They’re intelligent, determined, hysterical, and out and proud lesbian women. We don’t know why it is that so many lesbians decide to go into comedy, but we sure are grateful that these 10 did because each one of them has been making us laugh for years with their unique styles and amazing amounts of talent. From Last Comic Standing to festivals and shows across the country to…well, Ellen – these are our Fresh Ten Lesbians of Comedy.
10. Gina Yashere. A lot of Last Comic Standing fans got their first taste of Gina during her popular bit when she asked the question, “How drunk do you have to be to let a DOG eat your FACE?” It doesn’t bring about the most pleasant of images but it sure did earn the British comic lots of laughs. (http://www.ginayashere.com.)
9. Jessica Kirson. Another Last Comic Standing alum, Kirson has absolutely perfected the art of baby imitations (you just need to see it to understand). (http://www.jessicakirson.com.)
8. Jennie McNulty. Funny, (check out “Jennie McNulty Presents: Walking Funny With…”); athletic, (she plays for the IWFL); AND smart, (she has a Master’s degree in Kinesiology)… What more could we ask for?
7. Michele Balan. She was the last woman standing on Last Comic Standing during her season and hasn’t looked back since. The hysterical New Yorker has been entertaining crowds all across the country and is recording a new DVD on 4/17 for those who aren’t able to catch her on the road. (http://www.comicbalan.com.)
6. Erin Foley. She made her mark on Club Skirts The Dinah 2009, very successfully opening for Suzanne Westenhoefer, and Erin Foley has established herself as one of the best young comedians in the lesbian community and beyond with her amazing wit and impeccable comedic timing. (http://www.erinkfoley.blogspot.com.)
5. Bridget McManus. With a steadily increasing fan base and a natural and engaging stage presence, McManus is one of those up and coming talents that you just know will soon be a household name. (http://www.bridgetmcmanus.com.)
4. Dana Goldberg. Curve Magazine named her one of the Five Funniest Lesbians in the Country (sharing the cover with Bridget McManus and Suzanne Westenhoefer) and we couldn’t agree more. She is also extremely kind and very generous – Goldberg has helped raise thousands of dollars to fight HIV/AIDS, and joins GLBT communities and organizations across the country to raise national awareness in the fight for equality.
3. Wanda Sykes. Sykes has been one of the funniest women in television and film for many years, but when she came out during the aftermath of Proposition 8 she proved that she can be serious too – and established herself as an icon of our community.
2. Suzanne Westenhoefer. If you haven’t yet seen a Suzanne Westenhoefer show then go online, find one, and get to it ASAP so that you can experience the joy that comes from watching the superstar comic perform. Her groundbreaking career as the first openly gay comedian ever includes appearances on Letterman, HBO, Bravo, and Logo – where she has steadily delivered her jokes with a kindness and warmth that puts her in the same league as Ellen. Westenhoefer is a much-appreciated and unique gift to every audience she appears in front of, gay or straight.
1. Ellen DeGeneres. Ellen is such an amazing comedian that she really does make the world a better place. She brings happiness and laughter into countless households every day with her show and forever changed the way the world views lesbians when she proudly and bravely came out. Ellen most likely tops any list about favorite comedians, and we’re thrilled that we can include her on ours.