Maya Rudolph: The Funny Girl Next Door

Some funny women are supernovas--Kathy Griffin, Leslie Jones, late-1980s and early-1990s-era Roseanne—filling any space with their massive energy, leaving behind crater-sized imprints carved out by the force of their comedic audacity. I’m forever fascinated and a little terrified of these women. I want to know how they handily gut a room with laughter that scatters…

Jeanie Bueller Saves Herself

My friend Audrey and I often text silly GIFs and pop culture memes back and forth, trying to out gun one another on the GIF-draw with our speed and cleverness—the obscurer reference the better. It’s a small game that brings me a bit of joy I can wedge between myself and whatever latest development has…

Humor to the Rescue: Carrie Fisher

Happy days are here again The skies above are clear again So let’s sing a song of cheer again Happy days are here again! A recording of Carrie Fisher singing the song, “Happy Days Are Here Again” plays through the theater to open her 2010 one-woman show, Wishful Drinking, based on her best-selling book of…

BlackoutBestsellerList: Laugh, Learn, & Support These 5 Funny Black Authors

“There’s a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in,” wrote the poet and musician Leonard Cohen who knew his way around the darker alleys of our hearts and minds. No one said shifting the tide of more than four centuries of suffering and oppression would be like a Brady Bunch episode--the one where…