The Case for Why Julia Louis-Dreyfus is the Most Under-Appreciated Female Comedian on TV

Can we state the obvious for a second? Julia Louis-Dreyfus is hilarious. But when we talk about funny ladies, she’s often overlooked. And this seriously needs to change!

Who comes to mind when you think about women in comedy? Probably Tina Fey or Amy Poehler, Melissa McCarthy or Amy Schumer, or perhaps Kristen Wiig or Maya Rudolph. There’s no doubt that all these women are hilarious and amazing, but doesn’t Julia deserve to be at the top of that last as well? To be one of the first names to roll off your tongue?

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Julia has been hilarious since her days as a cast member on SNL — can you even remember that far back?

And as Elaine Benes, Julia killed every scene, from her physical humor to her delivery. She stars in perhaps some of the most memorable moments of Seinfeld including her little kicks, her “Maybe the dingo ate your baby” line, pulling George Costanza’s toupee off and throwing it out the window, trying to keep her cool around John Kennedy Jr. to remain queen of her domain, and so much more.

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Her following show The New Old Christine, while short-lived, was full of wit and charm and comedy. And now on her current show Veep, Julia stuns as the bitchy, demanding, and demeaning President Selina Meyers. She commands the screen in every scene and we never stop laughing at Selina’s ridiculousness that knows no bounds.

Everything she does is nothing short of amazing, including her appearance on Arrested Development and the recreation of her Seinfeld kiss with Bryan Cranston. It’s a disgrace that we don’t obsess about her every day!

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So while we’re thrilled that so many funny ladies are filling the TV, movie screens, and our news feeds, we wouldn’t mind a little more Julia Louis-Dreyfus in our lives. And by a little, we mean a lot.


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Lena Finkel
Lena Finkel is the Editor and Founder of Femestella. Prior to starting Femestella, she worked at People, InStyle, Tiger Beat, and Sesame Workshop (aka Sesame Street). She loves all things Real Housewives and Vanderpump Rules. When she's not busy binge-watching TV, you can find her hanging out with her tuxedo cat Tom.