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The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time  

Kel Varnsen
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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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Tina Fey is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
age 48
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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Lucille Ball is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
SalvatoreIanni added Dec. at 78 (1911-1989)
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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Carol Burnett is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
age 85
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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Betty White is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
Sydni added age 97
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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Amy Poehler is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
age 47
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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Kristen Wiig is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
age 42
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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Gilda Radner is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
Dec. at 43 (1946-1989)
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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Julia Louis-Dreyfus is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
Mark Holmes added age 58
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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Ellen DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
age 57
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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Lily Tomlin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
age 76
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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Melissa McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
age 48
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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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 (June 8, 1933 – September 4, 2014), known professionally as Joan Rivers, was an American comedian, actress, writer, producer, and television host. She was noted for her ...more
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Cloris Leachman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
age 92
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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Madeline Kahn is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
bdeitur added Dec. at 57 (1942-1999)
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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Maya Rudolph is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
age 46
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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Mary Tyler Moore is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
age 82
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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Phyllis Diller is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
Dec. at 95 (1917-2012)
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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Sarah Silverman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
age 45
Sarah Kate Silverman (born December 1, 1970) is an American stand-up comedian, actress, singer, producer, and writer. Her comedy addresses social taboos and controversial topics, such as racism, ...more
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Jane Lynch is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
age 58
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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Wanda Sykes is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
age 54
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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Tracey Ullman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
bdeitur added age 59
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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Kate McKinnon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
Teanene added age 35
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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Jane Curtin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
bdeitur added age 71
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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Goldie Hawn is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
age 73
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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Catherine O'Hara is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
age 64
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