Unsung Women of Comedy

by producedthis | created - 11 Oct 2011 | updated - 26 Nov 2011 | Public

An incomplete list, in no particular order, of extremely funny, talented women, whose names we should all know well.

1. Edi Patterson

Actress | Vice Principals

Edi grew up in Texas and lives in Los Angeles. She is a Groundlings Main Company member, and regularly performs there in improv and sketch comedy shows. She is also a member of improvisational theatre company Impro Theatre, which performs full-length, completely improvised plays. Edi likes fun and ...

2. Lindsay Hollister

Actress | Get Smart

After Graduating with a B.F.A in Theatre Performance from Miami University of Ohio, Lindsay moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film and television. Almost a year later, she was cast as Christine Banks in Fox's hit show Boston Public and was submitted for Emmy consideration in the category ...

3. Daniele Gaither

Actress | The Thundermans

Daniele Gaither was born on September 6, 1970 in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA. She is an actress, known for The Thundermans (2013), The Rerun Show (2002) and Greek (2007).

4. Beth Crosby

Actress | Jessica and Hunter

Beth Crosby is a Groundlings Sunday Company Alumni and Carnegie Mellon School of Drama Graduate. She's an LA based actress/writer best known as the co-creator of the hit web-series "Jessica and Hunter"(NewNowNext Award Nominee). Her viral videos have garnered millions of views and have been ...

5. Susan Yeagley

Actress | Almost Famous

Susan Yeagley was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. She began acting at age ten when she appeared in an Amy Grant music video.

She graduated from USC Film School with honors and went on to become a member of the prestigious 'Sunday Company - Groundlings Improv Group' where she performed ...

6. Beth Shea

Actress | A Christmas Wedding Tail

Originally from Stamford, CT, Beth Shea graduated from the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC before moving to L.A. to pursue acting. Beth is the co-founder of Hall of Shea Productions with Leigh Hall. Together they have written, produced, and starred in acclaimed films such as Not in My ...

7. Suzy Nakamura

Actress | Dr. Ken

Suzy Nakamura was born on December 2, 1973 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. She is an actress and producer, known for Dr. Ken (2015), Horrible Bosses 2 (2014) and Modern Family (2009). She has been married to Harry Hannigan since October 6, 2012.

8. Holly Mandel

Actress | Showtime

Holly Mandel is known for her work on Showtime (2002), Bug (2002) and Spin City (1996).

9. Mary Jo Smith

Actress | One Night at McCool's

Mary Jo Smith is an actress and producer, known for One Night at McCool's (2001), Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999) and Thank You for Smoking (2005).

10. Carrie Seim

Actress | 7 Deadly Hollywood Sins

Carrie Seim is an actress and writer, known for 7 Deadly Hollywood Sins (2006), Mr. Tricker's Treat (2011) and Nickelodeon's Sizzling Summer Camp Special (2017).

11. Annie Sertich

Actress | Silicon Valley

Annie is a main company member of the famed Groundlings Theater in Los Angeles, California, where she writes, performs and directs regularly. Her one act play, 'How To Not Kill Yourself for 30 Days...and the Next 330' directed by Michaela Watkins, is enjoying sold out runs in LA and NY. Annie is ...

13. Mary Gross

Actress | 40 Days and 40 Nights

Mary Gross was born March 25, 1953 in Chicago, Illinois, to Virginia Ruth and William Oscar Gross. She is often associated with her run on Saturday Night Live (1975), from 1981-85, and other characters she plays on television and film including, Janis Zuckerman in Feds (1988), Annie Herman in Troop...

14. Rachael Drummond

Actress | Speechless

Rachael Drummond is an actress and producer, known for Speechless (2016), Great News (2017) and Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2013).

15. Leigh Hall

Actress | Not in My Family

Leigh is the daughter of an Air Force Colonel, and she spent most of her "formative" years overseas: her family moved from Turkey, to the Philippines, to Germany, to Greece, and back to Germany, all before she was 18. She received a B.A. from Princeton University, where she studied Theater and Art ...

16. Colleen Crabtree

Actress | I Love You, Man

Colleen Crabtree is an actress and writer, known for I Love You, Man (2009), Opposite Day (2009) and Shuffle (2011). She has been married to Dan Rothenberg since October 25, 2001. They have one child.

17. Jen Parker

Actress | ACME Saturday Night

Jen Parker is an actress and writer, known for ACME Saturday Night (2009), Hollywood Saturday Night (2012) and Dark Reality (2006).

18. Amy Kidd

Actress | Must Love Dogs

Amy Kidd is an actress, known for Must Love Dogs (2005), Arrested Development (2003) and Up All Night (2011).

19. Johanna Parker

Actress | Growing Up Fisher

Johanna was born and raised in upstate New York. She started out as a ballet dancer and trained for over 8 years where she discovered her love of the stage and she decided to switch gears. She received her BFA in acting from Syracuse University, and then moved to New York City where she worked as a...

20. Michelle Davidson

Actress | House of Cards

Michelle Davidson was born in St. Louis, Missouri. She graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism. Michelle is known for TV roles in "House of Cards" (Netflix) "Halt and Catch Fire" (AMC) and "Boss" (Starz). Her feature film credits include "Lucky," "Last Ounce of Courage" and "...

21. Nicol Paone

Actress | The Heartbreak Kid

Nicol Paone was born on March 11, 1971 in New Jersey, USA. She is an actress and writer, known for The Heartbreak Kid (2007), Eagle Eye (2008) and This Is 40 (2012).

22. Naomi Grossman

Actress | American Horror Story

Naomi Grossman is best known for her portrayal of "Pepper" in "American Horror Story" Previously, she wrote, produced, and starred in her second hit solo show, "Carnival Knowledge: Love, Lust, and other Human Oddities," which enjoyed a twice-extended, sold-out run and rave reviews ("Recommended" by...

23. Fortune Feimster

Actress | Office Christmas Party

Fortune Feimster, the Southern comic who hails from North Carolina, has been making quite a name for herself as an actor, stand-up comedian, and writer since moving to Los Angeles in 2003. In fact, Variety named Fortune one of their "Top 10 Comics to Watch" in 2014, and she has been reaching new ...

24. Lisa Sundstedt

Actress | Infamous

Lisa's first professional gig was singing and dancing at the Hyatt Hotel in Casablanca, Morocco for the crowned Prince of Saudia Arabia's son and his 15 body guards. She then landed a 6 month gig at Tokyo Disneyland in Japan, spent another few months singing on an Italian cruise ship, followed by ...

25. Shanna Micko

Actress | Leaving Bliss

Shanna Micko is an actress and writer, known for Leaving Bliss (2009), Threshold (2013) and Out of Mind (2013).

26. Kate Gilligan

Actress | Wedding Band

Kate Gilligan was born in Brooklyn, New York and understood from an early age that acting would be her life. She took lessons from childhood culminating in a BFA from Ithaca College. She has since worked onstage and in television.

Gilligan has the polished beauty, presence and diction of a television...

27. Porter Kelly

Actress | The Office

Porter was born in Los Angeles and lived in Temple City, California as a young child. She moved to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan at age 8. She grew up on a river just outside Escanaba, Michigan, where she spent her childhood catching frogs, climbing trees, and raising prize-winning goats and ...

28. Jeannie Roshar

Writer | Sometimes Pretty Girls

Jeannie Roshar is a writer and director, known for Sometimes Pretty Girls (2011), Bun in the Oven 2: The Rebirth (2014) and Small Hand (2012).

29. Kim Evey

Producer | Gorgeous Tiny Chicken Machine Show

Kim Evey was born in South Korea and was adopted by a family in the United States at age one; after living in various U.S. cities, the family settled in Albuquerque, New Mexico. From acting in high school, she moved into improvisational theater in college, eventually establishing the Seattle improv...

30. Jessica Chaffin

Actress | The Heat

Jessica Chaffin is an actress and writer, known for The Heat (2013), Spy (2015) and Good Will Hunting (1997).



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