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The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time

Updated January 29, 2021 257.6k votes 18.6k voters 1.1m views282 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 Burnett1
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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
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  • Betty White2
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    BirthplaceOak Park, Illinois, United States of America

    Betty Marion White Ludden (born January 17, 1922) is an American actress and comedian, with...  more
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  • Lucille Ball3
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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
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  • Gilda Radner4
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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
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  • Tina Fey5
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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
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  • Kristen Wiig6
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    BirthplaceCanandaigua, New York, United States of America

    Kristen Carroll Wiig (; born August 22, 1973) is an American actress, comedian, writer, and...  more
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  • Madeline Kahn7
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    Madeline Kahn

    Dec. at 57 (1942-1999)

    BirthplaceBoston, Massachusetts, USA

    Madeline Gail Kahn (born Madeline Gail Wolfson; September 29, 1942 – December 3, 1999) was an...  more
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  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus8
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    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Julia Scarlett Elizabeth Louis-Dreyfus Hall (; born January 13, 1961) is an American actress,...  more
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  • Amy Poehler9
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    BirthplaceNewton, Massachusetts, United States of America

    Amy Meredith Poehler (; born September 16, 1971) is an American actress, comedian, director,...  more
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  • Melissa McCarthy10
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    BirthplacePlainfield, Illinois, United States of America

    Melissa Ann McCarthy (born August 26, 1970) is an American actress, comedian, writer,...  more
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  • Lily Tomlin11
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    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan, United States of America

    Mary Jean "Lily" Tomlin (born September 1, 1939) is an American actress, comedian, writer,...  more
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  • Jane Curtin12
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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
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  • Catherine O'Hara13
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    BirthplaceToronto, Canada

    Catherine Anne O'Hara (born March 4, 1954) is a Canadian actress, writer, and comedian. She...  more
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  • Kate McKinnon14
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    BirthplaceSea Cliff, New York, United States of America

    Kathryn McKinnon Berthold (born January 6, 1984) is an American actress, comedian, and...  more
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  • Cloris Leachman15
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    BirthplaceDes Moines, Iowa, United States of America

    Cloris Leachman (April 30, 1926 – January 26, 2021) was an American actress and comedian. In a...  more
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  • Estelle Getty16
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    Estelle Getty

    Dec. at 85 (1923-2008)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Estelle Getty (née Scher; also known as Estelle Gettleman; July 25, 1923 – July 22, 2008) was...  more
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  • Megan Mullally17
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    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

    Megan Mullally (born November 12, 1958) is an American actress, comedian and singer. She is...  more
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  • Bea Arthur18
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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
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  • Mary Tyler Moore19
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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
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  • Christina Applegate20
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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
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  • Vicki Lawrence21
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    Vicki Lawrence

    Age: 71

    BirthplaceInglewood, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

    Vicki Ann Lawrence (born Vicki Ann Axelrad; born March 26, 1949), sometimes credited as Vicki...  more
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  • Tracey Ullman22
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    BirthplaceSouth East England, Eurasia, Slough, United Kingdom, England

    Tracey Ullman (born 30 December 1959) is a British-American actress, comedian, singer, dancer,...  more
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  • Joan Cusack23
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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
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  • Maya Rudolph24
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    BirthplaceUSA, Florida, Gainesville

    Maya Khabira Rudolph (born July 27, 1972) is an American actress, voice artist, comedian, and...  more
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  • Molly Shannon25
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    BirthplaceUSA, Shaker Heights, Ohio

    Molly Helen Shannon (born September 16, 1964) is an American actress and comedian who was a...  more
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