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September 29, 2012

Weekend Reviews: The funniest ladies of the fall

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---- — Now I know what you all are thinking: "How is Maggie going to write a column all about how funny she is? Isn’t that biased?" But, despite how hysterical I know you all think I am, this month’s column is, in fact, not about my incredible wit and sarcasm (sorry to disappoint). 

Actually, I decided to base this article on the subject of funny women. Yes, believe it or not, women can be funny. I know, I was surprised too. This past year was definitely dominated by women in the entertainment industry and this fall will be no different. 

Therefore, I have compiled a list of the fall’s funniest women to be on the lookout for.

The first lady had a small role in 2011’s "Bridesmaids," but no doubt made her presence known as the crazy sister of Kristen Wiig’s roommate. Australian actress Rebel Wilson also appeared in the star-studded "What to Expect When You’re Expecting" and the summer’s "Ice Age: Continental Drift" and is also appearing in two films out this fall. 

The first movie, "Bachelorette," features a cast with the likes of Kirsten Dunst, James Marsden, Lizzy Caplan from "Mean Girls," Adam Scott from "Step Brothers," and Isla Fisher from "Wedding Crashers." With all of these great talents combined with Wilson’s uncanny comedic timing, you would think that this movie would be a home-run, with the premise close to a female "Hangover."

However, I was sorely disappointed by this movie, with predictable plot lines and dialogue that was sub-par. It almost seemed that the screenwriter thought that by adding copious amounts of swearing the audience would be overcome by laughter. Not the case. Not even Wilson could save this, because her signature thick Australian accent was dropped for the movie and she was stuck with an underwhelming American accent. 

But Wilson’s fall was undoubtedly saved by her next film, "Pitch Perfect," also starring Anna Kendrick and Brittany Snow. The movie follows an all-female a cappella group that tries to revamp its image to win a competition against a boys’ group. 

Wilson stars as Amy, or as she calls herself, “Fat Amy” (“So skinny twigs like you don’t do it behind my back”). Throughout the film, Wilson spits one wisecrack after another, adding the comedic relief to the movie, which is also chock-full of great musical numbers.

The next funny lady is actually one that I wrote about last spring. Mindy Kaling, who was on "The Office" and wrote the great memoir "Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?" is now starring in her very own sitcom, "The Mindy Project." 

The show, broadcast on Fox, centers on a single OB/GYN, played by Kaling, who tries to find love in spite of her unique personality. The show, which is also written by Kaling, is sure to bring a lot of laughs to "Office" fans and newcomers as well. 

The newest season of NBC’s wildly popular show "30 Rock" is also set to be its last. As saddening as this news is, I am positive that this season will be as hysterical as every other before it. The season is set to have 13 or 14 episodes and the final episode will run for one hour. 

With the show’s end many people have begun to wonder what the show’s star, Tina Fey, will be doing next. While she is set to star in a new dramedy titled "Admission," Fey has not announced any new projects.

The fall season in television and film is sure to be a great time with these women and others leading to way to a good time. Be sure to keep an eye out for these ladies’ next projects, as they will no doubt be just as well done as their current ones.

Maggie McVey, a 2012 graduate of Oneonta High School, is a freshman at the State University College at Plattsburgh. 'Teen Talk' columns can be found at