100 Women We Love 2016

Here’s to this year's class of the women who inspire us, give us hope, make us laugh and make us want to get up and dance. 

RHEA BUTCHER

This Los Angeles-based standup comic, actor and writer, grew up in the Midwest, where she skateboarded the mean streets of her hometown: Akron, Ohio. Rhea Butcher’s “blue-collar brand of cool” is winning over audiences nationwide. She’s appeared on Comedy Central, NBC’ s “Last Comic Standing,” Buzzfeed and Funny Or Die Presents, and opened for fellow comics like Cameron Esposito, Pete Holmes, Anthony Jeselnik and Maria Bamford. She’s also made podcast appearances on “You Made It Weird,” and “How Did This Get Made?” This year, she’ll debut her first TV series “Take My Wife” for NBCUniversal’s new Seeso platform; appear next season on “Adam Ruins Everything,” (truTV); host the popular web series, “She Said” on Legendary Entertainment/Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls Network; and embark on a tour in support of her debut album “Butcher.” What she finds most gratifying in comedy is “meeting queer/nonbinary/trans people after my standup who tell me that my comedy helped them to come out,” she says. “I think that being out [myself] has been very positive, in that I can speak from a place of honesty and really connect with audiences—gay or straight—because they believe me.” –SLO