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 pole. 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 voting up the best female comedians below.
Birthplace: San Antonio, Texas, USACarol Creighton Burnett (born April 26, 1933) is an American actress, comedian, singer and writer, whose career spans seven decades of television. She is best known for her groundbreaking comedy... more
Birthplace: Jamestown, New York, USALucille Désirée Ball (August 6, 1911 – April 26, 1989) was an American actress, comedian, model, entertainment studio executive and producer. She was the star of the self-produced sitcoms I Love... more
Birthplace: Oak Park, Illinois, United States of AmericaBetty Marion White Ludden (born January 17, 1922) is an American actress and comedian, with the longest television career of any entertainer, spanning 80 years. Regarded as a pioneer of television,... more
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of AmericaGilda Susan Radner (June 28, 1946 – May 20, 1989) was an American comedian and actress who was one of the seven original cast members for the NBC sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live (SNL). In her... more
Birthplace: Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, USAElizabeth Stamatina "Tina" Fey (born May 18, 1970) is an American actress, comedian, writer, producer, and playwright. She is best known for her work on the NBC sketch comedy series Saturday Night... more
Birthplace: Canandaigua, New York, United States of AmericaKristen Carroll Wiig (; born August 22, 1973) is an American actress, comedian, writer, and producer. She was born in Canandaigua, New York, and raised in both Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and Rochester,... more
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of AmericaJulia Scarlett Elizabeth Louis-Dreyfus Hall (; born January 13, 1961) is an American actress, comedian, producer, and singer. She is known for her work in the television comedy series Saturday Night... more
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States of AmericaMadeline Gail Kahn (born Madeline Gail Wolfson; September 29, 1942 – December 3, 1999) was an American actress, comedian, voice actress, and singer, known for comedic roles in films directed by Peter... more
Birthplace: Newton, Massachusetts, United States of AmericaAmy Meredith Poehler (; born September 16, 1971) is an American actress, comedian, director, producer, and writer. After studying improv at Chicago's Second City and ImprovOlympic in the early 1990s,... more
Birthplace: Plainfield, Illinois, United States of AmericaMelissa Ann McCarthy (born August 26, 1970) is an American actress, comedian, writer, producer, and fashion designer. She is the recipient of several accolades, including two Primetime Emmy Awards... more
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of AmericaMary 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 Off-Broadway... more
Birthplace: Toronto, CanadaCatherine Anne O'Hara (born March 4, 1954) is a Canadian actress, writer, and comedian. She first drew notice as an actress in 1974 as a member of The Second City improvisational comedy troupe in... more
Birthplace: Cambridge, Massachusetts, USAJane Therese Curtin (born September 6, 1947) is an American actress and comedian. She is sometimes referred to as "Queen of the Deadpan"; The Philadelphia Inquirer once called her a "refreshing drop... more
Birthplace: Des Moines, Iowa, USACloris Leachman (April 30, 1926 – January 26, 2021) was an American actress and comedian. In a career spanning over seven decades she won eight Primetime Emmy Awards, a Daytime Emmy Award, and an... more
Birthplace: Sea Cliff, New York, USAKathryn 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 Live... more
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of AmericaEstelle Getty (née Scher; also known as Estelle Gettleman; July 25, 1923 – July 22, 2008) was an American actress and comedian, who appeared in film, television, and theatre. She was best known for... more
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USAMegan Mullally (born November 12, 1958) is an American actress, comedian and singer. She is best known for her starring role as Karen Walker on the NBC sitcom Will & Grace (1998–2006, 2017–present),... more
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of AmericaBeatrice Arthur (born Bernice Frankel; May 13, 1922 – April 25, 2009) was an American actress and comedienne. Arthur began her career on stage in 1947 and made her Broadway debut in The Threepenny... more
Birthplace: USA, Florida, GainesvilleMaya Khabira Rudolph (born July 27, 1972) is an American actress, voice artist, comedian, and singer. Rudolph first gained prominence in the mid-1990s as a member of the alternative rock band The... more
Birthplace: Los Angeles, Inglewood, California, United States of AmericaVicki Ann Lawrence (born Vicki Ann Axelrad; born March 26, 1949), sometimes credited as Vicki Lawrence Schultz, is an American actress, comedian, and pop music singer known for the many characters... more
Birthplace: Brooklyn Heights, New York City, New York, United States of AmericaMary 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... more
Birthplace: Slough, United KingdomTracey Ullman (born 30 December 1959) is a British-American actress, comedian, singer, dancer, screenwriter, producer, director, author, and businesswoman. Her earliest appearances were on British... more
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of AmericaGoldie Jeanne Hawn (born November 21, 1945) is an American actress, producer, and singer. She rose to fame on the NBC sketch comedy program Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (1968–70), before going on to... more
Birthplace: New York City, USA, New YorkRhea Jo Perlman (born March 31, 1948) is an American actress and author, best known for her role as head-waitress Carla Tortelli on the sitcom Cheers from 1982 to 1993. Over the course of 11 seasons,... more
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of AmericaJoan Mary Cusack (; born October 11, 1962) is an American actress and comedian. She received Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress for her roles in the romantic comedy-drama Working... more