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The Funniest Lesbian Comedians of All Time 

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Updated November 14, 2019 5.3k votes 1.4k voters 83.5k views 32 items

List Rules Vote up the funniest lesbians ever to take the mic.

 

This list contains information about the best lesbian comedians, loosely ranked by user votes. The best lesbian comedians come in many forms. Some famous lesbian comedians are political in their stand-up acts while other lesbian comedians joke about relationships. A few hilarious lesbian comedians have gone on to become some of the most successful stand-ups in the world.

Who will you find on this top lesbian comedians list? Ellen DeGeneres has to be at the top. Whether she is performing stand-up, starring in a sitcom, or hosting her popular daytime talk show, DeGeneres always uses her platform to promote love and equality. Tig Notaro is another hilarious lesbian comedian.

Cameron Esposito and her wife, Rhea Butcher, have partnered up for several comedy endeavors including their podcast, Put Your Hands Together, and their TV series, Take My Wife. Other hilarious women featured on this top lesbian comedians list include Kate McKinnon, Wanda Sykes, and Rosie O'Donnell.

Which lesbian comedian do you think deserves the top spot on this list? Give the funniest ladies a thumbs up and share your thoughts in the comments section.

 

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Kate McKinnon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Funniest Lesbian Comedians of All Time
Saturday Night Live, Ted 2, Sisters

Age: 35

Birthplace: Sea Cliff, New York, United States of America

Kathryn McKinnon Berthold (born January 6, 1984) is an American actress, comedian, and musician widely known as a regular cast member on The Big Gay Sketch Show (2007–2010) and Saturday Night ...more

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Ellen DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Funniest Lesbian Comedians of All Time
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Oscars, Ellen DeGeneres: Here and Now

Age: 61

Birthplace: Metairie, Louisiana, United States of America

Ellen Lee DeGeneres ( də-JEN-ər-əs; born January 26, 1958) is an American comedian, television host, actress, writer, and producer. She starred in the popular sitcom Ellen from 1994 to 1998 and ...more

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Wanda Sykes is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest Lesbian Comedians of All Time
Over the Hedge, Rio, Evan Almighty

Age: 54

Birthplace: Portsmouth, Virginia, United States of America

Wanda Yvette Sykes (born March 7, 1964) is an American actress, comedian, and writer. She was first recognized for her work as a writer on The Chris Rock Show, for which she won a Primetime Emmy ...more

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Lily Tomlin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Funniest Lesbian Comedians of All Time
I Heart Huckabees, Nine to Five, Nashville

Age: 79

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America

Mary Jean "Lily" Tomlin (born September 1, 1939) is an American actress, comedian, writer, singer and producer. Tomlin started her career as a stand-up comedian as well as performing ...more

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Jane Lynch is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Funniest Lesbian Comedians of All Time
Glee, Wreck-It Ralph, The 40-Year-Old Virgin

Age: 58

Birthplace: Dolton, Illinois, United States of America

Jane Marie Lynch (born July 14, 1960) is an American actress, voice actress, author, singer and comedian. She is best known for her role as Sue Sylvester in the musical television series Glee. ...more

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Tig Notaro is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest Lesbian Comedians of All Time
Tig Notaro Walk of Shame, In a World..., Have Tig at Your Party

Age: 47

Birthplace: Jackson, Mississippi, United States of America

Mathilde "Tig" O'Callaghan Notaro (born March 24, 1971) is an American stand-up comic, writer, radio contributor, and actress. She is known for her deadpan comedy. Her acclaimed album ...more

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Cameron Esposito is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Funniest Lesbian Comedians of All Time
Cameron Esposito
Cameron Young Esposito (born October 17, 1981) is an American comic, actor, and podcaster, known for her show Take My Wife, as well as her stand-up comedy and podcast Queery. Esposito ...more

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Margaret Cho is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Funniest Lesbian Comedians of All Time
AnneSamachson added Drop Dead Diva, Face/Off, Notorious C.H.O.

Age: 50

Birthplace: California, United States of America

Margaret Moran Cho (Korean: 조모란; Hanja: 趙牡丹; born December 5, 1968) is an American stand-up comedian, actress, fashion designer, author, and singer-songwriter. Cho is best known for her stand-up ...more

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Hannah Gadsby is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Funniest Lesbian Comedians of All Time
AnneSamachson added

Age: 41

Birthplace: Smithton, Australia

Hannah Gadsby (born 12 January 1978) is an Australian comedian, writer, actor and television presenter. She rose to prominence after winning the national final of the Raw Comedy competition for ...more
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Rose Dix is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Funniest Lesbian Comedians of All Time
Rose Dix
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Fortune Feimster is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Funniest Lesbian Comedians of All Time
Fortune Feimster
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Rhea Butcher is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest Lesbian Comedians of All Time
Rhea Butcher (born August 12, 1982) is an American stand-up comic, actor, writer, producer, and podcast host. They are best known for their personal, observational comedy focused on their ...more
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Moms Mabley is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Funniest Lesbian Comedians of All Time
Amazing Grace, Boarding House Blues, Killer Diller

Age: Dec. at 81 (1894-1975)

Birthplace: USA, North Carolina, Brevard

Loretta Mary Aiken (March 19, 1894 – May 23, 1975), known by her stage name Jackie "Moms" Mabley, was an American standup comedian. A veteran of the Chitlin' Circuit of ...more

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#126 of 297 The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time #21 of 46 Famous Lesbian Actresses

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Suzanne Westenhoefer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest Lesbian Comedians of All Time
AnneSamachson added A Family Affair, We Have to Stop Now, Suzanne Westenhoefer: Live at the Village

Age: 57

Birthplace: Columbia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Suzanne Westenhoefer (born March 31, 1961 in Columbia, Pennsylvania) is an out lesbian stand-up comedian. She starred as a panelist on GSN's 2006 remake of I've Got a Secret, which featured a ...more
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Paula Poundstone is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest Lesbian Comedians of All Time
Home Movies, Science Court, When Stand Up Stood Out

Age: 59

Birthplace: Huntsville, Alabama, United States of America

Paula Poundstone (born December 29, 1959) is an American stand-up comedian, author, actress, interviewer, and commentator. Beginning in the late 1980s, she performed a series of one-hour HBO ...more

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#283 of 362 The Funniest People of All Time #9 of 11 The Best Female Stand Up Comedians of the '70s

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Lea DeLaria is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest Lesbian Comedians of All Time
Lea DeLaria The Oblongs, Edge of Seventeen, Homo Heights

Age: 60

Birthplace: Belleville, Illinois, United States of America

Lea DeLaria (born May 23, 1958) is an American comedian, actress, and jazz singer. DeLaria is credited with being the first openly gay comic to appear on a late-night talk show with her 1993 ...more

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DeAnne Smith is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest Lesbian Comedians of All Time
natkbb added

Age: 39

Birthplace: Endicott, New York

DeAnne Smith is an award-winning Canadian-American comedian, writer and columnist. She first gained notice as a comedian in 2008 touring her debut full-length solo stand-up show to popular and ...more
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Judy Gold is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest Lesbian Comedians of All Time
The City, truTV Presents: World's Dumbest..., All Aboard! Rosie's Family Cruise

Age: 56

Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States of America

Judy Gold (born November 15, 1962) is an American standup comedian, actress, television writer, and producer. She won two Daytime Emmy Awards for her work as a writer and producer on The Rosie ...more

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Sue Perkins is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest Lesbian Comedians of All Time
Celebrity Big Brother, The Great British Bake Off, Maestro

Age: 49

Birthplace: East Dulwich, London, United Kingdom

Susan Elizabeth Perkins (born 22 September 1969) is an English comedian, broadcaster, actress, and writer. Originally coming to prominence through her comedy partnership with Mel Giedroyc in Mel ...more
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Sandra Bernhard is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest Lesbian Comedians of All Time
The King of Comedy, Hudson Hawk, Wrongfully Accused

Age: 63

Birthplace: Flint, Michigan, United States of America

Sandra Bernhard (born June 6, 1955) is an American actress, comedian, singer and author. She first gained attention in the late 1970s, with her stand-up comedy in which she often bitterly ...more

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Elvira Kurt is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest Lesbian Comedians of All Time
Laura Carathanasis added PopCultured, Spin Off, My Fabulous Gay Wedding

Age: 57

Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Elvira Kurt (born December 9, 1961) is a Canadian comedian, and was the host of the game show Spin Off. She hosted the entertainment satire/talk show PopCultured with Elvira Kurt, which began on ...more

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Sandra Valls is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest Lesbian Comedians of All Time
asst4locproductions added Sandra Valls Showtime's The Latin Divas of Comedy, Pride Comedy Slam

Sandra Valls is a comic, actor, singer, writer, and badass. She is best known for her powerful, electric, stand up comedy performances in Showtime’s, THE LATIN DIVAS OF COMEDY (nominated for an Alma Award) and PRIDE: LGBT COMEDY SLAM!, hosted by Bruce Vilanch (both available for viewing now on Hulu.com). Her unique mix of physical comedy and brilliant story telling make it easy to see why the Los Angeles Times calls Sandra “Talented and Hilarious” as well as being included in Curve’s 2017 Power List as one of the Top 100 Most Influential Queer Women in the country. Latina Magazine voted Sandra One of the Top 33 Bad Ass Comics with Latina Roots. Curve Magazine voted her One of the Top 10 Funniest Lesbian Comics and Go Magazine has named Sandra One of the Top 100 Women We Love.

 

She recently shared the stage with Melissa Etheridge at the Levity and Justice for all Comedy Benefit for LPAC in New York City.

www.welovesandra.com

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Karen Williams is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest Lesbian Comedians of All Time
Laura Carathanasis added Karen Williams
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Sabrina Jalees is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest Lesbian Comedians of All Time
natkbb added In Real Life, Video on Trial

Age: 33

Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Sabrina Jalees (born April 19, 1985) is a Canadian comedian from Toronto, Ontario, now based in New York City, who writes a weekly column in the Toronto Star's ID section. Most recently, she was ...more
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Vickie Shaw is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Funniest Lesbian Comedians of All Time
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