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The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time

Updated January 29, 2021 257.9k votes 18.6k voters 1.1m views282 items

List RulesThe 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 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.

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  • Jean Stapleton28
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    Jean Stapleton

    Dec. at 90 (1923-2013)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

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    Dec. at 95 (1917-2012)

    BirthplaceLima, Ohio, United States of America

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  • Katey Sagal30
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  • Ellen DeGeneres31
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    Ellen Lee DeGeneres ( də-JEN-ər-əs; born January 26, 1958) is an American comedian, television...  more
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  • Aubrey Plaza32
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  • Anna Faris33
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    Anna Faris

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    BirthplaceBaltimore, Maryland, United States of America

    Anna Kay Faris (; born November 29, 1976) is an American actress, voice artist, producer,...  more
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  • Wanda Sykes34
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    Wanda Yvette Sykes (born March 7, 1964) is an American actress, comedian, and writer. She was...  more
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  • Doris Roberts35
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    BirthplaceSt. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

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  • Joan Rivers37
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    Joan Rivers

    Dec. at 81 (1933-2014)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

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  • Elizabeth Banks38
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    BirthplacePittsfield, Berkshire County, United States of America, United States, with Territories

    Elizabeth Banks (born February 10, 1974) is an American actress, director, writer, and...  more
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  • Penny Marshall39
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    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York

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  • Rue McClanahan40
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    Rue McClanahan

    Dec. at 76 (1934-2010)

    BirthplaceHealdton, Oklahoma, United States of America

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    Vivian Vance

    Dec. at 70 (1909-1979)

    BirthplaceCherryvale, Kansas, United States of America

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  • Bernadette Peters42
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    BirthplaceOzone Park, New York City, New York, United States of America

    Bernadette Peters (born Bernadette Lazzara; February 28, 1948) is an American actress, singer,...  more
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  • Gracie Allen43
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    Dec. at 69 (1895-1964)

    BirthplaceCalifornia, United States of America

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    BirthplaceCarbondale, Illinois, United States of America

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    BirthplaceVirginia, United States of America

    Sandra Annette Bullock (; born July 26, 1964) is an American actress, producer, and...  more
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    BirthplaceSevierville, Tennessee, United States of America

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  • Jane Krakowski48
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    BirthplaceParsippany-Troy Hills, New Jersey, USA

    Jane Krakowski (; born Jane Krajkowski; October 11, 1968) is an American actress and singer....  more
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  • Fran Drescher49
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    BirthplaceKew Gardens, New York City, New York, United States of America

    Francine Joy Drescher (born September 30, 1957) is an American actress, comedian, writer and...  more
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  • Kristen Bell50
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    BirthplaceHuntington Woods, Michigan, United States of America

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