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Mindy Kaling might well be a comedic genius; her lighthearted, girlish humor resonates with profound insights into modern womanhood. She plays characters that are lovable and ambitious, flawed, and fallible. Her comedy is real and honest.  In her recent interview with Parade, Mindy is just as candid. She eloquently addresses the struggles she faces as a premiere figure in comedy, confessing that as an Indian woman in television, she gets treated differently. ... Read More
  Oh, you didn’t hear? Tina Fey is hosting SNL’s 39th season premiere with awesome musical guest Arcade Fire. And judging by the promo, the episode looks simply divine. In the video, she admits that she is super excited and rejoices in her friendship with colleague Kenan Thompson. They even engages in a little dirty talk about the number 39, although it turns out to be more disturbing and hilarious than sexy. Parodying an Emmys wardrobe ... Read More
  We all know our girls Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are today’s queens of humor, satire, and hilarious social commentary that deals with women’s issues. But who did this kind of work before them? What female comedian was around for the Women’s Liberation and all that cool stuff? Why, Carol Burnett, of course!   And now Fey and Poehler have the chance to honor this iconic lady by presenting her with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, ... Read More
  I have loved Amy Sedaris ever since I read The Book of Liz, a play of hers in which a nun with a perspiration problem finds herself by making cheese balls. The veteran BUST cover girl fascinates me, from her perky humor to her real cultural impact (she supports animal rights and has outspokenly defended her choice not to have kids). Even in her Downy laundry detergent commercial, she is hilarious and complex, dressing like a 1950s housewife to do ... Read More
This ain't no joke: Feminist comedian Bridget Christie at the top of the world - and the Edinburgh International Comedy Festival. The British comedian won this year's Foster's Edinburgh comedy award for her show A Bic for Her, which critiques everyday sexism. (Tickets sold here for you U.K. BUSTies.) Christie is a big deal for U.K. comedy. She is the third female solo act to win this award, preceded by Jenny Eclair in 1995 and Laura Solon in 2005. ... Read More
So blogging about the current state of things can get one pretty down. There aren't a lot of laughs when you're researching rape statistics. So, needless to say, I needed a little laugh. Being a huge comedy nerd, who frequents Maude Night at the UCB more than a sane person ought to, I checked out a new (ish) video from UCB-er Sasheer Zamata. This. Is. One. Funny. Lady. "He pulled his dick out like he was trying to sell me a CD or something!" In an interesting take ... Read More
It's no secret that we have a lot of love for former BUST cover girl Mindy Kaling. I myself offered to send her a birthday card, but I don't think my higher-ups would trust me with her address. Nor should they, probably. Anyway, today the lovely lady turns 34, a pretty unremarkable age, but cause for celebration nonetheless! So let's take a trip down memory lane to see how Mindy went from comedy-obsessed star student to comedy-creating super star! Here's a couple ... Read More
There have been many responses to the highly offensive (and incorrect) essay by Christopher Hitchens called “Why Women Aren’t Funny” that ran in Vanity Fair in 2007, and this oral history is the most comprehensive. We Killed chronicles the rise of female comedians ranging from the days of Mary Tyler Moore, up to the present successes of Tina Fey and Kristen Wiig. Some highlights from the earlier years include behind-the-scenes dirt about the ... Read More
  Participating comedian Meg Cupernall With the popularity of women like Amy Poehler and Tina Fey blowing up in recent years, it’s clear that ladies have been taking the comedy world by storm.  And thank goodness for that!  They shine sunlight on the gloom in our lives and make us LOL through all of life’s ups and downs. Well, if you like funny ladies and want to LYAO you can check out the She-Devil Comedy festival this October 24 ... Read More
What could be more fun than Oxygen’s reality hit Bad Girls Club? Well...a lot of things. (Remind me again why that show's on TV?) As it turns out, though, a house populated by our favorite badass lady characters from books, TV, and movies is pretty cool. I present to you Comediva’s BAMF Girls Club, which features characters such as Lisbeth Salander, Hermione Granger, and Buffy interacting under the same roof. This comedic web series debuted on ... Read More
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