If an unfortunate looking guy has a sense of humour, he’s suddenly considered a studmuffin. But, when it comes to hilarious women, who may or may not be good looking, how come they’re paid less attention than funny men?
We decided to give our favourite comedy queens their due share of attention.
Emma Stone — Easy Aa
Young actor Emma Stone is the one to watch. She showed her funny bone in Easy A as the obscure, nobody Olive Penderghast who turns into the high school it girl overnight. Her acting was so good we are convinced she can do a better job at the romantic-comedy genre which is heralded by the likes of Jennifer Aniston and Katherine Heigl.
Favourite quote: I want a $100 gift card deposited into my locker by noon tomorrow. Preferably to The Gap, but I’d also take Amazon.com or Office Max. Actually make it Office Max — I have my eye on a label maker.
Katherine Parkinson — “The IT Crowd”
If you don’t know who Katherine Parkinson is, you may be living under a rock. She’s the funniest British actor to date, who appears on the Channel 4 comedy series, “The IT Crowd” which has won several Emmys and Baftas. She plays Jen Barber, an IT Relationship Manager at the Reynholm Industries, whose main job consists of managing two geeks in the IT department. Considering her role at the company, Jen has no idea about information technology.
Favourite quote: I have extensive experience of computers like using mices, clicking, double-clicking, and that thing that goes on the floor er…the hard-drive?”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus — “Seinfeld”
It’s been years since “Seinfeld” ended, but every time we think about Dreyfus’s neurotic character Elaine’s signature dance moves at J Peterman’s party, we burst into fits of laughter. After seeing her comic brilliance and how well she fits with the rest of the characters, it’s hard to believe that her character was originally not even written in the script. She actually appeared in the show in the second episode because the creators thought the show seemed too male-centric.
Favourite quote: It’s not fair that restaurants have a first come, first served policy. It should be based on who’s hungriest!
Eva Longoria — ‘Desperate Housewives’
When God was handing out everyone’s talents, He was a bit too kind with Eva Longoria. Not only is the actor drop dead gorgeous, she’s also hilarious. While playing the character of Gabrielle Solis in “Desperate Housewives”, she manages to bring the giggles even in the most stressful situations. It takes someone extremely adorable to pull off Solis’ loud cackle and her unashamedly vain and superficial scheming without looking evil.
Favourite quote: Do you know how bored I was today? I came this close to actually cleaning the house.
Kristen Wiig — “Saturday Night Live”/Bridesmaids
Bridesmaid came at a time when there just weren’t enough films being produced which had a female lead who could carry the entire film on her shoulders. And that’s when Kristen Wiig appeared on the screen as the fragile and vulnerable Annie Walker in Bridesmaids and changed our minds. Wiig did an incredible job of portraying a 30-something woman’s struggle with loneliness, business failure and her best friend’s wedding.
Favourite quote: This is the first time I’ve seen you look ugly, and that makes me happy!
Published in The Express Tribune, April 19th, 2012.