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These Four Comedians Are Giving Me Life

Leslie Jones

I mean it when I say: Thank goodness for comedians. Along with books and coffee (and the occasional walk) the levity of hilarious humans is one of the things getting me through these strange, snowy days. Here are four current favorites, and I’d love to hear yours…

Last weekend, I stumbled across comedian Matthew Friend and got lost in his amazing impressions. There’s Michael Bublé announcing new music, Rami Malek drinking coffee, or his series of celebrities putting on face masks, including Howard Stern , John Oliver, and my personal favorite, Jeff Goldblum. (To which Goldblum himself replied, “Accurate.”)

SNL cast member Chloe Fineman’s feed is arguably even funnier than the show. Her impressions of celebrities like Drew Barrymore and Reese Witherspoon are spot on, but it’s her take on pop culture figures, like Daphne Bridgerton, and Gillian-Anderson-as-Margaret-Thatcher in the The Crown (that perfect throaty voice!) that really get me.

My colleague Kim alerted me to the wonderful Ceara O’Sullivan, who offers takes on everything from various milks to the HR lady who stops by your office every Friday. But her impressions of her mom are not to be missed, like her first visit to Chipotle, the way she enters the room at 7 a.m. whenever Ceara visits home, or how to use the TV remotes.

We all know Leslie Jones from her many roles and her time on SNL. But her Instagram makes the world we currently inhabit, from politics to memes to TV shows, a whole lot funnier. I adore her running commentary on the news, recently singing MSNBC’s Nicole Wallace a happy birthday song, or dissecting the rooms behind commentators, like a corner with candles, built-in bookcases and evening pearls. When I hear my neighbor’s TV through the wall, I like to imagine what it would be like to be Leslie’s neighbor instead. One can dream.

Who are your favorite comedians? Which accounts have made you laugh recently? Please share!

P.S. Four more hilarious Instagram accounts and a comedian shares her beauty uniform.

  1. Hi Caroline Donofrio!
    Thanks for sharing with us.
    They are really very nice.

  2. Faith says...

    DeAnne Smith (@DeAnne_Smith) is a delight – they’re SO smart and fun. Check out their special in Comedians of the World – “Gentleman Elf.”

  3. Gilly says...

    Chloe’s impression of Drew, at the end, talking about how you can get water literally falling out of your faucet that she gives it to her dog….. Yesterday I poured passionfruit la croix in my dogs bowls because THERE IS NO POTABLE WATER IN MY APARTMENT OR THE REST OF HOUSTON. Then I went to Wataburger and ordered a water and they only had canned Cokes. The dogs ended up drinking out of the toilet after I got it to flush somehow.
    This post made me laugh, though, so thank you :)

  4. Heather says...

    I love Foil, Arms, and Hog. They’re an Irish comedy group. Their sketches are full of hilarious characters and perfect impressions. And if you love puns and wordplay, check out their “party” videos. @foilarmsandhog

  5. Agata says...

    Luke Millington-Drake as Keira Knightley!!!!!!!!!!!! /Instagram/

  6. Chelsea says...

    Rig Notari’s dry humor is giving me life right now! Especially her podcast, “don’t ask tig” with her perfect and awful advice. Give it a listen. You will not regret it!

    • Chelsea says...

      It would help if I checked spelling before posting… Tig Notaro

  7. Patrice S says...

    I just discovered the account @secret_buttholes and it has brought me more joy and laugther than I should probably admit. Highly recommend.

  8. Maggie says...

    Phoebe Robinson’s Thirsty Thursdays posts!

    • polyana says...

      i was just about to say this. or just anything phoebe robinson! <3

  9. Madame says...

    Luke Millington Drake is a favorite at our house!

  10. Rue says...

    I just started watching Joe Pera on HBO based on friend recommendations, and it has stolen my entire heart. I watch episodes over lunch (many are 10 minutes long, a few are 20 min, so it’s the perfect length). I’m in the second half of the second season now and every episode recently has made me cry. He just captures humanity in this delightful way.

  11. Jess says...

    @csapunch on Instagram and TikTok. She makes the funniest and relatable videos and her posts are almost always tributes to old school hip hop and R&B :)

  12. erica says...

    @rachel_harper_comedy because belly laughing will keep you warm (during a frozen Austin snowpocalypse.)

    Favorite post I keep bookmarked – When Straight Men Songwriters Write Women: “As I’m thinking who are you? She BREASTED over to me…”

  13. Brittany says...

    Grace Kuhlenschmidt @gkuhlenschmidt – she also posts on TikTok. She has a very weird and confident energy and I absolutely love it.
    And I have to second these two who were listed above!
    Benito Skinner @bennydrama7
    Tommy Do @tommy_do

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      I LOVE him.

  14. loren says...

    Randy Rainbow!!! Sheena Melwani and The Real Indian Dad. The Holderness Family. Amber Ruffin. Wanda Sykes. Kate McKinnon. Trae Crowder. Colin and Michael. I could watch Leslie Jones talk to Colin Jost all day long.

  15. Kim says...

    @kendahllandreth on tiktok….her reenactments of facetiming with her mom are so sweet and funny. I don’t know her mom, will probably never know her mom, but I love her so much!

  16. Meg says...

    I’m dying over Chloe’s impression of Drew!!! amazing.

  17. Feel funny sharing my own work (aaak!) but I’m a long time reader and huge fan of this community, so: over the pandemic I’ve been creating short comedy/satire scenes that take place on Zoom with an interconnected cast of characters. Some awesome actors have taken part )maybe you’ll recognize a few). And the last batch of scenes took part in Sundance just now, in their Beyond Film program… (they’re all scenes of people meeting with their therapist on Zoom). Anyway if you want to check it out, it’s something I’d love to share with this group. :-)
    https://youtube.com/channel/UCRnB-7c5qXTXfbG3j2Bz1Hw

  18. AMK says...

    Leslie Jones is a national treasure 🙏🏽🙏🏽💕💕👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽

  19. Megan says...

    Not exactly a comedian, but are you all watching Sharonsaysso on Instagram? I started watching her for the civics lessons, but she is so funny to me!

    • Maggie says...

      Yes!!

    • Amy says...

      OMG – fellow Governerd here!! I have learned SO much from Sharon!! Actually, COJ – she would be great to feature here!

      Everyday she answers questions about both Government & the news in her stories (interspersed with pics of whales, narwhals, and eagles – of course!) She is determined to get people to form opinions based on FACTS, not dug-in opinions that we’re passionate about, or random posts we see on Social Media. In addition to that, she also leads really good discussions on hot-button issues (thoughts on: the 2nd Impeachment, Immigration reform, “cancel culture”) and shares the range of perspectives we all have. Lastly – she does all of this from an incredibly neutral place. She doesn’t scoff at outlandish questions pulled from Q conspiracies (she’ll typically answer with a straightforward “No.”) – and she isn’t trying to persuade anyone into believing whatever it is she believes (in fact, she refuses to share her opinions or political leanings).

      Her account is so, so, SO refreshing. It’s a lot to keep up on (her stories are tiny dots along the top), but invaluable in our rhetoric-filled world.

  20. shannon says...

    Another vote for Caitlin Reilly!! We’re love her “girl who bullied you in high school” wedding and baby shower speeches and quote them all the time. Also, anything WASP mom = lol

    …can we invite her for a beauty uniform?? I’d love to hear how she does all her hair/makeup for various characters.

    • Jen says...

      “Jason…” She is hilarious.

  21. Lynn says...

    Chloe Fineman’s SNL skit as Timothee Chalamet doing a MasterClass is gold. Nailed the MasterClass craze and the Chalamet vibes. So good.

  22. Kelly says...

    I have to admit to being a lot like the Mom trying to get her kids to go through their stuff when they come home :)

    Caitlin Reilly has been cracking me up lately on Instagram: @hicaitlinreilly

    Also Alina Bock @alinabock

    • Kristin says...

      Same with trying to get the kids to go through their things!!

  23. Whitney says...

    The Mike Birbiglia stand up special on Netflix, “The New One” is so well done! His storytelling is masterfully done and this one was really hilarious but beautiful in a lot of ways. I don’t want to spoil anything but the ending is just perfect.

  24. Amy says...

    Guess I’ve been living under a rock because I wasn’t following any of the women. What a gift this post was! Big, big loz

  25. Joaquina says...

    Caleb Hearon on Twitter is my fave lately.

  26. Christine says...

    ooh, thanks for sharing, love finding people to make me laugh! I am loving David Abed’s impressions of his mom on TikTok, funny but done with love @davidabed2

  27. Jess says...

    Elsa Majimbo is a genius (@majimb.o) and Eshaana Sheth (@the_eshaana)’s impressions are SPOT ON. Eshaana is also undergoing cancer treatment (during a pandemic, of course) and her ability to continue to find humor is awe-inspiring.

    • Stella says...

      Elsa Majimbo is great! and she’s also a chess champion! like a real-life Beth Harmon!

    • Betsie says...

      YESSSS to @majimb.o I shared her take on procrastination with just about every procrastinator I know (I am NOT one, so even hearing her talk about it felt terrifying/confusing!). Checking out @the_eshanna now!

  28. Amy says...

    I was recently introduced to @hayleymorris3 on Instagram. She a hilarious young British woman who makes insightful videos of the crazy things our brains say to us at the oddest (/worst) times. Two of my favs are: her brain getting chatty just as she’s about to go to sleep, or her brain convincing her that she DEFINITELY left the curling iron plugged in (and the tragedy that is sure to ensue). The content and editing are both flawless!! If you too have a hyperactive mind – you will feel SEEN!

    • This is so good! Lots of “I THOUGHT I WAS THE ONLY ONE” moments while browsing her videos. Thanks!

  29. Rebecca says...

    Don’t know if he’s considered a comedian, but @TheLeslieJordan on IG is such a joy. Any time I hear “Well, shit….” I know it’s got to be good.

    • b says...

      I didn’t used to care for him (Will and Grace era), but I love him on Call Me Kat.

  30. Andi says...

    Why can’t I see any of the Instagram photo’s?

  31. Stephanie says...

    Gertiebird – her gossipmag series kills me
    actual_meg

  32. Amy says...

    I didn’t know it, but I needed this. Thank you!!

  33. JessicaD says...

    These are all awesome, but can I say that I recognized far too much of myself in @cearajaneo’s mom…?! cry / laughing, but in solidarity, too : when did I become this person!!! (my daughters are chortling!)

    • Andrea says...

      FWIW, she is missing the vacuuming in your room at 7:30 AM asking if you are going to sleep the day away move that my Mom prefers.

  34. Jess. says...

    Thank you! Yes! Leslie Jones is a freaking beacon of joy on her Instagram page.

  35. Charlotte says...

    If anyone here was ever a Game of Thrones fan, do yourself a favor and search Game of Jones on youtube. Leslie goes on Seth Meyers show and they watch GoT together. It is one of the funniest things to ever exist. It’s easily a couple of years old now, and I still chuckle to myself when a line from it pops into my head.

    All I’m gonna say is… Thee-ron

  36. Lilly says...

    Just: thank you, Caroline.
    Made my day. It really did.

  37. Maureen says...

    I just watched Leslie’s most recent special on Netflix and she is such a gem! I love that she’s seeing all this success in her late 40s/early 50s. Proof that you can achieve so much in your second half of life!

  38. celeste says...

    I like Charlie Berens (Manitowoc Minute) and Trey Kennedy, but I watch them on Facebook because I never use IG.

    • Faith says...

      YES – my husband lived in MN for a long while, and the Manitowoc Minute always strikes home. Although in this house, it’s “Go Bears, and F@ck the Packers”

  39. Caitlin Reilly! (@hicaitlinreilly on gram) Her “LA Mom” and “WASP Mom” personas are absurdly funny and TOO REAL. Her “Wedding Vows of the Girl Who Bullied You in High School” deserves a special shoutout, too.

  40. Lauren says...

    This made my morning. Thanks!

  41. Jay says...

    Heather McMahan’s instagram stories :) She is @heatherkmcmahan . She feels like that boisterous, funny friend we all need this year. Bonus if you like french bulldogs. She would make a very fun beauty uniform or week of outfits post. I just want her wine recommendations. She is also writing a Peacock show about grief.

    • Emily says...

      YES! Love her and would love to see her featured on Cup of Jo!

    • RM says...

      She’s the best. I third having her on COJ!

    • April says...

      Just recently started following her on Instagram and she’s great. Booked tickets to see her in person at the end of this year. Fingers crossed that will be possible!

  42. Kate says...

    Met Stalter (IG @megstalter)
    Tommy Do (IG @tommy_do)
    Benito Skinner (IG @bennydrama7)
    Calvin Seabrooks (IG @larrygayvid)

    More than once my husband has had to ask “laughing or crying?” when I’m watching their videos, and I usually can’t talk to answer. Hi-lar-i-ous.

    • Brittany says...

      I love the first three, now I have to check out Calvin!

  43. Alex says...

    Jfirstman! ;)

  44. MG says...

    Check out Robyn Schall (@robynschallcomic on instagram). She’s been a pandemic delight, and spent the last few days spreading joy to restaurant workers in NYC!

  45. LK says...

    I’m really loving Ghosthoney on tiktok. You can tell he’s making fun of himself. And as someone who went to art school, his tiktok of class critiques is accurate.

    Another great one is Brodywellmaker (also tiktok and insta) who does everything from poking fun at Kristen Stewart’s acting and moms in church.

    • Stephanie says...

      OMG! Ghosthoney on TikTok is everything! I watch the art school and the gnome date video regularly and they always brighten my mood!

    • Zoe P says...

      Love Ghosthoney! I also went to art school and art school memes and comedy is a severely underrepresented and unexplored area. We have what… one movie?!? Art School Confidential isn’t even good. I would like a show, an episode of This American Life, etc, making fun of the ridiculousness that is art school!