Our beloved writer and stand-up comedian, Amy Poehler, turned 45 today! From becoming Tina Fey’s co-anchor on SNL’s Weekend Update to receiving her first Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series and six back-to-back Emmy nominations for Parks and Recreation, Amy Poehler has become one of the most funny and endearing TV characters we’ve ever had.

So, in honour of Amy Poehler’s birthday, let’s take a look at some of the funniest women in Hollywood.

Melissa McCarthy


One of the funniest performers in the business, this woman possesses the knack of cracking us up in no time. Think of Bridesmaids (2011) and you’ll know what we’re talking about. Of course, who can forget her role in Gilmore Girls, Mike & Molly and the rib-tickling comedy, Spy.

 Julia Dreyfus


She is one of the 100 most influential people, according to the annual Time 100 list and her breakthrough came in with Seinfeld, which was one of the most critically successful sitcoms of all time.

Amy Schumer


Best known for her fantastic writing and acting skills for Inside Amy Schumer, stand-up comedian Amy Schumer is the winner of the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series in the year 2015.  She also wrote and starred in Trainwreck, which received nominations for the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay and the Golden Globe Award for the Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical.

Tina Fey


Best known for her role in the hit sitcom 30 Rock, her rise to stardom actually began with Saturday Night Live (SNL) when she took over the world and created history by becoming the show’s first female head writer. Her other notable achievements include her absolutely fantastic role in her first feature film, Mean Girls and her first book, Bossypants.