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Geek Girl Guide: Funny Females (Who Aren’t Tiny Fey)

Women are funny.


If more than one woman has made someone laugh somewhere, then by very definition, then women are funny.

Women. Plural. Are. Funny. Period.

However, the sex that does not base any sense of self-worth on genital size is often dismissed in the humor department. Mila Kunis addresses the bullshittery she’s gone through trying to expand beyond being the “hot chick” in movies, and her witty Q&A with GQ proves she is capable of just that.

Even those who admit that “some” women are funny will likely cite Tina Fey, Kristin Wiig, and Amy Poehler and “that’s pretty much it.” If they have any sense of history, they’ll also add Lucille Ball, Carol Burnette, and Gilda Radner to the mix.

But there are so many more hilarious hens out there!

So if you want to expand beyond Tina Fey (and I do love her so very, very much) and see how other comic chicas do it, follow me after the jump!

Christine H. from Cracked

If she writes for Cracked, you know she’s got to be funny. But just how versatile can she be? Her articles cover law, video games, movies, kittens, science, and sports, including this awesome piece on the NFL being the best reality show ever.

For years, the draft bust poster boy was Ryan Leaf. He was actually a #2 (insert your own joke) but most people considered it a toss-up between him and #1 pick Peyton Manning, whom, if you follow football, commercials or cereal at all, you know to be a ridiculously successful player with a funny face.

Mimi Smartypants

Mimi Smartypants does not have an easily accessible (i.e., found within my fruit fly attention span) About Me page, so her identity is a bit of a mystery. Her family-wrangling humor is no simplistic gee-golly-poopy-in-the-diaper-again nonsense. It’s a wicked funny analysis of just about everything, including the social dynamics” of bookish tweens.

Because I am a sucker and the mother of an only child, I get my kid small gifts for her half-birthday. For the momentous EIGHT AND A HALF it ended up being the seventh (and last, or so I hear) Harry Potter book. Nora genuinely enjoys reading these, but I think there is a certain degree of fangirl shit going on with regard to the Harry Potter franchise, both with her and among her peers—it is not enough to get Harry Potter books from the library, you need to own them; the books’ lengths and girths are compared, like some literary locker-room wangfest; and you are expected to have a favorite book and vigorously defend that choice.

Jenny from The Bloggess

Perhaps my favorite from this list (and it is SO hard to choose), Jenny can take something as simple a typical domestic squabble and have you gasping for breath. I’ll leave it to her to make you howl over 5-foot tall metal chickens.

Victor was surprisingly pissed that I’d “wasted money” on an enormous chicken, because apparently he couldn’t appreciate the hysterical value of a 5 foot chicken ringing the doorbell. Then I said, ‘Well, at least it’s not towels’ and apparently that was the wrong thing to say because that’s when Victor screamed and stormed off, but I knew he was locked in his office because I could hear him punching things in there. Then I yelled through his door, “It’s an anniversary gift for you, asshole. Two whole weeks early. 15 YEARS IS BIG METAL CHICKENS.”

Allie from Hyperbole and a Half

A writer and artist, Allie’s humor relies as much on her images as her writing. Her “CLEAN ALL THE THINGS!” has become a propaganda-style poster for all new memes across the web. I absolutely cannot resist her story of how Kenny Loggins ruined Christmas.

It was finally time for Jesus to be born. Due to my incomplete understanding of childbirth, the scene involved Jesus being tossed across the room, as if in flight, and me running over to where he landed and acting really surprised to find him there.

Are you familiar with these women and their writing?

What funny girls have I left off the list?

I’d love to do a follow-up column with more of these gut-busting girls, so leave their URLs in the comments below!

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