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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 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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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 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) 3 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
age 85
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) 4 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
Sydni added age 97
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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Amy Poehler is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
age 47
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 45
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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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 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) 8 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
Mark Holmes added age 58
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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Ellen DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
age 61
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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Lily Tomlin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
age 79
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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Melissa McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
age 48
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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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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Madeline Kahn is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Cloris Leachman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
age 92
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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Maya Rudolph is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
age 46
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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Sarah Silverman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
age 48
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, having her comic ...more
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Mary Tyler Moore is listed (or ranked) 17 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) 18 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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Jane Lynch is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
age 58
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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Tracey Ullman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
bdeitur added age 59
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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Wanda Sykes is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Kate McKinnon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
Teanene added age 35
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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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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Lisa Kudrow is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
age 55
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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Jane Curtin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
bdeitur added age 71
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