can’t help but wonder what about my fabulous name tag they didn’t like. Too much Canada?

DLM nametag
Kids in the Hall reference and some candy available only in Canada

 

So, what’s making you laugh these days?