Last week I was fortunate enough to have a post published on SheKnows highlighting 10 women-led comedies worth binge watching. I love a good comedy, and when that comedy has a super talented woman as the lead, I love it even more. These ladies are killing the comedy game, and most of them are writers and producers on their own shows.
The leading Portlandia duo is Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, who also created the series. It's a satirical sketch-comedy show that pokes fun at Portland culture. Armisen and Brownstein each play multiple amusing characters, including “Fred and Carrie,” whose relationship is based on Bert and Ernie from Sesame Street, and “Nina and Lance,” a couple completely steeped in stereotypical gender roles, except Fred plays Nina and Carrie plays Lance, which makes for very funny segments.
Where to watch: iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Xbox
2. Broad City
Originally a web series, Broad City, which stars and was created by Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, is a scripted show about two twentysomethings living life in New York City. The pair is always getting into sticky situations and adventures that lead them into bizarre entertaining situations, such as being accidently locked into the back of a moving truck or being stuck in a nightmare trip to the DMV for a new license photo.
Where to watch: Comedy Central website, Hulu
3. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
The premise of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, starring and executive produced by Rachel Bloom, is that successful lawyer Rebecca picks up and moves from NYC to the West Coast to pursue her childhood sweetheart, but after upending her life, she’s faced with the reality that her love has a new girlfriend. The most hilarious part is the musical numbers they break into, such as “Sexy Getting Ready Song,” which pokes fun at the process women go through to prepare for dates.
Where to watch: Hulu
4. Another Period
This historical satire follows the lives of the obscenely rich Bellacourt family and their many servants in turn-of-the-century Rhode Island. Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome play the main Bellacourt sisters in a look at narcissistic aristocrats and the poor people who serve them. It’s basically a really funny and less realistic Downton Abbey.
Where to watch: Amazon, Comedy Central website
5. Inside Amy Schumer
If you like self-deprecating humor with a feminist bent, uncomfortable sex talk and charmingly inappropriate insights, Inside Amy Schumer — a combination of stand-up, sketches and wild interviews with people on the street and topic “experts” — is for you.
Where to watch: Hulu, Amazon