It seems like just last week, the interwebs was all in a tizzy, wondering if pretty comedians need to pretend to be ugly to succeed. Luckily, Nerve.com’s 10 Sexiest Women in Comedy came to rescue to loudly proclaim, “What, are you kidding? This is entertainment, we want sexy, dammit!” See for example how many search terms about Amy Schumer have to do with her various body parts.
As always, Top 10 lists infuriate as much as they entertain and the comments thread shows a good handful of suggestions that Nerve.com might have unjustly overlooked – most notably and repeatedly Natasha Leggero. But what’s more interesting about the comments section is what’s missing. There’s no feminist outrage, which is surprising given how combustible this topic tends to get.
But a good look at this well-curated list shows there’s really no reason for it. While you can’t deny the lists’s #1 hottie Aisha Tyler is a bombshell before she even opens her mouth, she’s got the chops to back it up and all of the women on the list are sexy because of their talent and attitude as much as their pretty faces.
The list is packed with fiercely outspoken women like Jen Kirkman and Margaret Cho as well as quirky gals who embrace their inner oddballs like Maria Bamford and Melissa Villasenor. The list is exactly who you should want your daughter to grow up to be… except you should never, ever want your daughter to grow up to be a comedian.
But that’s our take. Who do you think is missing from the list? Or are you offended by the list’s mere existence?
About the Author: Amy Hawthorne is an LA-based stand-up and writer and the founder of ComedyGroupie.com. She is convinced that the food industry is being unduly influenced by Big Avocado.