2012 has been a fantastic year for funny ladies on television. Comedians Chelsea Handler, Whitney Cummings, Mindy Kaling, Amy Poehler and Joan Rivers all star in their own shows. A number of lesser known laugh-out-loud women are reaching new audiences with self-produced podcasts, and networks are paying attention.
Jean Railla, a writer and cultural observer based in New York City tells us more.
To hear more of the podcasts that were mentioned in the show, check out these very funny women: