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 poll. 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 adding her or voting her up below!
Lucille Ball is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
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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, Here's Lucy, and Life with Lucy. Ball's career in the spotlight began in 1929, when she landed work as a model. Shortly thereafter, Lucille began her performing career on Broadway using the stage name Diane Belmont and Dianne Belmont. She performed many small movie roles in the 1930s and 1940s as a contract player for RKO Radio Pictures, being cast as a chorus girl, or in similar roles, and was dubbed the "Queen of the Bs". In the midst of her work as a control player for RKO, Ball met Cuban bandleader Desi Arnaz. The ...more

Credits: I Love Lucy, The Lucy Show, Here's Lucy, Yours, Mine and Ours

Age: Died at 78 (1911-1989)

Birthplace: Jamestown, New York, United States of America

Profession: Comedian, Television producer, Model, Actor, Singer

Cause Of Death: Aortic dissection

Place Of Death: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Children: Desi Arnaz, Jr., Lucie Arnaz

Also Ranked

#16 on The Funniest People of All Time

#49 on The Best Actresses in Film History

#2 on The Best TV Actors of All Time

#30 on The Greatest American Actresses of All Time

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Tina Fey is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
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Tina Fey


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 critically acclaimed NBC comedy series 30 Rock, and films such as Mean Girls, Baby Mama, Date Night, and Muppets Most Wanted. Fey broke into comedy as a featured player in the Chicago-based improvisational comedy group The Second City. She then joined SNL as a writer, later becoming head writer and a performer, known for her position as co-anchor in the Weekend Update segment. In 2004, she co-starred in and wrote the screenplay for Mean Girls, which was adapted from the 2002 self-help book Queen Bees and Wannabes. After ...more

Credits: Saturday Night Live, Mean Girls, 30 Rock, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Age: 47

Birthplace: Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Profession: Comedian, Television producer, Musician, Screenwriter, Actor, + more

Schools: Beverly Hills Middle School, Upper Darby High School, University of Virginia

Major/Field Of Study: Drama

Children: Penelope Athena Richmond, Alice Zenobia Richmond

Also Ranked

#18 on The Funniest People of All Time

#8 on Famous Women You'd Want to Have a Beer With

#62 on The Best American Actresses Working Today

#32 on The Best TV Actors of All Time

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Carol Burnett is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
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Carol Burnett


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 stage, television, and film in varying genres including dramatic and comedy roles. After a difficult childhood in San Antonio, Texas with alcoholic parents, Burnett discovered acting and comedy in college. She performed in nightclubs in New York City and had a breakout success on Broadway in 1959 in Once Upon a Mattress, for which she received a Tony Award nomination. She soon made her television debut, regularly appearing on The Garry Moore Show for the next three years, and won her first Emmy Award ...more

Credits: The Carol Burnett Show, Horton Hears a Who!, Annie, The Secret World of Arrietty

Age: 84

Birthplace: San Antonio, Texas, United States of America

Profession: Comedian, Television producer, Actor, Voice acting, Singer, + more

Schools: University of California, Los Angeles, Hollywood High School

Children: Carrie Hamilton, Erin Hamilton, Jody Hamilton

Also Ranked

#38 on The Funniest People of All Time

#62 on Famous Women You'd Want to Have a Beer With

#79 on The Female Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like

#57 on The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time

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Betty White is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
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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 awarded White with having the longest television career for a female entertainer. To contemporary audiences, White is best known for her roles as Sue Ann Nivens on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Rose Nylund on The Golden Girls. The Writers Guild of America has included both sitcoms in its list of the 101 Best Written TV Series Of All Time. Since the death of co-star Rue McClanahan in 2010, she is the only surviving Golden Girl. Since 2010 she has starred as Elka Ostrovsky in the TV Land sitcom Hot in ...more

Credits: Bringing Down the House, The Golden Girls, The Match Game, Hot in Cleveland

Age: 96

Birthplace: Oak Park, Illinois, United States of America

Profession: Comedian, Television producer, Author, Actor, Voice acting, + more

Schools: Horace Mann School, Beverly Hills High School

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#29 on The Funniest People of All Time

#6 on Famous Women You'd Want to Have a Beer With

#48 on Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book

#52 on The Best Actresses Working Today

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