Funny Ladies.

As a news junkie, I voraciously consume stories in newspapers, TV news segments, talk radio shows and content on news/commentary web sites. Most of what I’ve been reading and hearing in recent weeks, to be honest, has been downright depressing. (Makes me wonder if the makers of depression and antacid medications are doing well in this kind of market. They must be making money hand over fist.)

 

Even the ever-chipper Brian Williams, anchor of NBC’s Nightly News, was so desperate for positive news that he asked viewers to e-mail him feel-good stories about people doing wonderful, thoughtful deeds for their fellow citizens. Though watching Jon Stewart give CNBC and its star financial analyst Jim Cramer a vivisection on The Daily Show makes me chuckle through my tears, I -- normally a fan of news and heavy, think-y dramatic fare -- have found myself craving more light in my TV programming to balance out all this dark.

 

As I was coming to the realization that I wanted to watch more comedies, I spotted an article in the April issue of Marie Claire about America’s female comedians saying that “funny women are having a moment.” I thought, “The timing couldn’t be better.”

 

The American funny woman du jour, is, of course, the Emmy and Golden Globe winning Tina Fey, she of the smart-gal specs and quick wit. The Saturday Night Live alum topped many end-of-the-year lists as one of 2008’s top entertainers, particularly for her spot-on Sarah Palin impersonations that helped make SNL a must-see component of the 2008 election season. Her sitcom 30 Rock has cleaned up at most major awards ceremonies and her movie, Baby Mama fared well at the box office. The kooky cleverness that is Fey’s Liz Lemon has made the show a bright spot in my week. Whether Liz Lemon is dressing up as Princess Leia and toting old issues of Playgirl Magazine in a vain attempt to get out of jury duty, stalking and befriending a single pregnant teen she met at a doughnut shop in the hopes of adopting her baby, or accidentally giving Jon Hamm (actually his character Dr. Drew) a roofie, 30 Rock has been a welcome distraction from the Dow and the latest unemployment numbers.