The 50 Funniest Women of 2016

Breaking the glass ceiling one joke at a time.

Behind every great laugh, there's a greater, totally hilarious woman: This year, women are starring in the funniest movies, TV shows, and comedy specials we're most obsessed with—and writing and producing them, too. Here—in no particular order, because they're all equally, ridiculously brilliant—this year's reigning queens of comedy.

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<strong>Badass alert: </strong>She wrote and stars in this summer's mind-blowingly hilarious film <em>Trainwreck</em>. 

<strong>Nailed it:</strong> Her whip-smart humor has made her Comedy Central show,<em> Inside Amy Schumer</em>, required viewing for anyone with eyes. See also: literally anything that comes out of her mouth. 

<strong>Real talk: </strong>"Woman who likes herself #OffendEveryoneIn4Words."(<a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/amyschumer">@amyschumer</a>)
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Amy Schumer

Badass alert: She released her best-selling debut book The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo this year and will play Barbie in a live-action movie slated for 2018.

Nailed it: Her whip-smart humor has made her Comedy Central show, Inside Amy Schumer, required viewing for anyone with eyes (currently on its fourth season) and she branched out on the big screen with the hit Trainwreck. See also: literally anything that comes out of her mouth.

Real talk: "Woman who likes herself #OffendEveryoneIn4Words."(@amyschumer)

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<strong>Badass alert:</strong> She does bad really good—from the Elaine dance (<em>Seinfeld</em>) to the White House (<em>Veep</em>). 

<strong>Find her: </strong><a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/officialjld">@OfficialJLD</a>.
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Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Badass alert: She does bad really good—from the Elaine dance (Seinfeld) to the White House (Veep). See also: her cameo in Inside Amy Schumer's "Last F*ckable Day" sketch.

Find her: @OfficialJLD.

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<strong>Real talk:</strong> "And I am female as fuck." (Bee's sign-off in the trailer for her TBS late-night show)

<strong>Find her:</strong> <a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/iamsambee">@iamsambee</a>.
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Samantha Bee

Real talk: She's been described as the John Stewart we all needed this past election cycle and an essential voice of dissent in Trump's America. "And I am female as fuck." (Bee's sign-off in the trailer for her TBS late-night show.)

Find her: @iamsambee.

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<strong>Badass alert: </strong>A <em>Girls</em>' girl whom girls love. (Watch her now-iconic HBO show to learn why.) 

<strong>Find her: </strong><a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/lenadunham">@lenadunham</a>.
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Lena Dunham

Badass alert: A Girls' girl who girls love (Watch her now-iconic HBO show or follow her ever-insightful newsletter Lenny Letter to learn why.)

Find her: @lenadunham.

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<strong>Badass alert: </strong>The creators and stars of <em>Broad City</em> redefined the stoner-comedy genre. 

<strong>Find them:</strong> <a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/ilazer">@ilazer</a>, <a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/abbijacobson">@abbijacobson</a>.
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Abbi Jacobsen and Ilana Glazer

Badass alert: The hilarious creators and stars of Broad City redefined the stoner-comedy genre and helped to coin a vernacular for the millennial woman "Yasss queen."

Find them: @ilazer, @abbijacobson.

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<strong>Badass alert: </strong>Everything the <em>SNL</em> alum touches turns into goddamn comedy gold: UCB Theatre, <em>Broad City</em>, the Golden Globes. 

<strong>Nailed it:</strong> Right now, she's starring in <em>Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp</em> (Netflix) and executive-producing<em> Difficult People </em>(Hulu).
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Amy Poehler

Badass alert: Everything the SNL alum touches turns into goddamn comedy gold: UCB Theatre, Broad City, Parks and Recreation, the Golden Globes.

Nailed it: She's slated to appear with fellow SNL alum Will Ferrell in next year's comedy The House.

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<strong>Badass alert: </strong>Super-funny supermodel. 

<strong>Real talk:</strong> "I get the most retweets from avocado tweets," she says. "Avocados dying really hits home."
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Chrissy Teigen

Badass alert: Super-funny supermodel, new mother, and #BlenderWar instigator.

Real talk: "I get the most retweets from avocado tweets," she says. "Avocados dying really hits home."

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<strong>Nailed it:</strong> In her epic meltdown on <em>Veep</em>. 

<strong>Real talk:</strong> "You know, if it's a boy, maybe I'll name him after you, call him Fuckweasel." (as Amy on <em>Veep</em>)
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Anna Chlumsky

Nailed it: In her epic meltdown on Veep.

Real talk: "You know, if it's a boy, maybe I'll name him after you, call him Fuckweasel." (as Amy on Veep)

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<strong>Who's that girl: </strong>Head writer and co-executive producer of <em>Inside Amy Schumer</em>. 

<strong>Badass alert: </strong>She's developing a pilot based on her life for Showtime.
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Jessi Klein

Who's that girl: Head writer and co-executive producer of Inside Amy Schumer.

Badass alert: She published a hilarious and charming collection of real-life stories called You'll Grow Out of It this year.

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<strong>Nailed it:</strong> As someone we'd love to survive the apocalypse with. 

<strong>Binge-watch:</strong> <em>Last Man on Earth.</em>
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Kristen Schaal

Nailed it: As someone we'd love to survive the apocalypse with and in basically every voice cameo she makes, from Bob's Burgers to BoJack Horseman.

Binge-watch: Last Man on Earth.

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<strong>Who's that girl:</strong> Her "cocumentary"— that's comedy documentary—<em>Women Aren't Funny </em>will make you laugh, cry, and get pissed off (mostly at dumb dudes). 

<strong>Find her:</strong> <a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/bonniemcfarlane">@bonniemcfarlane</a>.
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Bonnie McFarlane

Who's that girl: Her "cocumentary"—that's comedy documentary FYI—Women Aren't Funny will make you laugh, cry, and get pissed off (mostly at dumb dudes). Read her no-holds-barred 2016 memoir You're Better than Me for even more laughs.

Find her: @bonniemcfarlane.

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<strong>Badass alert:</strong> <em>Has Anyone Seen My Pants?</em>, the recent follow-up to her book <em>Life As I Blow It</em>. 

<strong>Find her:</strong> <a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/sarahcolonna">@sarahcolonna</a>.
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Sarah Colonna

Badass alert: Has Anyone Seen My Pants?, the recent follow-up to her book Life As I Blow It.

Find her: @sarahcolonna.

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<strong>Who's that girl:</strong> One-half of the Bellacourt sisters in the <em>Downton Abbey/</em><em>Keeping Up with the Kardashians</em> mash-up <em>Another Period</em>. 

<strong>Find her: </strong><a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/natashaleggero">@natashaleggero</a>.
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Natasha Leggero

Who's that girl: One-half of the Bellacourt sisters behind the Downton Abbey/Keeping Up with the Kardashians mash-up Another Period.

Find her: @natashaleggero.

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<strong>Who's that girl: </strong>The executive producer of HBO's <em>Girls</em>. 

<strong>Real talk:</strong> "Bitches be Googling 'early onset Alzheimer's symptoms.'" (<a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/jennikonner">@JenniKonner</a>)
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Jenni Konner

Who's that girl: The executive producer of HBO's Girls and co-creator of the weekly feminist newsletter Lenny Letter which she runs with Lena Dunham.

Real talk: "Bitches be Googling 'early onset Alzheimer's symptoms.'" (@JenniKonner)

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<strong>Badass alert:</strong> Co-created (with Judd Apatow and Paul Rust) the new Netflix Original series <em>Love</em>. 

<strong>Find her:</strong> <a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/lesleyarfin">@lesleyarfin</a>.
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Lesley Arfin

Badass alert: A Writer's Guild of America award winner who co-created (with Judd Apatow and Paul Rust) this year's Netflix Original series Love.

Find her: @lesleyarfin.

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<strong>Who's that girl: </strong>The deadpan comic on every comedy nerd's radar. 

<strong>Real talk: </strong>"I wish you could Shazam whether people are worth getting to know." (<a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/aparnapkin">@aparnapkin</a>)
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Aparna Nancherla

Who's that girl: The deadpan comic on every comedy nerd's radar (she put out a stand-up album this year called Just Putting it Out There).

Real talk: "I wish you could Shazam whether people are worth getting to know." (@aparnapkin)

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<strong>Binge-watch:</strong> Feel good while streaming <em>I'm Gonna Die Alone (And I Feel Fine)</em> on Netflix. 

<strong>Find her: </strong><a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/jenkirkman">@JenKirkman</a>.
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Jen Kirkman

Binge-watch: Feel good while streaming I'm Gonna Die Alone (And I Feel Fine) on Netflix.

Find her: @JenKirkman.

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<strong>Who's that girl:</strong> <em>Spy</em> sidekick with a major fan base across the pond. 

<strong>Find her:</strong> <a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/mermhart">@mermhart</a>.
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Miranda Hart

Who's that girl: Spy sidekick with a major fan base across the pond (she'll star in Disney's live-action Nutcracker this year).

Find her: @mermhart.

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<strong>Badass alert:</strong> She's got an HBO pilot inspired by Maureen Dowd's book <em>Are Men Necessary? </em>

<strong>Binge-watch:</strong> <em>I Love You</em> on CC:Stand-Up Direct.
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Whitney Cummings

Badass alert: Her new HBO stand-up special I'm Your Girlfriend premiered earlier this year and she was green-lighted for an HBO pilot inspired by Maureen Dowd's book Are Men Necessary?

Binge-watch: Her show 2 Broke Girls on CBS.

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<strong>Binge-watch:</strong> <em>Freezing Hot</em> on Netflix. 

<strong>Find her:</strong> <a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/iliza">@iliza</a>.
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Iliza Shlesinger

Binge-watch: Her new comedy special Confirmed Kills on Netflix.

Find her: @iliza.

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<strong>Binge-watch:</strong> <em>The Office </em>alum on<em> Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt</em> (Netflix). 

<strong>Real talk: </strong>"Hashbrown: no filter." (as Kimmy)
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Ellie Kemper

Binge-watch: The Office alum on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix).

Real talk: "Hashbrown: no filter" (as Kimmy).

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<strong>Binge-watch: </strong><em>Knock Knock, It's Tig Notaro</em> (Showtime). 

<strong>Nailed it: </strong>On her stand-up tour inside fans' homes.
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Tig Notaro

Binge-watch: One Mississippi (Amazon).

Nailed it: On her stand-up tour inside fans' homes.

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<strong>Who's that girl: </strong>Watch the L.A.-based UCB performer on MTV's <em>Girl Code</em>. 

<strong>Real talk:</strong> "I wore really cute shoes today and no one complimented them. Is everyone OK?" (<a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/nicolebyer">@nicolebyer</a>)
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Nicole Byer

Who's that girl: Watch the L.A.-based UCB performer on MTV's *Loosely Exactly Nicole.

Real talk: "I wore really cute shoes today and no one complimented them. Is everyone OK?" (@nicolebyer)

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<strong>Who's that girl:</strong> The other half of the Bellacourt sisters in <em>Another Period.</em> 

<strong>Find her: </strong><a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/rikilindhome">@rikilindhome</a>.
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Riki Lindhome

Who's that girl: The other half of the Bellacourt sisters in Another Period.

Find her: @rikilindhome.

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<strong>Who's that girl:</strong> Cohost of the <em>Throwing Shade</em> podcast and creator of Funny or Die's <em>Gay of Thrones</em>. 

<strong>Find her: </strong><a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/gibblertron">@gibblertron</a>.
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Erin Gibson

Who's that girl: Co-host of the Throwing Shade podcast and creator of Funny or Die's Gay of Thrones.

Find her: @gibblertron.

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<strong>Nailed it: </strong>ABC's <em>Fresh Off the Boat</em>. 

<strong>Find her:</strong> <a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/constancewu">@ConstanceWu</a>.
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Constance Wu

Nailed it: ABC's Fresh Off the Boat.

Find her: @ConstanceWu.

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<strong>Nailed it: </strong><em>The Everything Is Perfect When You're a Liar</em> author has a crazy-funny feed. 

<strong>Find her:</strong> <a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/kellyoxford">@kellyoxford</a>.
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Kelly Oxford

Nailed it: The Everything Is Perfect When You're a Liar author has a crazy-funny Twitter feed.

Find her: @kellyoxford.

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<strong>Badass alert:</strong> She's <a target="_blank" href="http://www.marieclaire.com/celebrity/news/a14222/jenny-slate-and-ari-graynor-fx-tv-show/">teaming up with <em>Obvious Child</em> director Gillian Robespierre for an FX comedy pilot.</a> 

<strong>Nailed it:</strong> In everything she does—<em>Married, Kroll Show, Bob's Burgers</em>.
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Jenny Slate

Badass alert: She's teaming up with Obvious Child director Gillian Robespierre for an FX comedy pilot.

Nailed it: In everything she does—Married, Kroll Show, Bob's Burgers.

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<strong>Badass alert: </strong>Her new book, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.marieclaire.com/celebrity/news/a14580/mindy-kaling-book-why-not-me/"><em>Why Not Me?</em></a>, is on our reading list, and the new season of <em>The Mindy Project </em>is on our Hulu queue (season four, streaming TBD). 

<strong>Find her: </strong><a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/mindykaling">@mindykaling</a>.
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Mindy Kaling

Badass alert: She'll appear in the all-female reboot of the Ocean's series (Ocean's Eight) and the latest season of The Mindy Project is on our Hulu queue (season five, streaming TBD).

Find her: @mindykaling.

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<strong>Nailed it:</strong> As the straight-talking Dr. Rainbow Johnson on ABC's <em>Black-ish</em>. 

<strong>Badass alert: </strong>Have you seen her IMDb page?
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Tracee Ellis Ross

Nailed it: As the straight-talking Dr. Rainbow Johnson on ABC's Black-ish.

Badass alert: Have you seen her IMDb page?

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<strong>Badass alert:</strong> Her performance in <em>I Smile Back</em> made buzzy Sundance buzz this year. 

<strong>Binge-watch: </strong><em>We Are Miracles </em>on HBO Go.
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Sarah Silverman

Badass alert: She killed it at this year's Democratic National Convention and has an untitled comedy pilot with HBO in the works.

Binge-watch: We Are Miracles on HBO Go.

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<strong>Badass alert:</strong> She's working on docu-comedy specials for Netflix. 

<strong>Nailed it:</strong> She's battling social media sexism, one topless Instagram at a time.
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Chelsea Handler

Badass alert: Her new Netflix half-hour series Chelsea which has her interviewing celebrities and professionals.

Nailed it: She's battling social media sexism, one topless Instagram at a time.

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