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Your rainy, grim Thursday (well, here on the East Coast...) is about to turn sunny-side up, amigos. As if Amy Poehler and Tina Fey's posed comebacks WEREN'T EXCITING ENOUGH, NBC  has just released a promo for another pilot in the wings: The Maya Rudolph Show. Put another way: happy birthday everyone, across time and space. Read More
  When Tina Fey pulled up her chair at the Saturday Night Live writers’ table, the show wasn’t all that woman-friendly. In her autobiographical book Bossypants, the comedien tells a story of how writers often assumed men in drag could be more funny than women. By the time she left, the show had featured more female greats than ever before: Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolf, Kristen Wiig, and others graced us with their unbeatable wit.    But wait a second! As Salon’s Carolyn Edgar points out, Keenan Thompson and Tracy Morgan are famed for their drag performances. Read More
  Last Sunday, Carol Burnett finally received her Mark Twain Prize for American Comedy, and none other than Tina Fey was there to present it to her. Oh yeah, and Amy Poehler, Martin Short, Lucie Arnaz, Maya Rudolph, and Julie Andrews also came out to honor the great lady comic.    Amy Poehler took on the role of Burnett’s disgruntled and overworked assistant, coming on stage to shout, “Carol broke the glass ceiling — as well as the glass table with a baseball bat. Read More
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. Although her work is complex and nuanced, it often gets overlooked because she is a minority in comedy. 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 malfunction, Tina even forgets to wear her shirt to the shoot and bares all. 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, the most prestigious humor award around. 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 laundry with the assistance her male intern. 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. 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 of awesome things you may or may not know about Miss Mindy. Read More