Who doesn’t love a funny lady? They’re just like you – quirky, smart, and confident. The only difference is that they don’t need to laugh at their own jokes (guilty as charged), because the whole world is already laughing for them.
And while we kind of hate them for being so awesome, we also want to be their best friend. Here Valley rounds up this year’s insanely successful and outrageously funny women we wouldn’t mind hanging out with.
Fresh off cohosting the 2014 Golden Globes alongside Tina Fey, Amy Poehler (who just won her first Golden Globe!!!!!!!!) continues to be one of comedy’s reigning queens. Having established herself as the actress we know and love from her time on Saturday Night Live, appearing in several of our favorite films (shout out to Mean Girls and Blades of Glory) and bringing the loveable Leslie Knope of Parks and Recreation to life, Poehler is also a seasoned screen writer, producer and now author, her first book rumored to be coming out later this year.
On letting your freak-flag fly: “There’s power in looking silly and not caring that you do.”
If you somehow forgot about her side-splitting performance as Fat Amy in Pitch Perfect (“Yeah, no… Don’t put me down for cardio”), or as Kristen Wiig’s roommate who accepted a free tattoo from the back of a van in Bridesmaids, let us remind you why we love Rebel Wilson. Tune into ABC for her new show Super Fun Night, produced by and starring this talented 27-year-old.
On body-bashing: “I think women out there should just be happy with the way they look. They shouldn’t really try to conform to any kind of stereotype. Just be happy and hopefully healthy.”
Finally stealing the spotlight after years of being behind the jokes that have made shows like The Office stand-out successes, Mindy Kaling has worked her way to the top of the entertainment ladder, set to grace the cover of ELLE this February as one of their 2014 Women in TV. Add her book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) to your reading list and check out The Mindy Project – the show Kaling stars in as well as produces – and you’ll understand why we not only want to be friends with her, but we also kind of want to be her.
On being fabulous: “Sometimes you just have to put on lip gloss and pretend to be psyched.”
Getting her start in 2010 with her film Tiny Furniture (which she wrote, produced and starred in, may we add), Lena Dunham is going to be everywhere this year, including the February cover of Vogue. You may have heard of Dunham’s award-winning show Girls, which she (again) writes for, produces and stars in, having made it to its third quirky, candid, and edgy season – all three adjectives also perfectly describing Dunham herself.
On being You: “Dress like you’re in charge of your shit then open your mouth and blow everybody’s mind because you are a punk and say crazy stuff.”
Not to be a cliché, but women are having a major moment right now, and in the face of half-naked pop stars and drugged-out actresses, it’s nice to know there are still some fierce females out there fighting the good fight for all us folks at home. So let’s give these ladies a round of applause – and then promptly proceed to fan-girl over them later.
Who runs the world? (Say it with me) GIRLS!
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