#IWD17| An Incomplete List of Very Funny Women Pt 2

Hello, I’m back with a further list of very funny women. Will there be a third list because there are just too many funny women at the top of their game right now? Yes, there will. Would I be able to fill three similar lists with men? Probably not tbh. Anyway, let’s crack on. You can read part one here. And again, just to reiterate, I know this should have been written by a woman but I’m a terrible editor and left it too late to ask anybody.

Lauren Lapkus

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Lauren Lapkus is an improviser, actor, dream podcast guest, and all round great funny person. I’ve included The Earliest Show here but I could have posted her podcast …with Special Guest Lauren Lapkus, her episode of Netflix’s The Characters, any of her Comedy Bang Bang appearances, her on basically any podcast. She’s so quick, she’s the quickest human alive. Get some Lapkus in your life my friends.

Sasheer Zamata

Sasheer Zamata
Sasheer Zamata photographed by Anthony Batista

Sasheer Zamata is an SNL cast member and a brilliant standup. I saw her at the Vodafone Comedy Festival in Dublin last year. American comedians tend to adjust their sets a bit for Irish audiences; play up the drinking stories, that kind of thing. Sasheer Zamata came out and did twenty minutes about race, and making audiences uncomfortable by talking about race. The Irish audience went with her. She was great. I hope she comes back.

Alison Spittle

Alison Spittle - HeadStuff.org

What else is there to say about Alison Spittle that we haven’t already said on HeadStuff? There’s her podcast, The Alison Spittle Show where she gets the absolute best out of her guests. There’s her standup which is funny and charming and inclusive. There’s her new TV show Nowhere Fast about “a young woman who returns home to the Midlands after a disastrous attempt at a media career in Dublin.”. It’s gonna be great. As well as being one of the busiest women in Irish comedy, Alison is also an enabler and encourager beyond compare. She’s mentored so many women who are thinking of getting into comedy. it’s extremely good and nice of her. Also, I love every episode of Juvenalia equally like they’re my children but Alison’s episode, about internet chatrooms, is the one that people can’t stop talking about.

Bec Hill

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I’ve been a fan of Bec Hill for years now and I think maybe her brain just doesn’t process words like other people’s brains do? Look at the video above, Bec Hill twists Piaf’s words and then twists them some more and then a bit more and pairs it all with a brain-melting piece of sketchpad choreography.

Now, watch the the video below. Look at all those puns. Is it reductive or simplistic to say that Bec Hill is the queen of puns? I dunno, it feels true though.

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Tig Notaro

Tig Notaro
Tig Notaro (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP)

You probably know Tig Notaro already. Maybe from her Netflix doc Tig or her legendary live album Live. Here’s the most important thing about her though, and it’s only available in an unembeddable video which you should watch here, it’s that time she pushed a stool around on Conan for three minutes. Look at Andy, and Paul F. Tompkins, and Conan’s faces, they know they’re watching greatness unfold before them.

Ziwe Fumudoh

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Ziwe Fumudoh (@Ziwe) is the host of Baited with Ziwe which is one of my favourite things of 2017 so far. She’s written for The Onion, Reductress, CafeDotCom, and is currently at Above Average. She’s low-key famous now but will probably be very famous soon.

Beth McColl

Beth McColl
Beth McColl

Beth McColl, better known as @imteddybless, is funny and wise. Here’s her recent piece How to be a cool, chill girl who is Cool and Chill. See? Funny and wise. She’s so good at twitter as well. Really good. Just one of the all-time greats. I can’t really pick out one tweet though, it’s more of a cumulative thing where you follow her for a while and then realise she’s rewired your brain.

Caroline O’Donoghue

Caroline O'Donoghue
Caroline O’Donoghue

Caroline O’Donoghue (@czaroline) writes for The Pool, and I just think she’s very, very funny. IMHO she’s one of funniest long-form humour writers working on this side of the Atlantic. Here’s the excellent piece she wrote for us: Every Brochure For Every Massive House In Ireland. Here’s a second one that she wrote for The Pool: Letters I would have written to my friends’ partners if only I’d had the balls.

Akilah Hughes

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Akilah Hughes is a YouTube star but calling her that kind of undersells the breadth of material she puts out on her channel. She does funny social commentary videos like the one above but then also she does interviews, and sketches and news, and, and, and. The point is, she’s very good at what she does and I don’t know where these YouTubers find the time to make all this stuff. Writing this post has taken me ALL NIGHT.

Rachel Bloom

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I wrote about how great Rachel Bloom and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend are in our 2016 roundup and that was before she dropped that twist in the season finale. Is Crazy Ex-Girlfriend the most exciting comedy on TV at the moment? I dunno, maybe. It’s definitely possible.

Teresa Coyne

Teresa Coyne
Teresa Coyne

Teresa Coyne is a standup and tour guide in the Leprechaun Museum. She’s a great standup, you should check her out. I haven’t taken the tour in the Leprechaun Museum but if Teresa’s appearances on Our Sexual History and Juvenalia, discussing Sex In Irish Mythology and Saddle Club respectively, are anything to go by then she’s also an excellent tour guide.

Ok, see you next week for the final part of this incomplete list that I keep adding to.