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Famous Female Comedians

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List of famous female comedians, featuring bios and photos when available. This female comedians list contains the most prominent and top females known for being comedians. The female comedians of note are listed by their level of prominence, and you can be sorted by various bits of information like date of birth or birthplace. There are thousand of females working as comedians in the world, but this list highlights only the notable ones.

Tina Fey and Ellen DeGeneres are a great starting point for your to rank your favorites on this list. Some of the funniest people in the world are women. From legends like Sarah Silverman to up-and-comers like Whitney Cummings and Amy Schumer, female comics are some of the best in the genre today.

While this isn't a list of all female comedians, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female comedians in the world?" and "Who are the best female comedians?"

The most notable female comedians in history and today are shown below. Enjoy this list of well-known, leading female comedians. If you want to share these historic female comedians you can use one of the social media icons at the top or bottom of the page. (639 items)


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    Marilyn Monroe was an American actress, model, and singer, who became a major sex symbol, starring in a number of commercially successful motion pictures during the 1950s and early 1960s. After spending much of her childhood in foster homes, Monroe began a career as a model, which led to a film contract ...more

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    • Age: Died at 36 (1926-1962)
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Producer, Model, Actor, Singer, Showgirl
    • Credits: Some Like It Hot, All About Eve, The Misfits, The Seven Year Itch, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, + more
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    Jennifer Ann "Jenny" McCarthy is an American model, television host, comedian, actress, author, and anti-vaccine activist. She began her career in 1993 as a nude model for Playboy magazine and was later named their Playmate of the Year. McCarthy then parlayed her Playboy fame into a television and film ...more

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    • Age: age 43
    • Birthplace: Evergreen Park, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Comedian, Television producer, Model, Author, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Scary Movie 3, Scream 3, John Tucker Must Die, BASEketball, Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead, + more
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    Tina Fey
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    Elizabeth Stamatina "Tina" Fey is an American actress, comedian, writer, and producer. She is best known for her work on the NBC sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live, the critically acclaimed NBC comedy series 30 Rock, and films such as Mean Girls, Baby Mama, Date Night, and Muppets Most Wanted. Fey ...more

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    • Age: age 45
    • Birthplace: Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Comedian, Television producer, Musician, Screenwriter, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Mean Girls, 30 Rock, Saturday Night Live, MegaMind, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, + more
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    Joan Alexandra Molinsky, known as Joan Rivers, was an American actress, comedian, writer, producer, and television host noted for her often controversial comedic persona — where she was alternately self-deprecating or sharply acerbic, especially toward celebrities and politicians. Rivers came to ...more

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    • Age: Died at 81 (1933-2014)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Talk show host, Comedian, Television producer, Screenwriter, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Spaceballs, Shrek 2, The Smurfs, Look Who's Talking, The Muppets Take Manhattan, + more
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    Raven-Symoné Christina Pearman is an American actress, comedian, model, singer, songwriter, dancer, and television producer. She first appeared on television in 1989 on The Cosby Show as Olivia Kendall. She released her debut album, Here's to New Dreams in 1993; the single, "That's What Little Girls Are ...more

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    • Age: age 30
    • Birthplace: Georgia, USA, Atlanta
    • Profession: Comedian, Television producer, Fashion Model, Film Producer, Actor, + more
    • Credits: The Cosby Show, The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, Dr. Dolittle, That's So Raven, Tinker Bell, + more
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    Ellen Lee DeGeneres is an American comedian, television host, actress, writer, and producer. She was the star in the popular sitcom Ellen from 1994 to 1998, and has hosted her syndicated talk show The Ellen DeGeneres Show since 2003. Her stand up career started in the early 1980s, culminating in a 1986 ...more

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    • Age: age 57
    • Birthplace: Metairie, Louisiana, United States of America
    • Profession: Television presenter, Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, + more
    • Credits: Finding Nemo, American Idol, Coneheads, Dr. Dolittle, Ellen, + more
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    Roseann "Rosie" O'Donnell is an American comedian, actress, author, and television personality. She has also been a magazine editor and continues to be a celebrity blogger, LGBT rights activist, television producer, and collaborative partner in the LGBT family vacation company R Family ...more

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    • Age: age 53
    • Birthplace: USA, New York, Commack
    • Profession: Editor, Talk show host, Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer, + more
    • Credits: Tarzan, A League of Their Own, Sleepless in Seattle, The Flintstones, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, + more
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    Sarah Silverman
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    Sarah Kate Silverman is an American stand-up comedian, writer, producer and actress. Her satirical comedy addresses social taboos and controversial topics, such as racism, sexism and religion, having her comic character endorse them in an ironic fashion. Silverman was a writer and occasional performer ...more

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    • Age: age 45
    • Birthplace: Manchester, New Hampshire, USA
    • Profession: Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, + more
    • Credits: There's Something About Mary, Wreck-It Ralph, School of Rock, Bob's Burgers, The Muppets, + more
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    Whoopi Goldberg is an American actress, comedienne, political activist, writer, producer, and television host. Although Goldberg made her film debut in the avant-garde ensemble film Citizen: I'm Not Losing My Mind, I'm Giving It Away, her breakthrough role was playing Celie, a mistreated black woman in ...more

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    • Age: age 60
    • Birthplace: New York City, Manhattan, USA, New York
    • Profession: Talk show host, Comedian, Television producer, Singer-songwriter, Film Producer, + more
    • Credits: The Lion King, Toy Story 3, Ghost, Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Color Purple, + more
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    Kirstie Louise Alley is an American actress and comedian known for her role in the TV series Cheers, in which she played Rebecca Howe from 1987 to 1993, winning an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award as the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series in 1991. She is also known for her role in the ...more

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    • Age: age 64
    • Birthplace: USA, Wichita, Kansas
    • Profession: Comedian, Television producer, Screenwriter, Actor
    • Credits: Cheers, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Look Who's Talking, Summer School, Drop Dead Gorgeous, + more
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    Chelsea Handler has become one of entertainment’s most sought-after and versatile rising stars. In July 2007, Handler broke into the world of late night talk shows with her E! series, Chelsea Lately, airing weeknights at 11 PM. Consistently the network’s highest rated program, Chelsea Lately offers a ...more

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    • Age: age 40
    • Birthplace: Livingston, New Jersey, United States of America
    • Profession: Television presenter, Comedian, Television producer, Model, Screenwriter, + more
    • Credits: This Means War, Hop, Chelsea Lately, Are You There, Chelsea?, + more
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    Kathleen Mary "Kathy" Griffin is an American actress, comedian, writer, producer, and television host. Born in Chicago, Illinois, she moved to Los Angeles in 1978, where she studied drama at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute and became a member of the improvisational comedy troupe The ...more

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    • Age: age 55
    • Birthplace: USA, Chicago, Illinois
    • Profession: Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Pulp Fiction, The Muppets, The Cable Guy, Shrek Forever After, Four Rooms, + more
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    Amy Meredith Poehler is an American actress, comedian, voice artist, director, producer and writer. She was raised in Burlington, Massachusetts, graduated from Boston College in 1993 and moved to Chicago, Illinois to study improv at The Second City and ImprovOlympic. In 1996, she moved to New York City ...more

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    • Age: age 44
    • Birthplace: USA, Massachusetts, Newton
    • Profession: Television director, Comedian, Television producer, Screenwriter, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Parks and Recreation, Mean Girls, Saturday Night Live, Monsters vs. Aliens, Wet Hot American Summer, + more
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    Betty White
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    Betty White Ludden, known professionally as Betty White, is an American actress, comedienne, author, producer, radio host, singer, and television personality. In 2013, the Guinness World Records awarded White with having the longest television career for a female entertainer. To contemporary audiences, ...more

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    • Age: age 93
    • Birthplace: Oak Park, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Comedian, Television producer, Author, Actor, Voice acting, + more
    • Credits: The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Golden Girls, The Proposal, The Lorax, Hot in Cleveland, + more
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    Aubrey Christina Plaza is an American actress and comedian known for her deadpan style. She portrayed April Ludgate on Parks and Recreation. After appearing in key supporting roles in several films, Plaza had her first leading role in the 2012 comedy Safety Not Guaranteed. Plaza began her career as an ...more

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    • Age: age 31
    • Birthplace: Wilmington, USA, Delaware
    • Profession: Comedian, Actor
    • Credits: Parks and Recreation, Monsters University, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, The Legend of Korra, Funny People, + more
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    Roseanne Barr
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    Roseanne Cherrie Barr is an American actress, comedian, writer, television producer, director, and 2012 presidential nominee of the California-based Peace and Freedom Party. Barr began her career in stand-up comedy at clubs before gaining fame for her role in the sitcom Roseanne. The show was a hit and ...more

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    • Age: age 63
    • Birthplace: USA, Salt Lake City, Utah
    • Profession: Television director, Businessperson, Television producer, Actor, Author, + more
    • Credits: Roseanne, Home on the Range, Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare, Look Who's Talking Too, She-Devil, + more
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    Lucille Désirée Ball was an American actress, comedian, model, and film studio executive. She was the star of the sitcoms I Love Lucy, The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour, The Lucy Show, Here's Lucy, and Life with Lucy. Ball's career in the spotlight began in 1929, when she landed work as a model. Shortly ...more

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    • Age: Died at 78 (1911-1989)
    • Birthplace: Jamestown, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Comedian, Television producer, Model, Actor, Singer
    • Credits: I Love Lucy, All the Right Moves, Top Hat, Stage Door, The Lucy Show, + more
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    Kristen Carroll Wiig is an American actress, comedian, writer, and producer, well known for her work on the NBC sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live, and such films as Knocked Up, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, Paul and Bridesmaids, Girl Most Likely, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, the animated ...more

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    • Age: age 42
    • Birthplace: Canandaigua, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Comedian, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: How to Train Your Dragon, Saturday Night Live, Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2, Knocked Up, + more
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    Debra Lynn Messing is an American actress. She is known for her television roles in Will & Grace, The Starter Wife, Smash and The Mysteries of Laura. Following her graduation from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, Messing had short-lived tenures on the Fox sitcom Ned & Stacey and the ABC ...more

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    • Age: age 47
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
    • Profession: Comedian, Television producer, Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: Will & Grace, The Mothman Prophecies, Garfield: The Movie, Along Came Polly, Open Season, + more
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    Julia Scarlett Elizabeth Louis-Dreyfus is an American actress, comedian, and producer. She is known for her television work on Seinfeld, The New Adventures of Old Christine, and Veep, which she has starred in since April 2012. Louis-Dreyfus broke into comedy as a performer in The Practical Theatre ...more

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    • Age: age 54
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
    • Profession: Comedian, Television producer, Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: Seinfeld, A Bug's Life, Saturday Night Live, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, Hannah and Her Sisters, + more
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