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.
Birthplace: San Antonio, Texas, United States of AmericaCarol Creighton Burnett (born April 26, 1933) is an American actress, comedian, singer and... more
Birthplace: Oak Park, Illinois, United States of AmericaBetty Marion White Ludden (born January 17, 1922) is an American actress and comedian, with... more
Birthplace: Jamestown, New York, United States of AmericaLucille Désirée Ball (August 6, 1911 – April 26, 1989) was an American actress, comedian,... more
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of AmericaGilda Susan Radner (June 28, 1946 – May 20, 1989) was an American comedian and actress who was... more
Birthplace: Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, United States of AmericaElizabeth Stamatina "Tina" Fey (born May 18, 1970) is an American actress, comedian, writer,... more
Birthplace: Canandaigua, New York, United States of AmericaKristen Carroll Wiig (; born August 22, 1973) is an American actress, comedian, writer, and... more
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, USAMadeline Gail Kahn (born Madeline Gail Wolfson; September 29, 1942 – December 3, 1999) was an... more
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of AmericaJulia Scarlett Elizabeth Louis-Dreyfus Hall (; born January 13, 1961) is an American actress,... more
Birthplace: Plainfield, Illinois, United States of AmericaMelissa Ann McCarthy (born August 26, 1970) is an American actress, comedian, writer,... more
Birthplace: Newton, Massachusetts, United States of AmericaAmy Meredith Poehler (; born September 16, 1971) is an American actress, comedian, director,... more
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of AmericaMary Jean "Lily" Tomlin (born September 1, 1939) is an American actress, comedian, writer,... more
Birthplace: Toronto, CanadaCatherine Anne O'Hara (born March 4, 1954) is a Canadian actress, writer, and comedian. She... more
Birthplace: Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of AmericaJane Therese Curtin (born September 6, 1947) is an American actress and comedian. She is... more
Birthplace: Sea Cliff, New York, United States of AmericaKathryn McKinnon Berthold (born January 6, 1984) is an American actress, comedian, and... more
Birthplace: Des Moines, Iowa, United States of AmericaCloris Leachman (April 30, 1926 – January 26, 2021) was an American actress and comedian. In a... more
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of AmericaEstelle Getty (née Scher; also known as Estelle Gettleman; July 25, 1923 – July 22, 2008) was... more
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of AmericaMegan Mullally (born November 12, 1958) is an American actress, comedian and singer. She is... more
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of AmericaBeatrice Arthur (born Bernice Frankel; May 13, 1922 – April 25, 2009) was an American actress... more
Birthplace: Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States of AmericaChristina Applegate (born November 25, 1971) is an American actress and dancer. As an... more
Birthplace: Brooklyn Heights, New York City, New York, United States of AmericaMary Tyler Moore is an American actress, primarily known for her roles in television sitcoms.... more
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Birthplace: Inglewood, Los Angeles, California, United States of AmericaVicki Ann Lawrence (born Vicki Ann Axelrad; born March 26, 1949), sometimes credited as Vicki... more
Birthplace: USA, Florida, GainesvilleMaya Khabira Rudolph (born July 27, 1972) is an American actress, voice artist, comedian, and... more
Birthplace: South East England, Eurasia, Slough, United Kingdom, EnglandTracey Ullman (born 30 December 1959) is a British-American actress, comedian, singer, dancer,... more
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of AmericaJoan Mary Cusack (; born October 11, 1962) is an American actress and comedian. She received... more
Birthplace: USA, Shaker Heights, OhioMolly Helen Shannon (born September 16, 1964) is an American actress and comedian who was a... more