Here we are in January, officially the gloomiest month of the year! We at Ticket Squeeze love a good laugh, so we’ve picked out a handful of some of the most exciting female comics that are quickly rising through the ranks of comedy! Who said women can’t be funny?! Keep an eye on their tours this year and try catch them in action.
Dark, satirical, and dry as a Ritz cracker, Rosebud Baker is blowing up the scene right now. Her grandfather was Secretary of State for George W. Bush senior and her life has had its fair share of tragedy (grief, alcoholism, dysfunctional family life, anger issues), leaving her plenty of fodder for material. Fearless, vulnerable, and more than a little warped, Rosebud Baker is hot stuff. Baker hosts Devil’s Advocate, an All Things Comedy podcast, and will appear in the upcoming Hulu television series Life & Beth.
An award-winning stand-up comedian, author, writer, director, actor, singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, Lane Moore is a true polymath and hilarious person. Her stand-up comedy show Tinder Live was also called one of the best comedy shows in NYC by The New York Times, The Village Voice, Time Out, CBS, New York Magazine, Brooklyn Magazine, and HelloGiggles. As the writer of the #1 bestseller How To Be Alone: If You Want To And Even If You Don’t and former Sex & Relationships Editor for Cosmopolitan, her stand-up centers around hilarious observations about love, sex, and loneliness.
Known for her 6ft2 stature, Latinx identity, and her “signature shock of curly hair”, Marcella Arguelo’s comedy makes as strong an impression as the comic herself. Her debut album, The Woke Bully debuted at number three on the Billboard Comedy Charts and was named One Of The Best Comedy Albums of 2019 by NPR program Bullseye. She has appeared on numerous ‘To Watch’ lists and has made several high-profile appearances as a stand-up, including on Sarah Cooper’s Netflix special Everything’s Fine and on the second season of 2 Dope Queens on HBO as well as Night Train with Wyatt Cenac on STARZ.
A 2016 New Face of Comedy at the coveted Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, Jenny Zigrino is disarmingly sweet whilst still packing a mighty comedy punch. She has three Conan appearances to her name, as well as having featured on Adam Levine’s House Party on Comedy Central. Zigrino is the creator of comedy series Bad Ass Bitches of History, writing and starring in the Comedy Central Digital show.
With two Comedy Central specials, two albums, and guest appearances on Conan, Late Night with Seth Meyers, and The Late Late Show with James Corden under her belt, Emily Heller is hot property in the world of stand-up. She’s also an award-winner TV writer, having won Writers Guild of America Awards for Best New Series and Best Comedy Series for her work on the HBO series Barry. She has also received multiple Emmy, Golden Globe, and Producers’ Guild Award nominations. She co-hosts the long running podcast Baby Geniuses with Bojack Horseman’s Lisa Hanawalt.
Jes Tom describes themself as “gleefully providing the nonbinary queer Asian American radical cyborg perspective that everyone never knew they wanted”. The actor and stand-up has been featured in the Amazon/FunnyOrDie short Soojung Dreams of Fiji as well as Anatomy of an Orchid, and has performed comedy shows with Awkwafina, Kate Bornstein, Aparna Nancherla, and Rosie O’Donnell. Their comedy is quick, light, sharp, and occasionally filthy, and it’s clearly going to take them places.
Sardonic and jittery, Jo Firestone’s timing and command of a crowd is something to behold. She has worked as a writer on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, appearing in several sketches with Jimmy, and most notably portraying U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. She has appeared in the TV programs Search Party, The Jim Gaffigan Show, Broad City, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, CollegeHumor Originals, Boy Band, The Outs, Night Train with Wyatt Cenac, Animal Agent, High Maintenance, Jon Glaser Loves Gear, Thanksgiving, The Special Without Brett Davis, Shrill, and others.
Don’t let her dorky vibes fool you, Ayo Edebiri is working hard on the comedy scene. The writer, actress, and stand-up was lauded for her set on Comedy Central’s Up Next, leading to her scripted digital series with Rachel Sennot, Ayo and Rachel Are Single, airing on the network in May 2020. As a TV writer, she wrote for The Rundown with Robin Thede and NBC’s Sunnyside before moving to Netflix’s Big Mouth, where she also became the voice of the character Missy, taking over from Jenny Slate in 2020. Edebiri also co-hosts a podcast called Iconography with Olivia Craighead.
Intelligent, fun, and joyfully unaffected, Caitlin Gill’s comedy comes from her ability to just be her own goddamn self. As a stand-up, she was voted Best Comedian by the East Bay Express and named one of TimeOut LA’s 2018 Comics to Watch, as well as formerly running the hugely popular Crabapples, with Bobcat Goldthwait at the Hollywood Improv in L.A. She has written for Bobcat Goldthwait’s Misfits & Monsters (TruTv), Hidden America with Jonah Ray, and Take My Wife (Seeso).
In 2012, Puerto Rican actress, comedian, and writer Gina Brillon became the first Latina winner of NBC’s Stand up for Diversity Showcase. She has since made appearances on America’s Got Talent, HBO Max’s HA Festival: The Art of Comedy, Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, E!’s Chelsea Lately, The View, Late Night with Seth Meyers and Jimmy Kimmel Live. Brillon has released two Amazon Prime comedy specials: Pacifically Speaking and The Floor is Lava, the latter of which won a 2021 Gracie Award and is nominated for an Imagen Award.