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Portable includes Natasha Leggero, June Raphael, Casey Wilson on list of "5 Rising Comediennes"

Portable September 17, 2013
5 Rising Comediennes You’ll Be Seeing More of Soon
by Alida Miranda-Wolff

People, I know you’ve already heard it screamed off metaphorical Internet rooftops a million times, but I’m going to say it anyway: this is the golden age of female comedy. Were there famous, talented funny ladies before Tina Fey and Julia Louis-Dreyfus? Obviously. But there weren’t as many landing development deals, making movies, or attracting boatloads of attention. It’s a good time to be a comedienne, especially if you’re one of the rising stars on this list.

Amy Schumer


June Diane Raphael
June Diane Raphael is currently the most employed female entertainer on the planet. Whether she’s parodying tough-girl CSI types on NTSF:SD:SUV, dreaming up insanely complicated storylines for bad movies on the hit podcast How Did This Get Made?, or calling herself “baby girl” as the hot mess bachelorette Julie Gristlewhite on Burning Love, Raphael is always working.

And it’s paying off. Her film Ass Backwards, which she wrote and stars in with BFF Casey Wilson, is coming out this November and is already picking up major buzz. She also just signed a deal to develop her latest project with Wilson, DINKS (Double Income, No Kids), with ABC. If that wasn’t enough, Raphael will have a guest-starring role as April Ludgate’s Eagleton doppelganger on the upcoming season of Parks and Rec. In other words, get ready for a lot more Miss June Diane.

Casey Wilson
You may recognize Casey Wilson from a two-season stint on Saturday Night Live or her role as Penny Hartz in the tragically (and probably illegally) cancelled Happy Endings, but like June Diane Raphael, the girl keeps busy.

When she’s not working on killer projects with Raphael like Ass Backwards and DINKS or sharing her inexplicable emotional investment in the Real Housewives series over Twitter, she’s dazzling the Comedy Bang! Bang! set with her beautiful singing voice. All this, and she’s also nabbed roles in upcoming films like Alia Shawkat’s Me Him Her and Stacy Sherman’s Claire’s Cambodia. Basically, get used to Wilson and her oversized noggin because you’re going to be seeing a lot more of them.

Natasha Leggero
Oh, Natasha. After a string of failed sitcoms (Free Agents, Are You There, Chelsea?) and a scene-stealing role as the foul-mouthed, over-sexed Haley on the beloved web series Burning Love, Natasha Leggero is finally getting her moment in the spotlight.

Leggero killed at the Comedy Central Roast of James Franco with gems like “Andy [Samberg’s] comedy group is called The Lonely Island, which is how each of his teeth feel,” and “Bill Hader, you are this generation’s Phil Hartman... hopefully.” Now, she’s getting her own web series, Tubbin’ with Tash, an insanely manic talk show set in a hot tub. With this project, a new gig as Ethel on the Comedy Central animated series Brickleberry, a role in the film Claire’s Cambodia, and some big standup spots later this year, it’s looking good for Leggero.