The 8 Most Ignored Funny Women On Television

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Although Jerry Seinfeld might say, “Happy birthday? No such thing,” I’d like to wish Julia Louis-Dreyfus a big, fat, balloons and cake and confetti happy birthday. She turns 53 today and she has a lot to celebrate, among that being the winner of four Emmy Awards, one Golden Globe award and five Screen Actors Guild Awards and, of course, a Crushable Crushie* for being one of the first funny women on television. (*pending trademark approval.)

When it comes to funny women on television, certain names come to mind: Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling. And this is not undeserved; those are some darn funny ladies. But they’re not the only actresses on TV who can make me giggle, snort and cackle all within one episode. So, in honor of J. L-D’s birthday, here are the eight most ignored funny women in television. Hang onto your pants, it’s going to be a wild ride.

1. Julia Louis-Dreyfus

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The birthday woman herself! Who didn’t laugh with (and, occasionally, at) Elaine Benes on Seinfeld? You may not have remembered her stint on Saturday Night Live prior to the hit comedy show, but you can bet she was funny. Currently, Julia portrays the funniest U.S. vice president ever on HBO’s Veep.

2. Michaela Watkins

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Like Julia, Michaela was also an SNL cast member, though only for one season. After being fired from the show in 2009, she played a recurring role alongside Julia on the sitcom The New Adventures of Old Christine. Since then she’s had roles in various TV shows and movies, currently co-starring on ABC’s Trophy Wife as an erratic, unpredictable and free spirited ex-wife. What I mean by those adjectives: funny. She’s a funny woman.

3. Amy Schumer

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If you haven’t watched any of Amy’s stand-up routines or seen her sketch comedy Inside Amy Schumer, you are missing out on one hilarious woman. She tackles everything on sex, relationships and the craziness of life in a blunt, it’s-funny-because-it’s-true kind of way. If your underwear was hanging out on the subway, Amy would tell you. And probably everyone else near you…but in a hilarious way.

4. Julie Bowen

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You probably know Julie as Ty Burell’s wife on Modern Family, a hilarious show where Sofia Vergara claims much of the spotlight. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some Sofia, but Julie is just as hot and just as funny. Plus, as she told Ellen, she once got yelled at on the red carpet for stopping too long to talk to Jon Hamm and screwing up the photo order. Woman after my own heart! (Well, woman after the man who’s after my heart.)

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    • elle

      Michaela Watkins is hilarious. Best part of Trophy Wife, but yeah she was just one of those people whose comedy just doesn’t work at SNL. Can we also add Eliza Coupe to this list? She is always hilarious, I am a huge fan of hers. I don’t watch House of Lies but she was supposed to be on it this season. Is that something that’s still happening?

      • Jenni

        Anyone who was in Happy Endings has a place on this list!

      • Alison

        Casey Wilson should be on this list too, then!

    • Miles

      Some good calls here (I don’t think that people will realize just how wonderful Rashida Jones is on Parks and Rec until after she leaves this season), but I would hardly call some of these entries “ignored.” Julia-Louis Dreyfus has had starring roles in three full
      series and has arguably been the most prolific of the four Seinfeld
      stars since that show ended. She has also won tons of awards for her
      other shows. In what way has she been ignored? Same with the Emmy-winning Julie Bowen who is feasibly the most prominent character on what many consider to be the most popular comedy on television at the moment.

      With so many underrated and ignored comedic talents on television– especially ignored comediennes– there were plenty of choices. It’s not that the actresses here aren’t great, but a lot of them are quite high-profile and are generally acknowledged as comedy stars.

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