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Comedy's New Wave

Eight rising stars guaranteed to keep you laughing for years
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Melissa McCarthy: Runaway Bridesmaid

Melissa McCarthy in real life: sweet and gracious, with a voice just a few decibels above a whisper. Melissa McCarthy as Megan, the groom's sister in Bridesmaids: a take-no-prisoners alpha gal who bites Kristen Wiig on the ass, attempts to seduce an air marshal on a flight to Vegas, and, most memorably, copes with a gastrointestinal emergency at a hoity-toity bridal shop by hiking up her dress, planting herself on a bathroom sink and shouting, "Look away!"

Megan was McCarthy's breakout role: a performance funnier, filthier and more gloriously over-the-top than anything she'd done on Gilmore Girls (where she played Lauren Graham's best friend for seven years) or Mike & Molly, the fairly conventional sitcom she co-stars in on CBS. 

"Kristen Wiig told us that Melissa was the funniest person she knew, but I was not familiar with her," admits Judd Apatow, who produced Bridesmaids. Apatow also cast McCarthy in his upcoming, untitled project, as a mom who becomes a rival of Leslie Mann, and encouraged her to vent her hostility. "Apparently, I love to swear," McCarthy says. "It was so therapeutic. I'll never have road rage again."

Says Apatow, "I definitely do not know anyone funnier."

By Gavin Edwards

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