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By Evelyn Wambua

The 2 funniest comedic actresses in Hollywood

Comic or comedian actors/actresses seek to entertain the audience through their amusement, jokes and exaggerated characters such as acting a stupid person. Here are top two best comedy actresses.

1. Elizabeth Banks

Elizabeth Banks, whose birth name is Elizabeth Mitchell, was born in Pittsfield, Berkshires in the western part of Massachusetts, on February 10, 1974. She is a daughter to Ann Wallace and Mark P. Mitchell. Her mother was a banker, while her father worked at a factory.

Banks attended Pittsfield High School and University of Pennsylvania for secondary and college education respectively, and graduated with great distinction. She later attended an Advanced Training Program at American Conservatory Theater, a prestigious theater located in San Francisco, and graduated in the year 1996. Immediately after graduating, she relocated to New York, where she worked in a theater, and started getting small film and television roles. In search of more screen jobs, she relocated to Los Angeles, where she got some supporting roles. She also changed her surname from Mitchell to Banks, so that people will not confuse her for Elizabeth Mitchel, the Hollywood actress.

Her role as Betty Brant in "Spider-Man" (2002), a Sam Raimi's film, was her breakthrough. She acted as a secretary of a tycoon (the cantankerous newspaper owner). She also featured in movies such as "Swept Away" (2002), and "Seabiscuit" (2003), among others. In 2003, Banks won an award in the Exciting New Face Award of the Young Hollywood Awards.

The beautiful, winsome Banks has projected her exceptionally charming presence on screens and has appeared in many movies, the recent ones being; "Our Idiot Brother" (2011), "People Like Us" (2012), "Man on a Ledge" (2012) and "The Hunger Games" series.

Banks got married to Max Handelman in July 2003. She has since had two sons: Magnus (born in 2011) and Felix (born in 2012).

2. Kristen Wiig

Kristen Wiig was born in Canandaigua, a city in New York, on August 22, 1973, to Laurie Johnston and Jon J. Wiig. Her mother was an artist, while her father was a manager at his lake marina. Her family relocated to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and later settled in Rochester, New York. Whe she was 9 years old, her parents got divorced. Wiig's mother chose to live with her and Erick, her older brother.

Wiig attended Brighton High School, Rochester, after which she joined the University of Arizona, where she studied art. Her teacher was impressed by her acting talent during acting classes and encouraged her to pursue acting. After graduating, she went to live in Los Angeles where she became a member of a troupe of sketch-comedy known as "The Groundlings." This opened doors for and helped her join the high ranks of SNL castmates like Maya Rudolph, Jon Lovitz, Will Ferrell and Phil Hartman.

Her role as Jill, a boss with a passive-aggressive personality, in the comedy movie "Knocked Up" gave her worldwide high praise. Wiig also performed exceptionally in movies such as "Whip It" (2009), "Adventureland" (2009), "Ghost Town" (2008), and "The Dewey Cox Story" (2007).

Wiig has starred in many notable comedy films, including the following; "Paul" (2011), a movie by Greg Mottola; "All Good Things" (2010) by Andrew Jareck; "How to Train Your Dragon" (2010), a DreamWorks Animation's film; and "Friends With Kids" (2011) by Jennifer Westfeldt.

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