In honor of Melissa McCarthy's recent birthday (August 26th), I decided to highlight 5 female comedians at the top of their game including, of course, the amazingly hilarious Melissa McCarthy.
1. Melissa McCarthy
I first encountered Melissa McCarthy in one of my all time favorite shows Gilmore Girls. I had never heard of her before, but immediately loved her. She was spunky and funny. Then all of a sudden, I began to see her everywhere: Bridesmaids, The Heat, Identity Thief, Tammy, St. Vincent, Spy. She is a fabulous comedian who isn't afraid to use everything under the sun for humor!
2. Lucille Ball
Lucille Ball basically indirectly raised me. I Love Lucy was almost constantly playing in my household. She is a perfect mix of elegance and hilarity! Her show was not only popular for viewers but also fellow stars. Celebrity cameos include: Harpo Marx, William Holden,Van Johnson, Richard Widmark, and John Wayne! Her role as Lucy Ricardo has become as iconic as she is.
3. Kristen Wiig
Kristen Wiig has graced the world with her presence in numerous movies: Bridesmaids, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The Skeleton Twins, Girl Most Likely, Whip It, Despicable Me 2. Her SNL career, however, is masterfully funny. Every episode with her in it was enhanced immensely! Her characters, such as Penelope, Gilly, Target Lady, Kat (of Garth & Kat), and Dooneese, have become widely known and loved.
4. Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Julia Louis-Dreyfus is a TV superstar! From Seinfeld, to The New Adventures of Old Christine, to VEEP, she has shown the world she can tackle any kind of comedy. (Especially epic dance moves!)
5. Lily Tomlin
Lily Tomlin started out her career as a stand-up comedian performing off-Broadway in the 1960s. After numerous TV shows, appearances, and movies, she has reentered everyone's lives with the Netflix Original Series Grace & Frankie, starring her and Jane Fonda. Her massive career is admirable and exceedingly impressive.