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. 

BRITTANY ASHLEY

Guess where comedy writer Brittany Ashley grew up? How about some hints: 1) Da Bulls; 2) the nasal-sounding accent that goes along with saying that; 3) she can eat a hot dog in under two minutes. You guessed it! Chicago. Ashley received her bachelor’s degree in English at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she worked as a staff writer (later, as entertainment editor) for the college newspaper, Chicago Flame. While in college, she studied at Second City and co-wrote the stage revue “Hindsight for Sore Eyes.” Since then, Ashley’s been featured in numerous sketch comedy festivals and made her directorial debut in 2012 with a show she co-wrote, “Courtney Cox’s Bangs.” In 2013 she headed to Los Angeles, where she’s been featured on NBC’s “Last Call with Carson Daly” and FOX’s “Laughs.” Currently, she writes and acts in L.A., often reprising her role as ‘Lesbian Stoner.’ Writing, Ashley says, “[has] always been the way I could express myself best and the way I’ve understood other people best. There’s no fuller feeling than just finishing something and knowing that it will go out into the world exactly the way that I intended it to… Oh, and obviously because writing and drinking are so closely tied together, it fit my lifestyle,” she quips. We’ll drink to that! –SLO