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The Best Female Stand Up Comedians of the '80s 

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Updated December 25, 2018 1k votes 394 voters 27.6k views 19 items

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The best 80s stand up comedians were often of the female persuasion, and this list of the best 80s comedians will remind you of women who tickled the world's funny bone in the 1980s. So, who are the funniest 80s stand up comedians? The funniest 80s comedians range from women like Elayne Boosler and Judy Tenuta. Who doesn't remember how hilarious those ladies were? Some of the top 80s comedians were also women like Diane Ford and Cathy Ladman. Whoopi Goldberg was a young comedian in the eighties and she was truly in her prime in that decade, as seen by her famous standup special from 1985. The same can be said for the brilliant Tracey Ullman, who will go down in history as one of the top 80s stand up comedians -- male or female. The best 80s stand ups were strong feminists with original viewpoints but, above all, they are hilarious. 

For instance, Boston's Sue Costello rocked the 1980s comedy club circuit and became known as one of the best female comedians of the 80s. Karen Kay and Victoria Wood are also considered to be two of the best 80s female comedians, many of whom are forever indebted to the comediennes who paved the way like Sandra Bernhard and Joan Rivers. These hilarious female comedians went on to shows like Saturday Night Live, like Gilda Radner, while others got their own Comedy Central specials (once those were a thing). These comics got slightly edgier with their comedy than many of the women who preceded them on the stage, just as this group of comedians made it possible for the next generation of comediennes to continue pushing boundaries as comics.
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Gilda Radner is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Female Stand Up Comedians of the '80s
Dec. at 43 (1946-1989) from Detroit, Michigan, United States of America
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Rita Rudner is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Female Stand Up Comedians of the '80s
Sharon DuChemin added Age 65 from Miami, Florida, United States of America
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Tracey Ullman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Female Stand Up Comedians of the '80s
Age 59 from Slough, United Kingdom
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Elayne Boosler is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Female Stand Up Comedians of the '80s
Age 66 from New York City, New York, United States of America
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Judy Tenuta is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Female Stand Up Comedians of the '80s
Age 62 from Oak Park, Illinois, USA
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Diane Ford is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Female Stand Up Comedians of the '80s
Diane Ford
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Lily Tomlin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Female Stand Up Comedians of the '80s
Sharon DuChemin added Age 79 from Detroit, Michigan, United States of America
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Brett Butler is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Female Stand Up Comedians of the '80s
Age 61 from Montgomery, Alabama
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Whoopi Goldberg is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female Stand Up Comedians of the '80s
Age 63 from Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America
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Carol Leifer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female Stand Up Comedians of the '80s
Age 62 from USA, New York, East Williston
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Cathy Ladman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female Stand Up Comedians of the '80s
Age 63 from New York, United States of America
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Julie Brown is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Female Stand Up Comedians of the '80s
Age 60 from Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California, United States of America
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Victoria Wood is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Female Stand Up Comedians of the '80s
Age 65 from United Kingdom, Prestwich
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Karen Kay is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Female Stand Up Comedians of the '80s
Karen Kay Age 71 from Blackburn, United Kingdom
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Loni Love is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Female Stand Up Comedians of the '80s
Age 47 from Detroit, Michigan, United States of America
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Judy Graubart is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Female Stand Up Comedians of the '80s
Age 75 from Fort Worth, Texas, United States of America
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Jackie Kashian is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female Stand Up Comedians of the '80s
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Luba Goy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female Stand Up Comedians of the '80s
Age 73 from Haltern, Germany
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Sue Costello is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female Stand Up Comedians of the '80s
Sue Costello Age 50 from Dorchester, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America