It’s International Women’s Day– an important moment to find ways to honor and celebrate the contributions that women have made around the world. Our world of course, is stand up comedy. Celebrate watching and listening to some of our favorite powerful women who make us laugh, and have something important to say.
Additionally, with an eye on up-and-coming comedians, the second season of The Standups will be released on March 20. Featuring 30-minute sets from six comics, the Netflix Original comedy series includes three female comics that are sure to keep you laughing: Gina Yashere, Rachel Feinstein, and Aparna Nancherla. Season one of The Standups also features the comedic talents of Beth Stelling, Fortune Feimster, and Nikki Glaser, and is streaming now.
Gail Bennington from SiriusXM’s Bennington Show is a phenomenal talent, and she also has handpicked a list of 49 amazing comedians to talk to- all women. She talks with comedy’s funniest women, giving their perspective on everything in stand up, and we’ve learned a lot about what women talk about when men aren’t around. All 25 episodes eye opening and incredibly funny.
You can go to iTunes to listen to all 25 including Adrienne Iapalucci, Sasheer Zamata, Amy Miller, Lynne Koplitz,Yamaneika Saunders, Aparna Nancherla,Morgan Murphy, Tammy Pescatelli, Corrinne Fisher, Krystyna Hutchinson, Jessica Kirson, Bridget Everett, Rachel Feinstein, Bonnie McFarlane, Marina Franklin, Emma Willman, Carly Aquilino, Carmen Lynch, Sarah Tollemache, Christine Marie Evans, Liza Treyger, Annie Lederman, Rebecca Trent, Sydnee Washington, Marie Faustin, Sonia Denis, Kerry Coddett, Maeve Higgins, Mara Wiles, Phoebe Robinson, Christi Chiello, Jacqueline Novak, Molly Austin, Kate Berlant, Emily Tarver, Michelle Buteau, Irene Morales, Clare O’Kane, Laurie Kilmartin, Tricia Bates, Kerryn Feehan, Myka Fox, Kendra Cunningham, Becky Yamamato, Kaytlin Bailey, Brooke Arnold, Joyelle Johnson, and Liz Miele.
Hollywood has been unkind to women in many ways, but there are plenty of female fronted comedy films that you can watch to show the industry that women are funny- on film. A few of our favorites make for perfect choices to stay home and laugh on March 8. We picked five current favorites and five classics to get you started, but there are endless choices.
10 of our favorite comedy books just happen to be written by women. These aren’t just 10 of the best comedy books written by women, they’re 10 of the best comedy books.
Check out your local listings to find out where women are taking the stage near you!