Over the years women have been a huge part of television history. This article lists a few of the great comedians of the small screen throughout the years.
Betty White: Betty White sure has made her mark in the entertainment world. Whether you are watching her as loveable but naïve ‘Rose Nylund’ in reruns of the 1980’s sitcom “The Golden Girls” or laughing out loud to her pulling pranks on unsuspecting young adults in NBC’s “Off Their Rockers,” one thing is for certain. Betty White has been stealing viewer’s hearts for the last several decades.
Zooey Deschanel: This lady is unstoppable! She can act. Catch her on Tuesday night’s lineup on Fox as ‘Jessica Day’ in the “New Girl.” I promise you will not be disappointed. She has even produced episodes of her hit television show. This leading lady can sing too! Listen to her perform as half of the Indie Folk duet, She and Him. Does the term triple-threat come to mind?
Lucille Ball: Would any list be complete without mention of this fiery red head? Her passion for her craft is evident in any episode of ‘I Love Lucy’. She was a pioneer in physical comedy and is often listed as an influence for other actresses. I think the majority can agree that we love Lucy.
Mindy Kaling: We first were introduced to her in “The Office” where she was a writer for the show and played character ‘Kelly Kapoor.’ Currently, Kaling stars in the comedy “The Mindy Project” in which she also created. You can even get your Mindy fix by checking out her popular memoir Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns). Come on, Mindy, nobody would want to hang out without you.
Tina Fey: She has had a lot of success in her field and recently just ended a run as ‘Liz Lemon’ on the Emmy winning series “30 Rock.” For many years Fey wrote and acted on the long running show “Saturday Night Live.” If you have had the pleasure of witnessing this woman on screen then you know she exudes confidence. Can we nominate her for a Role Model of the Year award?
Amy Poehler: Also a ”Saturday Night Live” alumni, Poehler now stars in the primetime sitcom “Parks and Recreation.” She recently received a Golden Globe award for Best Actress in a comedy series. You go girl!
Ellen DeGeneres: DeGeneres who is an actress and stand-up comedian turned daytime talk show host can regularly be seen weekdays on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” Staying home when you are sick now does not seem so bad.
Carol Burnett: What can be said about Carol Burnett that has not been said a thousand times already? “The Carol Burnett Show” was a great variety show that still can put audiences ‘in stitches’ to this day. Look in a dictionary under success and you may just see Burnett’s picture.