In the introduction to The League of Extraordinarily Funny Women, author Sheila Moeschen informs readers that in 1916, the El Paso Herald ran a headline proclaiming, "Women's Sense of Humor Is Steadily Developing." A hundred years later, there's ample evidence the female sense of humor is alive and well. Funny Women is a compendium of 50 trailblazers--each spotlighted with an illustrated portrait and short bio--who have changed the face of comedy throughout the past century.
With categories like "Snarky, Sassy, Super Smarties" and "Magnificent, Marvelous, Mighty Misfits," the list is inclusive, with longstanding favorites like Joan Rivers, Nora Ephron and Carol Burnett mingling with more recent stars such as Tig Notaro and Maysoon Zayid. And it's heartening to see many diverse personalities, including Ali Wong, Nasim Pedrad, Margaret Cho and Wanda Sykes. Comedy might be hard, but these women make it look easy. --Elyse Dinh-McCrillis, blogger at Pop Culture Nerd