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The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time 

Kel Varnsen
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Updated May 30, 2020 266.3k votes 17.3k voters 1.1M views 286 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

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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

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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: USA, New York, Canandaigua

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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: 54

Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA

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

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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, United States of America

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

Birthplace: Des Moines, Iowa, USA

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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: Brooklyn Heights, New York City, New York, United States of America

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Catherine O'Hara is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
Age: 64

Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

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Goldie Hawn is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
Age: 73

Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America

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Vicki Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
LonnieGleason added Vicki Lawrence Age: 69

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

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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

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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

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Estelle Getty is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time
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Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

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