Top 11 Comedy Heroines: Kristen Schaal

02 . Kristen Schaal – you probably know her best as the character Mel from HBO’s Flight of the Conchords, or maybe as a sometimes-coorespondent at The Daily Show. But what you probably didn’t know is that Schaal recently wrote a book with her boyfriend; The Book of Sexy Sex, and has had a massive list of fantastic appearances in movies and TV shows.

Schaal was raised in Colorado, went to Northwestern, and first got noticed in a New York magazine article, “The Ten Funniest New Yorkers You’ve Never Heard of.” Every character she plays makes me bust a gut laughing – and her wide range of work shows that she’s not only a great comedian, but a great actress. Schaal’s Book of Sexy Sex, incredibly smart humor, and amazing body of work shows that funny girls can be a wonderful mix of sexy, smart, and funny. And at the end of the day, isn’t that the coolest thing?

Kristen Schaal Quotes

“[The most constructive way to address the disparity between the number of men and women in comedy is to] keep talking about it, definitely. I think more support for the women that are in comedy would be good. Giving props to people that are doing it right now, getting behind what they’re doing. Keep bringing it up in different places and definitely do that fight, but don’t tear each other down while you’re doing it because then you’ve got nothing left.”

“It’s not hard to be a woman in comedy as long as you’re also a writer. You have to create your opportunity. […] The more women sit down and write something in a woman’s voice for a woman, they more you’ll see women in comedy, because gender doesn’t define sense of humor. Imagination and intelligence and perspective do.”

“The first time I was on TV, on “Flight of the Conchords,” someone put up a YouTube clip and said, ‘You’re too ugly to be on TV.’ And I was like, ‘That is exactly why it’s a good thing that I’m on TV.'”


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AU Alumni, feminist, master of peanut butter brownies. Lover of Teddy Roosevelt, politics, analyzing popular culture, and general nerdery.

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