You heard me.
In no particular order:
#5) Ellen Degeneres
TV’s most affable talk show host spent years perfecting her uniquely awkward, G-rated-but-somehow-hilarious comedic style. No one but Ellen could deliver the following line and get as big a laugh:
“Stuffed deer heads on walls are bad enough, but it’s worse when you see them wearing dark glasses, having streamers around their necks and a hat on their antlers. Because then you know they were enjoying themselves at a great party when they were shot.”
This is a woman who talked about coming out, onstage, in a standup act, in the form of an interpretive dance, way before coming out so publicly was a thing. She’s got bigger balls than any male comedian. And let’s be real, her talk show is way more fun than all those lame Lenos and Lettermans out there.
Whether she’s trying the Cinnamon Challenge, going to meet Peter at the perk, or just picking apart the latest pop star’s lyrics, Glozell is an internet comedy phenomenon. She’s gathered millions of Youtube hits (406 million total) and followers just by being herself. Granted, there’s certainly an element of performativity in her videos, (as when she disgustedly tries cilantro seven times, and of course miraculously ends up loving it) but look at the way she says, “Vampire. Crazy.” in the above video. That is unscripted, off-the-cuff, unintentionally hilarious stuff right there. I could watch her all day, and have. Because yes, Glozell. I is ok.
#3) Tracey Ullman
Best female impressionist ever? Everything you need to know about this woman’s astonishing work ethic as an entertainer can be seen in the above video. You can even watch the original clip it’s based on, and marvel at Tracey Ullman’s raw talent. For anyone who’s never seen State of the Union, her satirical show, watch her play Campbell Brown, Dame Judi Dench, and, of course, Rene Zellwegger… as J. K. Rowling.
#2) Kathy Griffin
Tracey Ullman may be the supreme Hollywood impressionist, but no one makes fun of the high and mighty better than Miss Kathy. Her anecdotal, self-depracating sense of humor makes for perfect celebrity bitchery – she’s inside enough to see the stars at their silliest, but outside enough to know how ridiculous they are. My Life on the D-List is a brilliant satire of celebrity life, yet it’s somehow easy to feel like you would get along wonderfully with Kathy and her A-list friends. Any and all of her standup specials are worth watching in full, but her account of her triumphant Emmy win and her story that involved running around without pants are fabulous highlights.
#1) Kristen Wiig
How, dear Goddess of Comedy, can I pick just one?