It’s perfectly reasonable to want to escape with a laugh from these harrowing and bleak times. Escapism is *so hot* right now.
Just like maintaining a healthy news diet (see: Free Ways To Stay Woke), maintaining a healthy comedy diet is super easy if you know the right people to pay attention to. Twitter is only salvageable from itself with humor.
Being funny is hard, but easier with inspiration. I’m here to help you escape with these funny ass people that deserve some attention.
Bridget Everett – @bridgereverett
Bridget Everett is unlike any other comic. She typically jumps into the audience so the crowd can motorboat her, because why not? Everett has appearanced on a lot of things: Inside Amy Schumer, Trainwreck and The Tonight Show.
There is something to be said for her extreme confidence and femininity. She’s known around New York’s alternative comedy and Cabaret scene. Surely, you’ll see why all eyes are on her. If you’re watching this at work, maybe wear some headphones (NSFW).
Additionally, here’s a way you can help out Vegas victims.
Lena Waithe – @LenaWaithe
Waithe is a writer and actress in Aziz Ansari’s Master Of None. She recently just won an Emmy for the Thanksgiving episode of the series she wrote. In the episode, her character Denise comes out to her black mother in a powerful moment. However, if you’re not caught up on Master of None, it’s okay, this episode is a stand alone!
Rachel Bloom – @racheldoestuff
Next is the star and EP of Crazy Ex Girlfriend, which airs Fridays at 8 on The CW. I’ve professed my love for feminist-humor-queen many many times and each time she has validated my feelings with a favorite from her own hilarious Twitter.
Also, a way you can help out Puerto Rico.
Tiffany Haddish – @tiffanyhaddish
Then, there’s Haddish, a funny as hell comedian and actress from Girls Trip, Keanu, and from what I recall, an appearance as a high bailiff on Doug Benson’s show, The High Court. You’ve probably seen her infamous Kimmel interview where she exposes Jada Pinkett Smith for not knowing what a Groupon is, but just in case, I’ll link it here.
Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson – @ilazer and @abbijacobson
These Broad City kwanes are the dominate force on Comedy Central right now, and I’m so sad I only JUST got into Broad City. The two so relevantly describes the struggling female experience with nature’s pocket, struggling to make ends meet, and enablin’ BFFs.
Patti Harrison – @Party_Harrison
You may recognize her from her hilarious Tonight Show speech following D*n*** T***p’s transgender military ban, but since then Patti has been soaring. She’s a trans WoC satirist who loves nonsense. Recently, both the Rolling Stone and Vice’s I-D have named her the trans comedian we desperately need right now. Have a look for yourself why.
An easy guide for contacting your reps about gun control, if you’re into that kind of thing.
Aparna Nancherla – @aparnapkin
Aparna is a comedian from New York and a queen of Twitter. Her observational comedy is amazing. Nancherla has written for Late Night with Seth Meyers, and her comedy album is called, Just Putting It Out There.
whenever my gmail says "trying to reconnect", i think "aren't we all, gmail, aren't we all"
— Aparna Nancherla (@aparnapkin) October 16, 2017
Some honorable MENtions:
Also, some reading to consider: How To Be A Male Ally To Sexual Assault Survivors.
Hannibal Buress – @hannibalburess
I can’t mention Broad City without Hannibal. One of the funniest people, Buress is known for his standup, Broad City, his friendship with Eric Andre (another hilarious person) and also for his role in the take down of rapist, Bill Cosby.
Demi Adejuyibe – @electrolemon
Next, Demi was a viner and is a hilarious comedy writer for NBC’s The Good Place. He also hosted a Gilmore Girls based podcast, called Gilmore Guys, within the past year.
Writer. Thinker. 1st Amendment Protector. Proudly Anti-PC. (Sorry, College Libs.) I Will Punch Any Athlete Who Kneels At My Wife, The Flag
— demi adejuyigbe (@electrolemon) September 23, 2017
Jonny Sun – @jomnysun
Following is Jonny Sun, the author Everyone’s a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too and a Twitter necessity. His cutely misspelled tweets are sometimes the perfect antidote to a gloomy day.
me, texting crush: [6:14pm] hi
crush: [7:10pm] what
me, later, to friends: WE TALKED FOR LIKE AN HOUR
— heeeere's jomny sun (@jonnysun) September 25, 2017
Lastly, loml, Bo Burnham – @boburnham
I could write an entire blog dedicated to this man and his influence on my life comically. Awkwardly, I once asked a boy to a dance with a Bo Burnham quote, which either makes me really lame or really cool (the jury’s out!)
Anyways, Bo is a comedian, artist, poet, tall gangly man who is strangely more attractive in person than I thought. Burnham jokes about his catholic upbringing, depression, and what’s expected of him. So you can imagine, he is right up my anxious alley!
From his most recent tour, Make Happy, here’s a great song to put some things in perspective:
I know, the road looks tough ahead.