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, All the Right Moves, Top Hat, Stage Door, The Lucy Show, + more
    • Age: Died at 78 (1911-1989)
    • Birthplace: Jamestown, New York, United States of America
    • 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, Annie, Mama's Family, Horton Hears a Who!, Health, + more
    • Age: age 82
    • Birthplace: Texas, USA, San Antonio
    • Profession: Comedian, Television producer, Actor, Voice acting, Singer, + more
    • Schools: University of California, Los Angeles, Hollywood High School
    • Children: Erin Hamilton, Jody Hamilton, Carrie Hamilton
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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: The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Golden Girls, The Proposal, The Lorax, Hot in Cleveland, + more
    • Age: age 93
    • Birthplace: Oak Park, USA, Illinois
    • Profession: Comedian, Television producer, Author, Actor, Voice acting, + more
    • Schools: Horace Mann School, Beverly Hills High School
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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: Mean Girls, 30 Rock, Saturday Night Live, MegaMind, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, + more
    • 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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    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: Finding Nemo, American Idol, Coneheads, Dr. Dolittle, Ellen, + more
    • 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, Mean Girls, Saturday Night Live, Monsters vs. Aliens, Wet Hot American Summer, + more
    • 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: How to Train Your Dragon, Saturday Night Live, Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2, Knocked Up, + more
    • 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, The Last Detail, The Woman in Red, The Rutles, Haunted Honeymoon, + more
    • 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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    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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    • Credits: Seinfeld, A Bug's Life, Saturday Night Live, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, Hannah and Her Sisters, + more
    • Age: age 54
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Comedian, Television producer, Actor, Voice acting
    • Schools: Holton-Arms School, Northwestern University
    • Children: Charles Hall, Henry Hall
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    Melissa Ann McCarthy is an American actress, comedian, writer and producer. McCarthy first gained recognition for her role as Sookie St. James on the television series Gilmore Girls. On the ABC sitcom Samantha Who? she portrayed Dena,. McCarthy was then cast as Molly Flynn-Biggs on the CBS sitcom Mike & ...more

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    • Credits: Gilmore Girls, Bridesmaids, The Hangover Part III, Mike & Molly, The Heat, + more
    • Age: age 45
    • Birthplace: USA, Plainfield, Illinois
    • Profession: Comedian, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, Voice acting
    • Schools: Joliet Catholic Academy
    • Children: Georgette Falcone, Vivian Falcone
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    Mary Jean "Lily" Tomlin is an American actress, comedian, writer, and producer. She has been a major force in American comedy since the late 1960s, when she began a career as a stand-up comedian and became a featured performer on television's Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In. Tomlin's career has spanned ...more

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    • Credits: 9 to 5, Nashville, Murphy Brown, Damages, Orange County, + more
    • Age: age 76
    • Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, USA
    • Profession: Comedian, Theatrical producer, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, + more
    • Schools: Cass Technical High School, Wayne State University, HB Studio
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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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    • Credits: Spaceballs, Shrek 2, The Smurfs, Look Who's Talking, The Muppets Take Manhattan, + more
    • Age: Died at 81 (1933-2014)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
    • Profession: Talk show host, Comedian, Television producer, Screenwriter, Actor, + more
    • Schools: Barnard College, Connecticut College
    • Children: Melissa Rivers
    • Medical Conditions: Bulimia nervosa
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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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    • Credits: There's Something About Mary, Wreck-It Ralph, School of Rock, Bob's Burgers, The Muppets, + more
    • Age: age 45
    • Birthplace: Manchester, New Hampshire, USA
    • Profession: Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, + more
    • Schools: Derryfield School, New York University
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    Wanda Sykes is an American writer, comedian, actress, and voice artist. She earned the 1999 Emmy Award for her writing on The Chris Rock Show. In 2004, Entertainment Weekly named Sykes as one of the 25 funniest people in America. She is well known for her role as Barbara Baran on The New Adventures of ...more

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    • Credits: The Muppets, Clerks II, Ice Age: Continental Drift, Over the Hedge, Rio, + more
    • Age: age 51
    • Birthplace: Portsmouth, USA, Virginia
    • Profession: Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, + more
    • Schools: Arundel High School, Hampton University
    • Children: Lucas Claude Sykes, Olivia Lou Sykes
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    Jane Marie Lynch is an American actress, singer, and comedian. She gained fame in Christopher Guest's improv mockumentary pictures such as Best in Show. Lynch's television cameos include an appearance in the Nickelodeon situation comedy iCarly and the Showtime dark comedy series Weeds. Lynch had a ...more

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    • Credits: Glee, Two and a Half Men, The Fugitive, Wreck-It Ralph, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, + more
    • Age: age 55
    • Birthplace: USA, Evergreen Park, Illinois
    • Profession: Comedian, Author, Actor, Voice acting, Singer
    • Schools: Illinois State University, Cornell University, Thornridge High School
    • Major/Field Of Study: Theatre
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    Phyllis Ada Driver, better known as Phyllis Diller, was an American stand-up comedian, actress, singer, dancer, and voice artist, best known for her eccentric stage persona, her self-deprecating humor, her wild hair and clothes, and her exaggerated, cackling laugh. Diller's voice acting roles included ...more

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    • Credits: A Bug's Life, The Gong Show, Maniac, Motocross Kids, The Fat Spy, + more
    • Age: Died at 95 (1917-2012)
    • Birthplace: USA, Lima, Ohio
    • Profession: Comedian, Actor, Voice acting
    • Schools: Lima Central Catholic High School, Sherwood Music Conservatory, Bluffton University
    • Cause Of Death: Natural causes
    • Place Of Death: Brentwood, Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    • Children: Sally Diller, Stephanie Diller, Peter Diller, Perry Diller, Suzanne Diller
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    Mary Tyler Moore is an American actress, primarily known for her roles in television sitcoms. Moore is best known for The Mary Tyler Moore Show, in which she starred as Mary Richards, a 30-something single woman who worked as a local news producer in Minneapolis, and for her earlier role as Laura Petrie ...more

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    • Credits: The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Ordinary People, Moon, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Hot in Cleveland, + more
    • Age: age 79
    • Birthplace: New York City, Brooklyn Heights, USA, New York
    • Profession: Activist, Musician, Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting
    • Schools: Saint Rose of Lima Roman Catholic, St. Ambrose School in Los Angeles, Immaculate Heart High School
    • Children: Richie Meeker
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    Madeline Kahn was an American actress, comedienne and singer. A two-time Academy Award nominee, she also won an Emmy Award and a Tony Award. Kahn made her Broadway debut in Leonard Sillman's New Faces of 1968. She received Tony Award nominations for the 1973 original Broadway production of Boom Boom ...more

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    • Credits: Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles, A Bug's Life, The Muppet Movie, Clue, + more
    • Age: Died at 57 (1942-1999)
    • Birthplace: Boston, USA, Massachusetts
    • Profession: Comedian, Actor, Voice acting, Singer
    • Schools: Martin Van Buren High School, Hofstra University
    • Cause Of Death: Ovarian cancer
    • Place Of Death: New York City, New York, United States of America
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    Amy Beth Schumer is an American stand-up comedian, writer, producer, and actress. She placed fourth on the fifth season of NBC's Last Comic Standing, and she placed second on Comedy Central's Reality Bites Back. In 2012, she held a recurring role on the Adult Swim series Delocated. She is the star of ...more

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    • Credits: Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, Inside Amy Schumer, Sleepwalk with Me, Price Check, The Great Debate, + more
    • Age: age 34
    • Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
    • Profession: Comedian, Television producer, Screenwriter, Actor, Stand-up comedian
    • Schools: William Esper Studio, South Side High School, Towson University
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    Cloris Leachman is an American actress of stage, film, and television. She has won eight Primetime Emmy Awards and one Daytime Emmy Award. She co-starred in the 1971 film The Last Picture Show for which she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. As Miss Chicago, Leachman competed in the 20th ...more

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    • Credits: Inglourious Basterds, Young Frankenstein, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Iron Giant, The Muppet Movie, + more
    • Age: age 89
    • Birthplace: USA, Des Moines, Iowa
    • Profession: Comedian, Actor, Voice acting
    • Schools: Northwestern University, Illinois State University, Roosevelt High School
    • Major/Field Of Study: Drama
    • Children: Adam Englund, George Englund, Jr., Morgan Englund, Dinah Englund, + more
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