Funniest Female Comedians of All Time

This is the list of the funniest female comics. Some of them don't get the recognition they deserve so I am making a list to pay tribute to the many funny female comics.

The Top Ten

1 Joan Rivers Joan Rivers Joan Alexandra Molinsky, better known as Joan Rivers, was an American comedian, actress, writer, producer, and television host noted for her often controversial comedic persona - where she was alternately self-deprecating or sharply acerbic, especially toward celebrities and politicians.

This list went off the rails after number 3. JLD should be 2. why are Silverman lampanelli, and sykes even on here?

She was great

What a legend. Joan Rivers has to be named the most resilient female comedienne of all time. It is impossible to watch her and not laugh, no matter how rude, crude and filthy her jokes. Cannot beat Joan Rivers

Love and admire Joan. She's a tough cookie and takes no prisoners and has had an interesting life and is the funniest woman in America, in my opinion.

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2 Ellen DeGeneres Ellen DeGeneres Ellen Lee DeGeneres is an American comedian, television host, actress, writer, producer, and LGBT activist. DeGeneres starred in the popular sitcom Ellen from 1994 to 1998 and has hosted her syndicated TV talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, since 2003.

She is brilliant and hilariously funny! Also she has the ability to be completely herself and still be funny! A complete natural. Please put another picture of her though, there are millions of great ones!

She is my hero and source of inspiration

I love her in everyway, she genuinely wants to make people happy and she does using her every effort in everything she do!

Her show is awesome and she is a very likeable person that everyone can relate to. The famous people that go in her show are always open to her, because they know she is a professional in everything she does!

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3 Roseanne Barr Roseanne Barr Roseanne Cherrie Barr is an American actress, comedian, writer, television producer, director, and 2012 presidential nominee of the California-based Peace and Freedom Party.

Please come back!

If all you saw was her sitcom, see some standup clips. Unapologetically cranky and indifferent to others opinions, there's a reason her sitcom lasted so long.

Saw her live many years ago in LA. Gut busting laughs all night. Her wit matched the great comedians of the time!

One of the best if not the best. She holds her own

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4 Lisa Lampanelli Lisa Lampanelli Lisa Lampanelli, born Lisa Marie Lampugnale; July 19, 1961, is an American former stand-up comedian, actress and insult comic. Born in Trumbull, Connecticut, Lampanelli is one of three siblings and was born to a middle class family. She is known for her very ethnic humor, most notably racial minorities more.

The queen of mean, none other then Lisa Lampanelli! In my opinion, she's the only funny female comedian out there. Not only is she like the funniest female comedian, but she's like one of my top 10 favorite comedians of all time!

Lisa kills when you see her live. Make sure to check her out. She will be in a theater near you...

How could any one keep a straight face watching her what she says is true but in a funny way great entertainment lisa I could go ti her show over and over and bust a gut every time

she's not afraid to comment on any race... religon... I can't believe she even talks about jews

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5 Lucille Ball Lucille Ball

Lucille Ball is the absolute Queen of all Comedy. Her record of it goes back before many 'voters' parents were born.

Lucille Ball started the sitcom, almost every comedy show we watch on television today owes something to I Love Lucy. She was such a perfectionist and always got everything absolutely right, always the funniest it could be. I'm only a teenager, yet Lucy is my favourite actress.

Lucy ranks way above all of the above (Rosanne Barr, Ellen,Lisa L., Joan Rivers,). She was a true class act, incredibly talented,and beautiful as well. Lucy never had to resort to trash. None can even come close.What an icon!

She is voted the first by T.V. guide, and she deserves it! No sexual innuendos, violence, low taste, violence, and she could make people roll on the floor and laugh!

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6 Kathy Griffin Kathy Griffin Kathleen Mary "Kathy" Griffin is an American actress, comedian, writer, producer, and television host.

Sure she is a fame loving camera whore but no one makes fun of celebrities better than her! - Apples007

I would like to see some comedy skits from kathy griffin on netflix

She has no facial expression! I feel like she shows no emotion and did not like her on fashion police.

Love her, so funny

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7 Carol Burnett Carol Burnett Carol Creighton Burnett is an American actress, comedian, singer, and writer, whose career spans six decades of television.

She was a class act. Didn't have to resort to vulgar or degrading jokes to be funny!

Superior to Kathy Griffin

Her comedy variety show outlasted them all from her day. She is the inspiration for many generations both male and female. Her sketch comedy goes back to the 1950's and no one made me laugh harder. She should be #1 instead of all the trash mouths.

This is the funniest female comedian of all time no disrespect to the others but she should be number one

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8 Sarah Silverman Sarah Silverman Sarah Kate Silverman (born December 1, 1970) is an American stand-up comedian, actress, producer, and writer. Her comedy addresses social taboos and controversial topics, such as racism, sexism, politics, and religion, sometimes having her comic character endorse them in a satirical or deadpan fashion. more.

She is not only very funny in every way possible, but she is very cute. I like her wit, her attitude towards life and says exactly what is on her mind. I think she is very real, truthful and speaks from the heart. Would like to sit down and chit chat with Sarah get to known her and laugh all day for a change.

Fearless and real. The timing of a genius.

Probably my #1 choice as she is a laugh out loud stand up that others on the list are not.

I disagree. Sarah has a long way to go before she's #1. Check Joan Rivers' resume

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9 Margaret Cho Margaret Cho Margaret Moran Cho is an American stand-up comedian, actress, fashion designer, author, and singer-songwriter.

Margaret Cho is by far the most inspirational and butt-bustingly hilarious comedian in our entire species. She is idolized by thousands of fans for her wit, delivery, but most importantly, her beautiful to-the-point message of equality and tolerance. She personally inspires me everyday.

I can listen to her tell stories about her family for hours. - Apples007

Love stories about her mother, oh how I can relate

Just funny! Not playing a stupid woman

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10 Maria Bamford Maria Bamford

I first knew who Maria was when I found out that she plays around 25 characters on Adventure Time (my favorite show of all time). I decided to take a look at her stand-up and she's crazy in all the right ways. It's like she has ten different personalities and a distinct voice and face for each one of them. Her style of comedy can be hit or miss sometimes, but when she's on, she's REALLY on. I don't think I've ever seen a comedian like her before. - phillysports

I second Maria Bamford. She's the only comedian who actually does edgy, original, dice-rolling comedy. Every other female comedian basically talks about how weird or stupid men are.

Actually funny, instead of just trying to push the boundaries of what women are supposed to be. That has its role, but doesn't always make for the best kind of comedy.

One of the best comedians out there today, hands down. And that's including both men and women. Her delivery style and the voices she uses are fantastic.

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The Contenders

11 Phyllis Diller Phyllis Diller Phyllis Ada Driver, better known as Phyllis Diller, was an American stand-up comedian, actress, singer, dancer, and voice artist, best known for her eccentric stage persona, her self-deprecating humor, her wild hair and clothes, and her exaggerated, cackling laugh.

Top shelf. Master of her craft. Never saw her out of character.

So amazing, raising kids an being a female starting out, back then, amazing.

None of these other women are even funny. I have seen funnier comediennes at a funeral. Phyllis I will give credit though.

Great comedian self effacing and extremely funny-- just loved her.

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12 Tina Fey Tina Fey Elizabeth Stamatina "Tina" Fey (born May 18, 1970) is an American actress, comedian, writer and producer. She is best known for her work on the NBC sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live.

Tina Fey should be #1 on this list. What the hell is wrong with you? She is the funniest woman of all time. Ellen isn't even all that funny. No one will remember Ellen and her shows in the future. Tina Fey and "30 Rock" will be remembered, just like "Seinfeld". Both "Seinfeld" and "30 Rock" will be remembered because they are timeless classics! The End.

C'mon She has her hit show 30 rock (its won countless emmy's)
She does the best Sarah Palin impression
and she made SNL hilarious.

Tina Fey is BY FAR the funniest on this list! Why is she not on top as number one? Perhaps the list is moderated by friends of the others...

Tina Fey has never done any stand up. She is really funny on snl and 30 rock, but she is not a comedian per say. Just a great comic writer.

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13 Betty White Betty White Betty White Ludden, known professionally as Betty White, is an American actress, animal rights activist, author, comedian, radio host, singer, and television personality.

15? Yet Kathy Griffin is at 5 oh my... switch the two that looks better. - htoutlaws2012

Funniest comedienne over the years. She has perfect comedic timing even as she has aged.

Why is she not higher on this list? This woman is walking comedic gold. I love her so much!

Betty White needs to be in the top 2. This list is jacked up.

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14 Wanda Sykes Wanda Sykes Wanda Sykes is an American comedian, writer, actress and voice artist. She was first recognized for her work as a writer on The Chris Rock Show, for which she won a Primetime Emmy Award in 1999. In 2004, Entertainment Weekly named Sykes as one of the 25 funniest people in America.

Wow I can't believe Wanda Sykes isn't number one! Or at least in the top five. She's so hilarious I love her

This woman is truly off the chain. Deserves much more attention than she gets. I love her on stage and on screen... Funny to the core... She makes you want to hang out with her she is so real.

My personal favorite female comedian. She's funny like a dude, and I mean that in a good way. She's smart, socially concious and isn't afraid to go dark at times. - LawsonComedy

Ellen is funny in a feel-good way she makes people happy. But Wanda Sykes is so hilarious that she makes people cry. So, based on the "Comedian", I vote for Wanda Sykes.

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15 Whoopi Goldberg Whoopi Goldberg Caryn Elaine Johnson, known professionally by her stage name Whoopi Goldberg, is an American actress, comedian, and television host.

Whoopi is so talented she was cast in movie after movie. Her roots however began with comedy. The "One Woman" shows she wrote and performed were brilliant. Serious subjects masked in comedic performances which brought you from unstoppable laughter to tears streaming down your face. I don't know how she is so far down, but then I have yet to see Lilly Tomlin's name so I most certainly disagree with these rankings.

Whoopi is definitely top 3. At the least.

Funny, very good acting in movies, but also her stand-up comedy has very funny jokes and tricks! - IceCream

LOVE HER! She is a Scorpio like me and I get everything she does! Would love to meet her someday!

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16 Loni Love
17 Judy Gold

She is so funny, she makes plain old stuff hilarious, especially mom humor.

18 Paula Poundstone

She would literally bring tears to my eyes, especially how quick she was interacting with audience. Her materially was extremely funny, but her interactions with audience were even funnier. Shows you she truly is a funny person.

Paula is a really underrated comedian.. She deserves to be credited with setting the bar.. Totally funny without being vulgar or offensive in any way!

Funny without being crude or vulgar!

One of the best!

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19 Janeane Garofalo

A Legend kind of like a female bill hicks just wish she would move to England and stop letting the stupid yanks bother her. I don't get how they pretend she is the crazy one.

Janeane Garofalo is my favorite comedian--male or female. She is smart/funny, i.e., she doesn't have to resort to being crass or gross to get a laugh. She makes you think when she's up there talking about her life and relationships and doesn't rely on cheap jokes about sex or body parts. She may drop the f-bomb during her set but only when its appropriate for the situation. I consider her an intellectual humorist. Love, love, love her!

Dry sarcasm filled with wit. - Apples007

Funny to think that she was in an episode of Seinfeld.
Janeane Garofolo also has great tattoos!
Someone I would like to meet

20 Whitney Cummings Whitney Cummings Whitney Cummings is an American comedienne and actress. She is known as the creator and star of the NBC sitcom Whitney, as well as the co-creator of the CBS sitcom 2 Broke Girls.

She is hilarious! Very real too.

Whitney is the queen of female comedians... Nobody else even comes close to her wit.

I have watched several comic's and I have never laughed so hard as I did when I watched her! She's awesome!

She's hot and hilarious

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21 Stevie Ryan
22 Julia Louis-Dreyfus Julia Louis-Dreyfus

What the Hell guys? Most of the women higher up on this list have been heavily inspired by JLD, and women in comedy wouldn't be how they are today without her crazy and boundary breaking antics on Seinfeld. Even today, she has proven to be consistent in her hilarity over her nearly 4 decade long comedy career. She has won 3 Emmys for her performance in Veep (sorry, Amy Poehler), and she will continue to succeed throughout the year. To rank her this low on the list is an atrocity that leads me to believe that none of the voters on this page have the slightest understanding of the foundations of comedy.

I liked her on Seinfeld

23 Gilda Radner Gilda Radner Gilda Susan Radner was an American comedian and actress. She was best remembered as an original cast member of the NBC sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live, for which she won an Emmy Award in 1978.

Funniest lady ever.

Gilda Radner was such a talented person and we were all so lucky to witness her incredible talent. It's hard to find a female sketch comedian nowadays that was not inspired by Gilda. She had her own unique comedic style that cannot be copied or replaced.

Oh, Gilda, you were BRILLIANT and we miss you terribly.

Gilda was hilarious on SNL!

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24 Kathleen Madigan

Kathleen is a very clever observationist & even more clever in relaying those observations to make you laugh hysterically! She's a natural & should be top of the list.

Come on Joan Rivers really. Kathleen Madigan is way funnier. I think she is one of the funniest female comics ever.

Her delivery is perfect, and she pokes fun at everyday life.. LOVE her!

Great comic, she is much better than the ones listed as the top 10,

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25 Melissa McCarthy Melissa McCarthy Melissa Ann McCarthy (born August 26, 1970) is an American actress, comedian, writer, producer, and fashion designer. McCarthy was named by Time as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2016, and she has been featured multiple times in annual rankings of the highest-paid actresses in more.

She is the best ever should in number 1. QUEEN of COMEDY yes she is

Deserves top ten just for her Spicer skits.

How is she not in the top ten!

Melissa is the best!

26 Monique

She can just make you realte to her! Very likeable and charming. Plus when she laughs at her own joke you don't hate her for it because it makes the joke even funnier - Apples007

Love her, where did you go?

She tells some funny jokes.Monique is a good dancer and actress too.

27 Amy Schumer Amy Schumer Amy Beth Schumer is an American stand-up comedian, writer, actress, and producer. She is the creator, co-producer, co-writer and star of the sketch comedy series Inside Amy Schumer, which debuted on Comedy Central in 2013 and has received a Peabody Award.

God she's so sexy I wonder what her braps are like

Fat cow that smells

Shes my favorite by far should be #1

Train wreck, snatched, I feel pretty,inside amy schumer this women's awesome

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28 Natasha Leggero

She's fantastic! Should be higher up the list than this.

Agreed, she IS fantastic. Her delivery is spot-on!

29 Amy Poehler Amy Poehler Amy Poehler is an American actress, comedian, director, producer, and writer. After studying improv at Chicago's Second City and ImprovOlympic in the early 1990s, she became part of the Chicago-based improvisational comedy troupe Upright Citizens Brigade.

Sharp-witted blonde powerhouse! :D


Amy Pohler contiues to be one of the funniest women on Television. Everything she does is great, and Park and Rec is one of the funniest shows on.

30 Chelsea Handler

Have you seen her show?! This woman has huge balls and I love her for it! She was the best thing that came out of "Girls Behavin Badly" - Apples007

Reading her books makes me laugh so much I can't finish the paragraph.

I watch her show all the time, and every time I watch one of her shows, I can't stop laughing! - garebear131

Not only is she irrelevant and a bit inappropriate she will make squirt and die hard.

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31 Rosie O'Donnell Rosie O'Donnell Roseann O'Donnell (born March 21, 1962) is an American comedian, actress, author, and television personality. She has been a magazine editor and continues to be a celebrity blogger, a lesbian rights activist, a television producer, and a collaborative partner in the LGBT family vacation company, R Family more.

If she is funny enough to befriend Madonna (and stay friends with her *cough*, Sandra Bernhard *cough*) she's gotta be pretty funny!

SHE was funnier than lucille ball

32 Kate McKinnon Kate McKinnon Kathryn McKinnon Berthold, commonly known as Kate McKinnon, is an American actress, voice actress, and comedian.

This is the best comic alive, male or female. Owns Saturday Night Live. The maker of this list is absolutely right that female comics don't get their due. One list has Larry the Cable Guy in the top 60 and Kate not even on the list. She has more talent in her pinky finger than that buffoon has in his entire body. Talk about someone who deserves top ten! There isn't a more talked-about comic on the planet.

Greatest comedian of all time.

A modern-day Lucille Ball or Carol Burnett! Her accents are the best! She takes physical comedy to a new level!

It's only a matter of time before she's top ten. The best and getting better every week.

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33 Rita Rudner

Love her classy humor. Magnificent comedian, she should be indeed in the top 10!

Best female comedian in my book and one of the best comedians in general - love her classy delivery.

Years ago when my sister was hospitalized, I brought her a tape of a Rita Rudner comedy routine. She laughed so much that other patients asked for the drugs she was on. She is again in the hospital and remembers how she enjoyed Rita comedy. Funny, healing comedy!

Should be in the top ten. One of the funniest comedians (male or female) that I have ever heard.

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34 Jo Brand

Easily the funniest female comedian in the UK.

35 Lily Tomlin

She is also a great Mime

Wish she still performed. Thought she was truly hilarious.

Good old time favorite

Don't see her any more, but during her stride " 70s? 80s? Into the 90s? " she was one in a million. Her telephone operator ("one ringy-dingy; two ringy-dingy...) was classic. How about her line where she's an actress to pay the rent, but her real ambition is to become a waitress.

36 Gracie Allen

So loveable and funny; there will never be another lady like her

I think if you ask the top five women on this list, ( and they’re very good too ) they would say Gracie is better.

Most People don't remember Gracie, the funniest lady that ever performed, But I do. She was the best one line artist that got on a stage.

Actually, Gracie should be at least in the top three, not 35th. Watch some Burns and Allen shows on You Tube then decide. She was so funny that George Burns decided to be her straight man.

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37 Claudette Colbert Claudette Colbert Claudette Colbert (September 13, 1903 – July 30, 1996) was an American film actress and a leading lady in Hollywood for over two decades, and has been called "The mixture of inimitable beauty, sophistication, wit, and vivacity". more.

She was so sweet and innocent and funny in, "Ithappened One Night".

38 Kristen Wiig Kristen Wiig Kristen Carroll Wiig is an American actress, comedian, writer, and producer. She is known for her work on the NBC sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live, and films such as Bridesmaids, The Martian, and Ghostbusters.

Unlike most of the women on this list, she does fabulous characters and embodies them all beautifully!

The best female comedian. She has the whole package

Kristen Wiig has the perfect mix of grace and goofball.

Her facial expressions are priceless!

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39 Rebel Wilson Rebel Wilson Rebel Melanie Elizabeth Wilson (born 2 March 1980) is an Australian actress, writer, and producer. After graduating from the Australian Theatre for Young People in 2003, she began appearing as Toula on the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) comedy series Pizza and the sketch comedy series The Wedge.
40 Iliza Shlesinger

Crazy witch in the woods character

So relatable for women!

She is wonderful!

Has me in tears

41 Miranda Hart Miranda Hart Miranda Katherine Hart Dyke, known professionally as Miranda Hart or sometimes referred to mononymously as Miranda, is an English actress and comedian.

She queen of females in comedy ( kaley Cucco in waiting) she bets all the males

Defintly the funniest female comedian of all time

42 Mae West Mae West Mary Jane "Mae" West (August 17, 1893 – November 22, 1980) was an American actress, singer, playwright, screenwriter, comedian, and sex symbol whose entertainment career spanned seven decades. more.

"Ten men waiting outside my door?... Send one of 'em home. I'm tired. "

43 Sandra Bernhard

She has her own f*$ off attitude and I love her for it. - Apples007

44 Bea Arthur

How this woman is not higher on the list, I don't know! She had such a dry and sarcastic sense of delivering comedic lines.

Such deadpan and sardonic humor. No one could do it like Bea!

45 Moms Mabley

She just cracks me up with her hat, no teeth, house dress and attitude. She is/was marvelous. Thank you Moms

How do you forget her?!?! Pioneer not only for black women but all women. There would be no Whoopi.

The best ever, people don't realize how funny she was because they don't know who she is. Becasue she was black, she was never going to have a sit-com like Lucy, but she was a great comedian.

She's the best I ever saw

46 Victoria Wood Victoria Wood

Not only a fine comedy stand-up but also a wonderful actress.

47 Lisa Kudrow Lisa Kudrow

What the hell guys? Lisa kudrow from Friends is the most funniest person ever... please vote for her


48 Jane Lynch Jane Lynch Jane Marie Lynch is an American actress, singer, and comedian. She is best known as Sue Sylvester on Glee.
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