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Who Makes Melissa McCarthy and Leslie Jones Laugh the Hardest?

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Takes a funny lady to know one.

It's no joke: Melissa McCarthy genuinely loves her Ghostbusters co-stars Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones, so much so that water has fallen from her eyes.

Well, it's because she was laughing so hard, but still. The superstar actress admitted that fun, tear-filled fact to Pret-a-Reporter on Tuesday night outside Hyde Sunset Kitchen + Cocktails where Elle magazine hosted a comedy night to celebrate its first-ever Women in Comedy issue. Secret Deodorant presented the Jane Lynch-hosted event, which featured sets by Ali Wong, Iliza Shlesinger, Michelle Buteau and Nikki Glaser. (Those were the announced comedy performances, but the crowd went wild when Jones took to the stage for an impromptu set, kicking off her shoes and taking off her jacket and pummeling the audience with jokes.)

The whole Ghostbusters crew turned out to support their individual (and gorgeous) covers along with the film's director Paul Feig, and there was no better time to ask who makes them laugh harder than anyone else.


SAY GHOSTS: (Left to right) Paul Feig, Elle's Robbie Myers, Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones attend Elle's Women In Comedy event at Hyde Sunset in Los Angeles on June 7, 2016. (Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images for ELLE)

Attending alongside Elle editor-in-chief Robbie Myers (who told Pret-a-Reporter that the cover stars always make her LOL) were the night's host Jane Lynch, along with Sarah Hyland, Lea Michele, Busy Philipps, Nina Dobrev, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Nia Long, Cameron Esposito, Mayim Bialik, Hunter and Joey King, Lauren Lapkus and Jenna Elfman. Oh, and original Ghostbusters stars Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson also attended, which was rad. 

But about those funny ladies. The question: Who makes you laugh the hardest? The answers ...

Melissa McCarthy: "Everybody I'm staring at right here. Every single woman on this wall [featuring Elle's covers with Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones] has made me laugh until I cried, in person and in text, which is very powerful when you can do that. I go back to Lucille Ball, Madeline Kahn, Gilda Radner, Carol Burnett, Amy Schumer, Tina Fey. These woman all in fantastic different ways are flawless. Because ... I always get the feeling that they are not trying to do or be anyone other than who they are, complete with flaws, imperfections, everything. They are sharing their specific perspective of the world and nobody else has it. You can't duplicate that. You can't duplicate someone's singularity. I love it and I watch it and I think it's like watching magic."

Leslie Jones: "Pat Brown makes me laugh so hard. Nikki Carr and Pat Brown make me laugh. Oh god, Lynne Koplitz, she was in Top Five. She's hella funny too."

Paul Feig: "It's so hard to say. Obviously, I love Melissa, she just destroys me. This is our fourth movie together. But Kristen is just such a powerhouse. And to go through my cast, Leslie and Kate, too. That's the reason why I cast these four women because they make me laugh so hard. But then I have a list of other hilarious women who I want to work with and I want them to not only work with me but on other movies. Hollywood has to make more roles for women and great roles for women and not just sidekick roles or the love interest. They need to be showcased."

Julie Bowen: "In real life, like everyday, Sofia Vergara. She is hilariously funny; really, a deeply funny person. Tonight I’m here because I’m in love with Kristen Wiig, and also Amy Schumer. I can watch her talk about just about anything. I love her."

TV creator/executive producer Aline Brosh McKenna, My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: "There are a lot of people who really make me laugh, and a lot of them are here tonight. I think Kate McKinnon is really funny and Chelsea Peretti is really funny."

Actress/executive producer, Rachel Bloom, My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: "There is a group called The Apple Sisters and they are really good friends of mine. They are a musical comedy group and they pretend to be like girls from the '40s, and they are so funny. They're so funny and so unique. I highly recommend downloading their albums and seeing their live shows. They are so funny, and they make me laugh so much."

Valerie Harper: "Lucy, Carol Burnett. The great ones. Now the new kids are wonderful. I love Melissa McCarthy, I think she is fantastic. And darling little Wiig — Kristen Wiig. She's a real actress."

Carol Kane: "I second Valerie's emotions. And I would add Miss Tina Fey, as well. They are three wonderful actresses."

Comedian Nikki Glaser: "I'm going to say Sarah Silverman is my No. 1. Also, Amy Schumer and Rachel Feinstein are two of my friends and make me laugh harder than anyone. I love Rachel and Amy because we have a shared experience starting comedy at the same time and coming up in it at the same time on the road, so the jokes they tell I relate to so much. I love comedians who are brutally honest and make me feel OK about being honest too. There are no two women who are more honest than those two, and it's really inspiring."

Actress Tiffany Haddish, The Carmichael Show: "My grandmother makes me laugh the hardest. She was a waitress at Lawry's Prime Rib for 45 years and she is hilarious. She taught me how to value myself as a woman. She taught me to think of myself as a house and don't let all the men inside your house because it brings your value low. She taught me to keep a husband by kissing the banana everyday. She taught me a lot of things. Little dirty jokes here and there, but it's the value more than anything else."

Comedian Iliza Shlesinger: "There are women here who make me laugh. Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Melissa McCarthy. Leslie Jones is a Comedy Store comic and so am I, and I remember for years watching her, and she just murdered it. She never got the spots that she deserved — like she never got the earlier spots, and then one day she was on SNL. I was so happy for her. There's nobody else like her. It's such a unique voice and she has this very particular presence. It's so nice as a woman to see that you can be different and you can find your voice, and you can find people that will respect that. That's really important."   


HOSTESS WITH THE MOSTEST: Jane Lynch introduces the stand-up acts on June 7, 2016. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for ELLE)


STAGE STARS: (Left to right) Michelle Buteau, Ali Wong, Elle's Robbie Myers, Nikki Glaser and Iliza Shlesinger attend the Women In Comedy event at HYDE Sunset Kitchen + Cocktails in Los Angeles on June 7, 2016. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for ELLE)

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