The Happy Trail

Laugh through Women’s History Month with these comedians

By Nayla Lee

Web Content Queens
Beth Newell and Sarah Pappalardo

The co-founders of Reductress (I like to describe it as the feminist version of The Onion) are the reason I don’t turn in my homework on time. This dynamic pairing founded the site in 2013 in 2013, and have since published a book and started a podcast. If you only have a quick minute to fill, usually just reading the titles of articles is enough for a quick chuckle. Check out “5 Mud Masks That Will Make You Feel Like a Luxurious Little Farm Pig” and “I Just Don’t Understand Why Black Women Who Have to Constantly Justify Their Humanity Are So Angry All the Time.”

Honorable Mention: Kate Peterman and Kelsey Darragh. Say what you will about Buzzfeed, but I look forward to their podcast “Adult Sh1t” every week.

Best Friendship Duo
Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson

Jessica and Phoebe’s podcast (and live show) “2 Dope Queens” puts their friendship front and center. They feature little-known and big-name comedians, broken up by their onstage chit-chat about everything from butt sex to politics their flourishing careers to their families. Their on- and off-stage relationship is loving, supportive, and honest, and an amazing model of young women who truly work to help each other shine.

Honorable Mention: Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson. Sometimes their parodied characters on “Broad City” hit a little too close to home, but the overall message of friendship always prevails.

Social Media Up-and-Comer
Aparna Nancherla

Although she recently became a series of Comedy Central’s “Corporate,” I discovered her when all of my favorite entertainment industry feminists started retweeting her. Her posts are timely, concise and conscious. In 2016, her debut comedy album “Just Putting it Out There” was released on Tig Notaro’s label. You can listen to it on Spotify or buy it with real dollars. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @aparnapkin.

Honorable Mention: Mara Wilson. You probably know her as Matilda (of the movie “Matilda”). Follow her for her retweets alone, but stay for her dry analysis of pop culture.

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