101 Funniest Screenplays

Wait, so women can actually be funny and make a blockbuster comedy? That was the news flash after Bridesmaids stormed the box office. Co-writers Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo, who had met as writer-performers in the Los Angeles improv company The Groundlings, approached their first draft as a sort of super-sized sketch. “Sketches at the Groundlings are about six pages long,” Mumolo told the Los Angeles Times. “So in the very first draft, Kristen said, 'OK, let's think of it as 20 sketches, so we don't get overwhelmed.'’ Wiig told The New York Times Magazine that it was producer Judd Apatow and director Paul Feig who wanted to include the infamous food poisoning/bridal fitting sequence, giving her right of refusal. “We wrote the script, and we didn’t really have anything in that tone, and it seemed to be such a big statement.” On its feet, the scene scored.