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The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time

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List Criteria: The funny females on this list can be from the world of stand up comedy, television, radio or cinema.

The funniest female comedians star on our favorite sitcoms, perform standup at the top comedy clubs and best of all, make us laugh until we cry. These talented women comedians (or 'commediennes' if you're fancy) are just as funny as any male comedians, if not funnier. Plus, they get to tell female-friendly jokes that most men wouldn't touch with a 10 foot poll. Girl comedians can just do some jokes better than the guys can.

Alone, these female comedians are utterly hilarious on their own but when they team up, watch out. That was exactly the case in 2011 when funny ladies like Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy teamed up with some of the funniest minds in film today to make the smash comedy hit "Bridesmaids." Previously, the blonde comedian was known mainly for her many quirky characters on "Saturday Night Live," but she's more than just a funny lady, she's a smart (and beautiful!) one too.

For others, the leap from the gut-busting standup acts to primetime television came after the female comedians got noticed by the networks. Chelsea Handler, Whitney Cummings and even Ellen DeGeneres all paid their dues on the standup circuit before getting their own television series.

Whether these talented female comedians make us laugh with their television shows, appear in hilarious comedy movies, are familiar faces on Comedy Central or simply provide the best hilariously inappropriate jokes on celebrity roasts, each rival any of the top male comedians in the business today. Some of them are considered to be the funniest people of all time. Have a funny lady that makes you laugh until you wet your pants? White or black, young or old, tell us your favorites by adding her or voting her up below!
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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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    • Credits: I Love Lucy, The Lucy Show, Here's Lucy, Yours, Mine and Ours
    • Age: Died at 78 (1911-1989)
    • Birthplace: USA, New York, Jamestown
    • Profession: Comedian, Television producer, Model, Actor, Singer
    • Cause Of Death: Aortic dissection
    • Place Of Death: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    • Children: Desi Arnaz, Jr., Lucie Arnaz
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    Carol Creighton Burnett is an American actress, comedian, singer, and writer. She is best known for her long-running TV variety show, The Carol Burnett Show, for CBS. She has achieved success on stage, television, and film in varying genres including dramatic and comedy roles. After a difficult ...more

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    • Credits: The Carol Burnett Show, Horton Hears a Who!, Annie, The Secret World of Arrietty
    • Age: age 82
    • Birthplace: San Antonio, Texas, United States of America
    • Profession: Comedian, Television producer, Actor, Voice acting, Singer, + more
    • Schools: University of California, Los Angeles, Hollywood High School
    • Children: Carrie Hamilton, Erin Hamilton, Jody Hamilton
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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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    • Credits: Saturday Night Live, Mean Girls, 30 Rock, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
    • Age: age 45
    • Birthplace: USA, Upper Darby, Pennsylvania
    • Profession: Comedian, Television producer, Musician, Screenwriter, Actor, + more
    • Schools: Beverly Hills Middle School, Upper Darby High School, University of Virginia
    • Major/Field Of Study: Drama
    • Children: Alice Zenobia Richmond, Penelope Athena Richmond
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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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    • Credits: Bringing Down the House, The Golden Girls, The Match Game, Hot in Cleveland
    • Age: age 93
    • Birthplace: Oak Park, Illinois, USA
    • Profession: Comedian, Television producer, Author, Actor, Voice acting, + more
    • Schools: Horace Mann School, Beverly Hills High School
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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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    • Credits: Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Oscars, Ellen DeGeneres: Here and Now, The 79th Annual Academy Awards
    • Age: age 57
    • Birthplace: USA, Metairie, Louisiana
    • Profession: Television presenter, Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, + more
    • Schools: Atlanta High School, Grace King High School, University of New Orleans
    • Major/Field Of Study: Communication
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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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    • Credits: Parks and Recreation, Inside Out, Mean Girls, Sisters
    • Age: age 44
    • Birthplace: USA, Massachusetts, Newton
    • Profession: Television director, Comedian, Television producer, Screenwriter, Actor, + more
    • Schools: Burlington High School, Boston College
    • Major/Field Of Study: Communication studies
    • Children: Archibald William Emerson Arnett, Abel James Arnett
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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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    • Credits: Bridesmaids, Despicable Me 2, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The Martian
    • Age: age 42
    • Birthplace: USA, New York, Canandaigua
    • Profession: Comedian, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, Voice acting
    • Schools: University of Arizona, Brighton High School
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    Gilda Susan Radner was an American comedian and actress. She was best remembered as an original cast member of the hit NBC sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live, for which she won an Emmy Award in 1978.more

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    • Credits: Saturday Night Live, Haunted Honeymoon, Animalympics, The Woman in Red
    • Age: Died at 43 (1946-1989)
    • Birthplace: Michigan, USA, Detroit
    • Profession: Comedian, Screenwriter, Actor
    • Schools: University of Michigan
    • Cause Of Death: Ovarian cancer
    • Place Of Death: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    • Medical Conditions: Bulimia nervosa
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