Jay Leno may be retiring from The Tonight Show, and there’s been a ton of talk lately about who may or may not replace him. So far the front runner appears to be Jimmy Fallon, who we absolutely love. But why not any funny ladies in Leno’s seat?
We’ve rounded up some of our favorite hilarious femmes who we think could easily do as well, if not better, that the most famous chin in America. And believe us, there were a lot to pick from, and it was hard to narrow this list down. Our criteria to do so: Not only should she be funny, but she should be inspiring and a cheerleader for the rest of us–and obviously, she’d have to be able to be clean enough for network TV!
If anyone ever uses the whole “women aren’t funny” argument around you, feel free to whip out YouTube clips of these hysterical gals to shut them up immediately. And also know that they are ignorant and idiotic. Because they are. And now, with no further adieu, our favorite laughter-inducing ladies!
Tina Fey & Amy Poehler
Okay, okay–we know it’s two of them! But we’d love for them to co-host together, because we adore them both and both of their series, 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation, are ending soon. They’re hosting the Golden Globes together, so why not keep that ball rolling?
We’re obsessed with The Mindy Project and with Kelly Kapoor on The Office. Since the latter is coming to an end, why not fill some of that time with the same charm she used in her book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? She’s just so lovable aside from being funny. She’s real. We dig that here.
One of the most hilarious stand up comics around and just a generally nice person. You’ve probably seen and laughed really hard at Jessica on TV before–she’s been on every imaginable show a comic can nab a spot on–and it’s about time she got her own time to shine. You can check her out on YouTube, but you might want to grab a diaper first, because you may well pee your pants laughing.
You think Wanda Sykes would let celeb guests get away with anything? Think again. Aside from being super funny and not taking anyone’s crap, Wanda is fiercely smart and vocal about LGBT issues. We absolutely love her!
Joan Rivers was on the of the “permanent guest hosts” of The Tonight Show and an absolute pioneer for women in comedy. She paved the way for the rest of the females on this list! We doubt she’ll ever retire, but if she does, we’d love for it to be from one of the ultimate comedy benchmarks. Though she’s outspoken (she’s badmouthed Jay Leno himself, and we’re not a fan of the body shaming she occasionally does on Fashion Police), she’s necessary. She’s refreshing. And heck, she’s earned it.
Who’s your favorite funny lady? Who do you think should take over for Jay Leno on The Tonight Show? Do you have a favorite comedian? Tell us in the comments!