213. Who’s Funniest?

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(credit: Paul Drinkwater)

Rolling Stone just released their list of the 50 Funniest People Now. Some of my favorites made the cut (Mindy Kaling, Aziz Ansari, John Mulaney, Melissa McCarthy). This led me to realize that the Ellen’s and Rosie’s of the world are being pushed out for more quirky, character-type comedians. Take Lena Dunham. Would she have had the same success twenty years ago? Thank God for Kristen Wiig and the Portlandia duo Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein. They’ve led us into a new era of comedy. An era that I hope sticks around for a while.

*Note to self: Call Rachel Dratch and Amy Sedaris. Ask them if they want to make a digital short called On The Rocks. We could sip chilled Patron while discussing today’s biggest issues. Like why they didn’t make the Rolling Stone list. Did I mention we shot the promo already?

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73. Who needs the Oscars?

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When there’s the 2012 Writers Guild Awards: East!   SNL alum, Rachel Dratch, hosted the event while other hilarious comics, directors, and writers (such as Jimmy Fallon, Tina Fey, and Judd Apatow) were there to liven things up.  Granted, the broadcast already happened but I’d rather watch re-runs of that than this year’s Oscars.  The only reason I’m tuning in is to see if Bridesmaids wins for Best Original Screenplay and Melissa McCarthy for Best Supporting Actress.  Other than that, I don’t think I’ve seen a single film that’s up for a nomination this year.  The Descendants?  Really, Academy?  I think you just love George Clooney.  Well, then again, who doesn’t.  Speaking of Clooney, don’t you think my Uncle Jimmy looks just like him?  Sometimes when I introduce him to people I say, “This is my Uncle George, uh, I mean Jimmy.”

(Here were are in Central Park last February. Doesn't he look like he's holding a script? So Clooney.)

37. (Another) another another reason I want to be a comedy writer: Because of Melissa McCarthy

She and her fellow castmates, Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph, decided to share their favorite drinking game with viewers last night during the SAG awards.  These ladies are always thinking and now they’ve got Scorsese’s attention.  Genius.

23. (Another) another reason I want to be a comedy writer: Because of Melissa McCarthy

For my previous reason please see #15. Just wanted to add a:

(The cast of Bridesmaids, From left: Melissa McCarthy, Ellie Kemper, Rose Bryne, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Maya Rudolph, Kristen Wiig, credit: Huffingtonpost.com)

*Side note: Melissa McCarthy can now introduce herself as “Academy Award Nominee Melissa McCarthy” because she was just nominated for an OSCAR for Best Supporting Actress in Bridesmaids! I know I would introduce myself that way if I were her. No matter who asked me:

“What’s your name, Miss?”

I’d always answer with:

“Oh, it’s Academy Award Nominee Melissa McCarthy. That’s capital A-”

It makes for a longer autograph (and possibly more wrist injuries) but, hey, that’s the price you pay.

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Also wanted to give a shout out to Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo for their nod for Best Original Screenplay. Not bad for a duo who’s never written a screenplay together!

15. Another reason I want to be a comedy writer: Because of Melissa McCarthy.

(Here she is nagging her real life husband about “Taking the first watch”)

This funny lady has been inspiring me for years, ever since I saw her at The Groundlings Improv Theatre in Los Angeles.  She’s been tickling us with her humor for over a decade with such characters as Sookie in Gilmore Girls (definitely not the same Suki as in True Blood), the lovable Dena in Samantha Who?, and, of course, as Megan in the hit film Bridesmaids.  It looks like roping her husband into the business has turned out for the best!

Melissa McCarthy Sells Second TV Comedy in Four Months

Melissa McCarthy arrives for the 17th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards at the Hollywood Palladium in Hollywood, California January 12, 2012.  AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

Are you ready for Melissa McCarthy to dominate CBS’s comedy lineup as hard as she rocked the entirety of last year? The Mike & Molly star just sold her second half-hour show to the network, a sitcom THR says revolves around a 37-year-old man living with his parents. This follows McCarthy’s September sale of a half-hour comedy project about a mid-40s woman in a midlife crisis. Both shows were co-written by McCarthy’s husband and Bridesmaids co-star Ben “Air Marshall Jon” Falcone. We’re thisclose to devoting a significant amount of every day toward merrily cheerleading for Melissa McCarthy.