The Best Comedy Specials By Women

Over 500 Ranker voters have come together to rank this list of The Best Comedy Specials By Women
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Vote up the best comedy specials from female comedians since 2000.
Latest additions: Michelle Wolf: It's Great to Be Here, Helen Hong: Well Hong, Brittany Schmitt: From Ho to Housewife
Most divisive: Ellen DeGeneres: Relatable

Many people still view comedy as a boys' club. However, once you watch a few stand-up specials from women, it is clear as day women are just as funny (if not funnier) than the guys. As the world settled into the 21st century more comedy specials from women started to be available and once streaming services like produced their own comedy specials, it became a lot easier to find and follow your favorite female comedians on Netflix or other on demand services. You don't even have to look that far to find excellent shows. You can find the funniest female comedy specials on everything from Hulu to Comedy Central. After voting on this list, you should definitely settle in and check out one of these specials from the funniest ladies in stand-up comedy this century

Tig Notaro, Ali Wong, Amy Schumer, and so many other funny women have taken the stage to deliver a full hour of non-stop laughs. Leslie Jones has an irreverent style in her 2009 special Problem Child, but if you want comedy that is a bit more introspective, then make sure to watch Hannah Gadsby's special Nanette. Even old-guard female comedians like Kathy Griffen and Joan Rivers have recent comedy specials. No matter what type of comedy you prefer, there is something out there for everyone. 

Which of these female stand-up specials have you seen before? Which ones do you like best? Vote for your favorites so that everyone can see who the funniest ladies out there are. If you're sick and tired of men getting all the attention, then this list is for you. 

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    • Released: 2005
    Comedian Sarah Silverman brings her patent, no-holds-barred humor to the stage in this performance film. Based almost entirely on Silverman's successful show of the same name which appeared on Broadway and generated considerable buzz, the movie blends stand-up with prerecorded sketches and even some musical performances. For Silverman, seemingly no topic is off-limits, as she squeezes jokes out of subjects including rape, Sept. 11 and the Holocaust.
  • Iliza Shlesinger: Elder Millennial

    Iliza Shlesinger: Elder Millennial

    44 votes
  • Michelle Wolf: It's Great to Be Here
    #61 needs votes
    TV Program
    0 votes
    • Premiered: September 12, 2023
    The comic riffs on dating, sexual harassment, race relations, and living in a new country.

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  • Iliza Shlesinger: War Paint
    90 votes
    • Released: 2013
  • Katherine Ryan: In Trouble

    Katherine Ryan: In Trouble

    Katerine Ryan
    72 votes
    • Released: 2017

    Best jokes:

  • Taylor Tomlinson: Quarter-Life Crisis

    Taylor Tomlinson: Quarter-Life Crisis

    83 votes
  • Rachel Feinstein: Only Whores Wear Purple

    Rachel Feinstein: Only Whores Wear Purple

    28 votes