Lifetime Presents Variety’s Power of Women The Comedians' Full Honorees List: Meet Julia Louis Dreyfus, Sofia Vergara and other honorees
The special will also honor comedy icon Gilda Radner
It's not an easy time in the world to laugh out loud. So more than ever before it seems fitting that we honor the women who have brought a smile to our faces with their comedic timing and talent over the years. 'Lifetime Presents Variety’s Power of Women The Comedians' is a special show which promises to do just that and honor the contribution made by Mindy Kaling, Maya Rudolph, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Sofía Vergara, Michaela Coel and Kate McKinnon. Each honoree will be interviewed by a close family member or friend – including Aidy Bryant, Bowen Yang, Natasha Lyonne, Luis Balaguer and Charlie Hall.
Importantly the special show will honor the life of comedic legend Gilda Radner and the foundation in her name that assists cancer patients and their families. Here are the women they will be honoring.
Mindy Kaling it seems was destined to be a part of the television world since she was named after Mindy from 'Mork and Mindy'. Kaling's comedic talents were first noticed on a large scale as both an actor and a writer on the cult show 'The Office'. She was in fact the first female writer on the show's writing staff. Mindy then of course went onto create and star in 'The Mindy Project' for which she received much inspiration from her mother, who is an OB-Gyn. Besides this Mindy has also created several other shows including most recently the Netflix series 'Never Have I Ever'.
Sofia Vergara is of course possibly best known for her role as the gorgeous Gloria on the hit show 'Modern Family'. Sofia showed fans that being glamorous and funny can go hand in hand and has five Golden Globe Awards nominations, four Primetime Emmy Awards and seven Screen Actors Guild Awards to prove it.
Julia Louis Dreyfus
Julia Louis Dreyfus is quite the inspiration on screen and off. In 2017 she announced on Twitter that she was diagnosed with breast cancer, a day after receiving a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her role in 'Veep'. However, Julia has taken all life's challenges on, with her trademark smile and has come out on top. She has made us laugh for decades with her performances in some of the most iconic comedy shows in history including 'Saturday Night Live' and of course, 'Seinfeld'. Her other notable television roles include Christine Campbell in 'The New Adventures of Old Christine', which had a five-season run on CBS and her role as Selina Meyer in 'Veep', which ran for seven seasons on HBO.
Maya Rudolph didn't start out as a comedian. In fact, she first shot to fame as a member of the alternative rock band 'The Rentals'. In 2000, she became a cast member on 'Saturday Night Live', which led to her successful film career in films such as 'Bridesmaids', 'Grown Ups' and 'Sisters'. Maya has also been a part of several sitcoms including NBC's 'Up All Night' and 'The Good Place', a show which earned her three Primetime Emmy nominations. Of late, Maya has been impressing fans with her portrayal of Vice President Kamala Harris on Saturday Night Live, for which she won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series.
Kate McKinnon is best known for her brilliant celebrity impressions of everyone from pop culture icons like Justin Bieber and Ellen DeGeneres to political figures such as Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren and Kellyanne Conway. McKinnon of course is a regular cast member on 'Saturday Night Live' and was also part of 'The Big Gay Sketch Show'. She has been nominated for five Primetime Emmy Awards, one for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics and four for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, winning in 2016 and 2017. Besides this McKinnon has also managed to carve out a career for herself on the big screen with roles in blockbusters such as 'Ghostbusters'.
British actress Michaela Coel is best known for creating and starring in the sitcom 'Chewing Gum' for which she won the BAFTA Award for Best Female Comedy Performance. She is also known for her work on the dramedy series 'I May Destroy You'. She has also guest-starred in 'Black Mirror' and has starred as Kate Ashby in the series 'Black Earth Rising' and as Simone in the film 'Been So Long'.
'Lifetime Presents Variety’s Power of Women The Comedians' is executive produced by Sharon Scott, Kristy Sabat and Annie Allen as well as Lifetime executive producers Amy Winter and Shura Davison. Michelle Sobrino-Stearns will serve as executive producer from Variety. 'Lifetime Presents Variety’s Power of Women The Comedians' will air on May 10 at 8 pm on Lifetime.