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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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    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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    Lucille Ball
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    1,308

    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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    Carol Burnett
    4,042
    1,223

    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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    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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    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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    Kristen Wiig
    2,942
    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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    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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    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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    Ellen DeGeneres
    3,723
    2,530

    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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    Lily Tomlin
    2,319
    1,252

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan, USA

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

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    Melissa McCarthy
    3,109
    1,649

    BirthplacePlainfield, Illinois, USA

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

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    Joan Rivers
    2,538
    1,829

    Joan Rivers

    Dec. at 81 (1933-2014)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Joan Alexandra Molinsky (June 8, 1933 – September 4, 2014), known professionally as Joan... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Cloris Leachman
    1,388
    797

    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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    Madeline Kahn
    1,746
    864

    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
  • 15
    Maya Rudolph
    1,905
    1,282

    BirthplaceGainesville, Florida, United States of America

    Maya Khabira Rudolph (born July 27, 1972) is an American actress, voice artist, comedian, and... more on Wikipedia
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    Mary Tyler Moore
    1,651
    992

    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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    Phyllis Diller
    1,694
    1,154

    Phyllis Diller

    Dec. at 95 (1917-2012)

    BirthplaceUSA, Lima, Ohio

    Phyllis Ada Diller (July 17, 1917 – August 20, 2012) was an American actress and stand-up... more on Wikipedia

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    Sarah Silverman
    2,096
    2,063

    BirthplaceManchester, New Hampshire, USA

    Sarah Kate Silverman (born December 1, 1970) is an American stand-up comedian, actress,... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Jane Lynch
    1,749
    1,407

    Jane Lynch

    Age: 60

    BirthplaceDolton, Illinois, United States of America

    Jane Marie Lynch (born July 14, 1960) is an American actress, voice actress, author, singer... more on Wikipedia
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    Wanda Sykes
    2,279
    1,639

    BirthplacePortsmouth, Virginia, United States of America

    Wanda Yvette Sykes (born March 7, 1964) is an American actress, comedian, and writer. She was... more on Wikipedia
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    Tracey Ullman
    1,374
    893

    BirthplaceSlough, United Kingdom

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

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    Kate McKinnon
    1,375
    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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    Goldie Hawn
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    BirthplaceWashington, D.C., United States of America

    Goldie Jeanne Hawn (born November 21, 1945) is an American actress, producer, and singer. She... more on Wikipedia

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    Catherine O'Hara
    1,410
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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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    Jane Curtin
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    670

    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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