It Takes Two: Comedy’s Hottest Duos Are All Ladies

Double the talent, double the fun: we’re celebrating our favourite female comedy teams and dreaming up some pairings we think would kill it

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Inside Out: Mindy Kaling and Amy Poehler
Inside Out, a film about a tween’s feelings (so.many.feelings), earned raves at the Cannes Film Festival, and Amy and Mindy are out promoting Pixar’s newest animated feature like straight-up bosses. In her book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, Kaling had high praise for Poehler’s professional kindness, and in this Vulture interview they rescue one another from awkward questions and share their thoughts on the generosity of collaboration.

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Spy: Melissa McCarthy and Rose Byrne
The Bridesmaids duo reunite to play a CIA field agent (McCarthy) and a Bulgarian arms dealer (Byrne) in Paul Feig’s hit. Spy was a much-needed win for Melissa McCarthy and for female summer comedies in general. Yes, The Heat and Bridesmaids made a ton of money, but studios often brush off these successes as a fluke. But $30-million openings make female-driven success stories harder to dismiss. Spy dominated Entourage at the box office–how do you like them apples?

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Broad City: Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer
Broad City (produced by Amy Poehler, natch) delves into the city life of two young, broke and awesomely imperfect women in New York City. Our love for Ilana and Abbi is no secret, and they continue to churn out hilarious, provocative and irreverent humour. They also introduced “pegging” to the mainstream vernacular. YAAAAASSSSSSSS.

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The dream hosts: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler
If Pulitzer prizes could be given to award show one-liners, “And now, like a supermodel’s vagina, let’s all give a warm welcome to Leonardo DiCaprio” would certainly win. Tina and Amy hosted the Golden Globe Awards three glorious times, taking on Hollywood’s most embarrassing moments, like the Sony hacking scandal, with warmth, wit and just the right amount of snark. While we’re sad to see their tenure at the Globes come to a voluntary end, we can’t help but hope… Oscars?

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Wishful thinking…

Amy Schumer and Lena Dunham
In a recent comedy actress roundtable for The Hollywood Reporter, Amy said to Lena, “I would love to eat you out. Is that OK? When this is over. Right after?” If that is a genuine sentiment, could collaborating on a project be that far off? Both women head up shows with a singular voice, and both are constantly challenging the status quo, whether it’s the idea that they are not pretty or thin enough for magazine covers or that feminism can’t be funny.

Sarah Silverman and Margaret Cho
If comedy is a block, Sarah Silverman and Margaret Cho have been around it more than a few times. Working their way up in unforgiving (and sometimes straight-up hostile) comedy clubs, both women have starred in their own TV shows and gleefully riff on un-PC topics like racism, sexism, ageism and homophobia. And it’s not just about the punch line; Margaret and Sarah both support LGBTQ rights, pro-choice organizations and immigration reform.

Jenny Slate and Maya Rudolph
Jenny and Maya are both smart and creative and sometimes transition into more serious territory, so their project could be anything from a cool indie film to a network variety show. Both have also mastered off-the-wall diva bits–Jenny Slate as Mona Lisa on Parks & Recreation and Maya Rudolph as Beyoncé and Donatella on SNL–which has us thinking they need to play Posh and Scary in the Spice Girls biopic we just wrote in our heads.

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