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The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time 

Kel Varnsen
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Updated February 19, 2020 260.6k votes 17k voters 1M views 283 items

List Rules The 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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Carol Burnett is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
Age: 85

Birthplace: San Antonio, Texas, United States of America

Carol 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

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Lucille Ball is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
SalvatoreIanni added Dec. at 78 (1911-1989)

Birthplace: Jamestown, New York, United States of America

Lucille 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 ...more

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Betty White is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
Sydni added Age: 97

Birthplace: Oak Park, Illinois, United States of America

Betty 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 ...more

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Tina Fey is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
Age: 48

Birthplace: Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Elizabeth 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 ...more

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Amy Poehler is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
Age: 47

Birthplace: Newton, Massachusetts, United States of America

Amy 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 ...more

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Ellen DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
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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Gilda Radner is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
Dec. at 43 (1946-1989)

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America

Gilda 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 ...more

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Kristen Wiig is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
Age: 45

Birthplace: Canandaigua, New York, United States of America

Kristen 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 ...more

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Melissa McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
Age: 48

Birthplace: Plainfield, Illinois, United States of America

Melissa 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 ...more

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
Mark Holmes added Age: 58

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Julia 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 ...more

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Lily Tomlin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
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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Madeline Kahn is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
bdeitur added Dec. at 57 (1942-1999)

Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Madeline 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 ...more

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#90 of 940 The Best Actresses in Film History #90 of 362 The Funniest People of All Time #607 of 2,004 The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

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Cloris Leachman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
Age: 92

Birthplace: Des Moines, Iowa, United States of America

Cloris Leachman (born April 30, 1926) is an American actress and comedian. In a career spanning over seven decades she has won eight Primetime Emmy Awards, a Daytime Emmy Award, and an Academy ...more

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Mary Tyler Moore is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
Age: 82

Birthplace: New York City, Brooklyn Heights, USA, New York

Mary 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 ...more

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Bea Arthur is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
Dec. at 87 (1922-2009)

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

Beatrice 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 ...more

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Jane Curtin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
bdeitur added Age: 71

Birthplace: Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

Jane 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 ...more

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Phyllis Diller is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
Dec. at 95 (1917-2012)

Birthplace: USA, Lima, Ohio

Phyllis Ada Diller (July 17, 1917 – August 20, 2012) was an American actress and stand-up comedian, best known for her eccentric stage persona, her self-deprecating humor, her wild hair and ...more

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Tracey Ullman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
bdeitur added Age: 59

Birthplace: Slough, England

Tracey Ullman (born 30 December 1959) is a British-American actress, comedian, singer, dancer, screenwriter, producer, director, author, and businesswoman. Her earliest appearances were on ...more

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Wanda Sykes is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
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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Goldie Hawn is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
Age: 73

Birthplace: Contiguous United States, United States of America, United States, with Territories, Area code 202, + more

Goldie 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 ...more

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Vicki Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
LonnieGleason added Vicki Lawrence Age: 69

Birthplace: Inglewood, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Vicki 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 ...more

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Catherine O'Hara is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
Age: 64

Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Catherine 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 ...more

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Kate McKinnon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
Teanene added 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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Maya Rudolph is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
Age: 46

Birthplace: USA, Florida, Gainesville

Maya 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 ...more

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Estelle Getty is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
AugustKnight added Dec. at 85 (1923-2008)

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

Estelle 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 ...more

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