2016 has been a trying year for most of us. Brexit, the divisive US elections, the war in Syria, ISIS, and Zika have caused a great deal anxiety, distress, and in some cases hopelessness. We can all agree that we need a laugh – a hearty, deep laugh that makes your abs hurt. Thankfully I’ve compiled a short list to laugh your winter blues all the way into the new year. The best part is these are all comedies that are either starring, created, produced and/or written by women. One good thing about this year was proof that women are hilarious – just another notch on belt of many talents.
Insecure (HBO) This breakout comedy created by and starring Issa Rae is loosely inspired by her webseries “Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl”. It explores the highs and lows of two 20-something best friends in their careers and love lives.
Veep (HBO) Julia Louis-Dreyfus stars and produces this smart, outrageous political satire which probably would have had more relevance had Hillary Rodham-Clinton won the election. Nevertheless, it’s worth a watch and for Hillary supporters it could be just the release you need.
Jane the Virgin (CW) Starring Gina Rodriguez and created by Jennie Snyder Urman, this bilingual, self-aware satirical telenovela is always a good time with unbelievable plot lines and gorgeous men holding babies in almost every episode.
Chewing Gum (Netflix) Michaela Coel created, wrote, and stars in this slapstick comedy about a 24-year old virgin who grows up in a strict, religious household who has a change of heart and sets out to lose her virginity and explore her suppressed sexuality.
Ali Wong: Baby Cobra (Netflix) Ali Wong is a stand-up comedian and writer on Fresh off the Boat who does stand-up while she’s very pregnant because well, she’ll explain…
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix) Created by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt follows 29-year old Kimmy who was abducted by a cult leader and after being rescued strikes out on her own in NYC with her fabulous roommate, Titus Andromedon, and her eccentric landlord.