Comedy The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time  

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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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Lucille Ball is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
SalvatoreIanni added Dec. at 78 (1911-1989) Lucille Désirée Ball was an American actress, comedian, model, and film studio executive. She was the star of the sitcoms I Love Lucy, The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour, The Lucy Show, ...more

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Carol Burnett is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
age 84 Carol Creighton Burnett is an American actress, comedian, singer, and writer. She is best known for her long-running TV variety show, The Carol Burnett Show, for CBS. She has achieved success on ...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 96 Betty White Ludden, known professionally as Betty White, is an American actress, comedienne, author, producer, radio host, singer, and television personality. In 2013, the Guinness World Records ...more

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Tina Fey is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
age 47 Elizabeth Stamatina "Tina" Fey is an American actress, comedian, writer, and producer. She is best known for her work on the NBC sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live, the ...more

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Amy Poehler is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
age 46 Amy Meredith Poehler is an American actress, comedian, voice artist, director, producer and writer. She was raised in Burlington, Massachusetts, graduated from Boston College in 1993 and moved ...more

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Kristen Wiig is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
age 44 Kristen Carroll Wiig is an American actress, comedian, writer, and producer, well known for her work on the NBC sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live, and such films as Knocked Up, Walk Hard: ...more

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Ellen DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
age 60 Ellen Lee DeGeneres is an American comedian, television host, actress, writer, and producer. She was the star in the popular sitcom Ellen from 1994 to 1998, and has hosted her syndicated talk ...more

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Gilda Radner is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
Dec. at 43 (1946-1989) Gilda Susan Radner was an American comedian and actress. She was best remembered as an original cast member of the hit NBC sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live, for which she won an Emmy Award ...more

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
Mark Holmes added age 57 Julia Scarlett Elizabeth Louis-Dreyfus is an American actress, comedian, and producer. She is known for her television work on Seinfeld, The New Adventures of Old Christine, and Veep, which she ...more

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Melissa McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
age 47 Melissa Ann McCarthy is an American actress, comedian, writer and producer. McCarthy first gained recognition for her role as Sookie St. James on the television series Gilmore Girls. On the ABC ...more

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Lily Tomlin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
age 78 Mary Jean "Lily" Tomlin is an American actress, comedian, writer, and producer. She has been a major force in American comedy since the late 1960s, when she began a career as a ...more

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Joan Rivers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
Dec. at 81 (1933-2014) Joan Alexandra Molinsky, known as Joan Rivers, was an American actress, comedian, writer, producer, and television host noted for her often controversial comedic persona — where she was ...more

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Phyllis Diller is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
Dec. at 95 (1917-2012) Phyllis Ada Driver, better known as Phyllis Diller, was an American stand-up comedian, actress, singer, dancer, and voice artist, best known for her eccentric stage persona, her self-deprecating ...more

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Maya Rudolph is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
age 45 Maya Khabira Rudolph is an American actress and comedian. She rose to prominence on the NBC television show Saturday Night Live, where she was a cast member from 2000 to 2007. She has also ...more

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Wanda Sykes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
age 54 Wanda Sykes is an American writer, comedian, actress, and voice artist. She earned the 1999 Emmy Award for her writing on The Chris Rock Show. In 2004, Entertainment Weekly named Sykes as one of ...more

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Jane Lynch is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
age 57 Jane Marie Lynch is an American actress, singer, and comedian. She gained fame in Christopher Guest's improv mockumentary pictures such as Best in Show. Lynch's television cameos include an ...more

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Sarah Silverman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
age 47 Sarah Kate Silverman is an American stand-up comedian, writer, producer and actress. Her satirical comedy addresses social taboos and controversial topics, such as racism, sexism and religion, ...more

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Cloris Leachman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
age 91 Cloris Leachman is an American actress of stage, film, and television. She has won eight Primetime Emmy Awards and one Daytime Emmy Award. She co-starred in the 1971 film The Last Picture Show ...more

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Mary Tyler Moore is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
age 81 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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Madeline Kahn is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
bdeitur added Dec. at 57 (1942-1999) Madeline Kahn was an American actress, comedienne and singer. A two-time Academy Award nominee, she also won an Emmy Award and a Tony Award. Kahn made her Broadway debut in Leonard Sillman's New ...more

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Lisa Kudrow is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
age 54 Lisa Valerie Kudrow is an American actress, comedian, writer and producer. She gained worldwide recognition for her ten-season run as Phoebe Buffay on the television sitcom Friends, for which ...more

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Tracey Ullman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
bdeitur added age 58 Tracey Ullman is an English-American stage and television actress, comedian, singer, dancer, director, author, and screenwriter of dual British and American citizenship. Her early appearances ...more

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Catherine O'Hara is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
age 64 Catherine Anne O'Hara is a Canadian-American actress, writer and comedian. She is well known for her comedy work on SCTV and her roles in the films After Hours, Beetlejuice, Home Alone, Home ...more

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Bea Arthur is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
Dec. at 87 (1922-2009) Beatrice "Bea" Arthur was an American actress, comedian, and singer whose career spanned seven decades. Arthur achieved fame as the character Maude Findlay on the 1970s sitcoms All in ...more

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Sandra Bullock is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
GregM.Reyes added age 53 Sandra Annette Bullock is an American actress and film producer. She is one of Hollywood's highest-paid actresses, and is the recipient of one Academy Award from two nominations, and one Golden ...more

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Jane Curtin is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
bdeitur added age 70 Jane Therese Curtin 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 of ...more

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Goldie Hawn is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
age 72 Goldie Jeanne Hawn is an American actress, film director, producer, and occasional singer. Hawn is known for her roles in television's Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In and films such as The ...more

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Whoopi Goldberg is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
age 62 Whoopi Goldberg is an American actress, comedienne, political activist, writer, producer, and television host. Although Goldberg made her film debut in the avant-garde ensemble film Citizen: I'm ...more

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Amy Schumer is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
ShawnJS1981 added age 36 Amy Beth Schumer is an American stand-up comedian, writer, producer, and actress. She placed fourth on the fifth season of NBC's Last Comic Standing, and she placed second on Comedy Central's ...more

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Vicki Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
LonnieGleason added age 69 Victoria Ann "Vicki" Lawrence is an American actress, comedian and singer. She is perhaps best known for the many characters she originated on CBS's The Carol Burnett Show where she ...more

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Molly Shannon is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
looksharp added age 53 Molly Helen Shannon is an American comic actress best known for her work as a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1995 to 2001 and for starring in the films Superstar and Year of the Dog. ...more

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Rita Rudner is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
greatgeezer added age 64 Rita Rudner is an American comedian, writer and actress.

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Chelsea Handler is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
age 43 Chelsea Handler has become one of entertainment’s most sought-after and versatile rising stars. In July 2007, Handler broke into the world of late night talk shows with her E! series, Chelsea ...more

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Zooey Deschanel is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
age 38 Zooey Claire Deschanel is an American actress, singer-songwriter, and musician. In 1999, Deschanel made her film debut in Mumford, followed by her breakout role as Anita Miller in Cameron ...more

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Roseanne Barr is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
age 65 Roseanne Cherrie Barr is an American actress, comedian, writer, television producer, director, and 2012 presidential nominee of the California-based Peace and Freedom Party. Barr began her ...more

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Janeane Garofalo is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
age 51 Janeane Garofalo is an American film actress, stand-up comedian, liberal political activist, and writer. Garofalo began her career as a stand-up comedian and became a cast member on the Ben ...more

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Estelle Getty is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
AugustKnight added Dec. at 85 (1923-2008) Estelle Scher-Gettleman, better known by her stage name Estelle Getty, was an American actress and comedienne, who appeared in film, television, and theatre. She was best known for her role as ...more

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Jean Stapleton is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
AugustKnight added Dec. at 90 (1923-2013) Jean Stapleton was an American character actress of stage, television and film. Stapleton is best known for having portrayed Edith Bunker, the long-suffering, yet devoted wife of Archie Bunker ...more

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Katey Sagal is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
AugustKnight added age 64 Catherine Louise "Katey" Sagal is an American actress and singer-songwriter. She is best known for her role as Peggy Bundy, Al's sarcastic, lazy, bon-bon-eating wife, on Married... ...more

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Anna Faris is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
AugustKnight added age 41 Anna Kay Faris is an American actress and singer. She is known for her comedic roles as Cindy Campbell in the Wayans brothers' Scary Movie film series, Kelly in Lost in Translation, Shelley in ...more

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Alyson Hannigan is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
age 44 Alyson Lee Hannigan is an American actress. She is best known for her roles as Willow Rosenberg in the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Lily Aldrin on the CBS sitcom How I Met Your ...more

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Doris Roberts is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
age 92 Doris May Roberts is an American character actress of film, stage, and television. She has received five Emmy Awards and a Screen Actors Guild award during her acting career, which began in ...more

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Elizabeth Banks is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
RioDuran added age 44 Elizabeth Irene Banks (born February 10, 1974) is an American actress, director, and producer. Banks made her film debut in the low-budget independent film Surrender Dorothy (1998), and is known ...more

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Kate McKinnon is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
Teanene added age 34 Kate McKinnon Berthold, commonly known as Kate McKinnon, is an American actress, voice actress, and comedian. She is best known for her sketch comedy work as a cast member on Saturday Night Live ...more

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Bernadette Peters is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
AugustKnight added age 70 Bernadette Peters is an American actress, singer and children's book author. Over the course of a career that has spanned five decades, she has starred in musical theatre, films and television, ...more

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Christina Applegate is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
AugustKnight added age 46 Christina Applegate is an American actress and dancer who gained fame as a child actress, playing the role of Kelly Bundy on the Fox sitcom Married... with Children. In her adult years, ...more

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Cheri Oteri is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
age 55 Cheri Oteri is an American comic actress, best known for her roles as a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1995 to 2000.

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Joan Cusack is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
AugustKnight added age 55 Joan Cusack is an American actress. She received Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress for her roles in the romantic comedy-drama Working Girl and the romantic comedy In & ...more

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Margaret Cho is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
age 49 Margaret Moran Cho is an American comedian, fashion designer, actress, author, and singer-songwriter. Cho is best known for her stand-up routines, through which she critiques social and ...more

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Amy Sedaris is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
TomChristensen added age 57 Amy Louise Sedaris is an American actress, author, and comedian. She is known for playing Jerri Blank in the Comedy Central television series Strangers with Candy. She regularly collaborates ...more