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The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time

Updated November 24, 2020 249.9k votes 18.0k voters 1.1m views278 items

List RulesThe 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
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    BirthplaceSan Antonio, Texas, United States of America

    Carol Creighton Burnett (born April 26, 1933) is an American actress, comedian, singer and... more on Wikipedia
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    Lucille Ball
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    Lucille Ball

    Dec. at 78 (1911-1989)

    BirthplaceJamestown, New York, United States of America

    Lucille Désirée Ball (August 6, 1911 – April 26, 1989) was an American actress, comedian,... more on Wikipedia

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    Betty White
    4,375
    1,430

    BirthplaceOak Park, Illinois, United States of America

    Betty Marion White Ludden (born January 17, 1922) is an American actress and comedian, with... more on Wikipedia
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    Gilda Radner
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    Gilda Radner

    Dec. at 43 (1946-1989)

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan, United States of America

    Gilda Susan Radner (June 28, 1946 – May 20, 1989) was an American comedian and actress who was... more on Wikipedia
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    Madeline Kahn
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    Madeline Kahn

    Dec. at 57 (1942-1999)

    BirthplaceBoston, Massachusetts, United States of America

    Madeline Gail Kahn (born Madeline Gail Wolfson; September 29, 1942 – December 3, 1999) was an... more on Wikipedia

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    Melissa McCarthy
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    BirthplacePlainfield, Illinois, USA

    Melissa Ann McCarthy (born August 26, 1970) is an American actress, comedian, writer,... more on Wikipedia

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    Julia Louis-Dreyfus
    2,726
    1,448

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Julia Scarlett Elizabeth Louis-Dreyfus Hall (; born January 13, 1961) is an American actress,... more on Wikipedia
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    Kristen Wiig
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    1,571

    BirthplaceCanandaigua, New York, United States of America

    Kristen Carroll Wiig (; born August 22, 1973) is an American actress, comedian, writer, and... more on Wikipedia

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    Tina Fey
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    Tina Fey

    Age: 50

    BirthplaceUpper Darby, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Elizabeth Stamatina "Tina" Fey (born May 18, 1970) is an American actress, comedian, writer,... more on Wikipedia
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    Lily Tomlin
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    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan, USA

    Mary Jean "Lily" Tomlin (born September 1, 1939) is an American actress, comedian, writer,... more on Wikipedia

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    Amy Poehler
    3,234
    1,804

    BirthplaceNewton, Massachusetts, United States of America

    Amy Meredith Poehler (; born September 16, 1971) is an American actress, comedian, director,... more on Wikipedia
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    Kate McKinnon
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    505

    BirthplaceSea Cliff, New York, United States of America

    Kathryn McKinnon Berthold (born January 6, 1984) is an American actress, comedian, and... more on Wikipedia

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    Jane Curtin
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    BirthplaceCambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

    Jane Therese Curtin (born September 6, 1947) is an American actress and comedian. She is... more on Wikipedia

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    Megan Mullally
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    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, USA

    Megan Mullally (born November 12, 1958) is an American actress, comedian and singer. She is... more on Wikipedia

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    Estelle Getty
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    543

    Estelle Getty

    Dec. at 85 (1923-2008)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, USA

    Estelle Getty (née Scher; also known as Estelle Gettleman; July 25, 1923 – July 22, 2008) was... more on Wikipedia
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    Cloris Leachman
    1,388
    798

    BirthplaceDes Moines, Iowa, United States of America

    Cloris Leachman (born April 30, 1926) is an American actress and comedian. In a career... more on Wikipedia
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    Catherine O'Hara
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    BirthplaceToronto, Canada

    Catherine Anne O'Hara (born March 4, 1954) is a Canadian actress, writer, and comedian. She... more on Wikipedia

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    Bea Arthur
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    Bea Arthur

    Dec. at 87 (1922-2009)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Beatrice Arthur (born Bernice Frankel; May 13, 1922 – April 25, 2009) was an American actress... more on Wikipedia
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    Mary Tyler Moore
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    BirthplaceBrooklyn Heights, New York City, New York, United States of America

    Mary Tyler Moore is an American actress, primarily known for her roles in television sitcoms.... more on Wikipedia
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    Vicki Lawrence
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    Vicki Lawrence

    Age: 71

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, Inglewood, California, United States of America

    Vicki Ann Lawrence (born Vicki Ann Axelrad; born March 26, 1949), sometimes credited as Vicki... more on Wikipedia

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    Christina Applegate
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    BirthplaceHollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

    Christina Applegate (born November 25, 1971) is an American actress and dancer. As an... more on Wikipedia

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    Rhea Perlman
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    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York

    Rhea Jo Perlman (born March 31, 1948) is an American actress and author, best known for her... more on Wikipedia

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    Joan Cusack
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    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Joan Mary Cusack (; born October 11, 1962) is an American actress and comedian. She received... more on Wikipedia

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    Ellen DeGeneres
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    BirthplaceMetairie, Louisiana, United States of America

    Ellen Lee DeGeneres ( də-JEN-ər-əs; born January 26, 1958) is an American comedian, television... more on Wikipedia

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    Tracey Ullman
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    BirthplaceSlough, United Kingdom

    Tracey Ullman (born 30 December 1959) is a British-American actress, comedian, singer, dancer,... more on Wikipedia

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