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
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.

Her great comedy routines live on and paving the way for the funniest female comedians to come. Truly a legend for not just today or tommorow, but for all times.
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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

Not often that a comedian is espected to take over the Tonight Show from Johnny Carson, nevermind a woman. Which would have happened if Joan did not get her own show... And pissed off Johnny.

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.

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.

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!

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!

If Ellen is not the best then I don't know what is. She is amazing and hilarious! She has a very positive spirit and she really succeeds at making everyone happy! Ellen makes my everyday!

Ellen makes so many people happy. Ellen, if you are reading this, I want you to know that each and every single day you make my day 110% better. Thank you.

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.

She was a famous woman who had her own show of her name. It was funny, and great while it lasted.
It was cancelled because of all the controversy and she posted a racist tweet, and Donald Trump responded to the cancellation and blamed her tweet on a drug called Ambien.
Which shows you she joined the club of stars who were good, but went downhill.

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

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 ...read 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!

I think Lisa Lampanelli is the funniest female comic today. This list is whack. Where is Margaret Cho and Wanda Sykes. Ellen Degeneres is not funny. But she is a good talk show host.

She makes saucy race filled humor that isn't mean spirited which is why she gets away with it! It's just bust your guts funny.

She's just brilliant, funny and wise. She is so at ease and confident while performing! Just one of the best out there..

Lucille Ball

She had the courage and guts to go out there in a male dominated industry and do her absolute best. She didn’t let it intimidate her as it could have. Not only did she succeeded in her craft, she excelled and helped others along the way. She paved the way for other female comedians who would follow.

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.

It is so sad that the votes really think that the crude humor of today's comedians can even come close to Lucy. Obviously the voters are young in age. This is like thinking todays singers with auto tune for pitch control can compare to singers like Sinatra Bennett or jac jones.

Lucille Ball is and always will be the best comedian of all time. She was practically the pathway for most female comedians. I don't know how Ball could be anything lower than #1 on this list, people have no taste.

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

What an original~Kathy is fearless, will sacrifice everything to entertain her audience no matter how non-"politically correct" it makes her look or sound. Honest, brave, loyal, Some people don't get her, but I do~She's a very compassionate person & I love her for who she is & all she does. Maggie (her mom) rocks, too! :-D

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

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

Kathy Griffin is excellent! I want to be her!

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

I miss Carol Burnett on T.V.. Her shows were always so entertaining as well as the male counterparts who shared her weekly shows. The jokes they played on each other were hilarious and even had each other laughing at themselves. Hope she makes a comeback including her buddies.

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.

Versatile, quick and so funny. She had a great sense of timing. A great person to work with other comedians.
She could react to audience's questions with such consistently funny remarks.

Not only a great and underrated physical comedian, she had an amazing voice. Her facial expressions are gold. The best ever, no question.

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. ...read more.

She might be the funniest HUMAN EVER. Not just female comedian. Her last special a speck of dust might have been my favorite ever. I hope she never retires from stand up. I don't think she ever will though because you can her jokes are everything to her. So much admiration for her. What I'm trying to say is she should probably marry me. JK I don't know LOL OK I'm DONE

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.

If I ever lose my mind and start hearing voices, I hope it is Sarah Silverman who is speaking to me.

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

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.

Love stories about her mother, oh how I can relate

Just funny! Not playing a stupid woman

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.

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.

The Contenders
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.

I was a stand-up. I ran 2 comedy clubs. I gave Bill Hicks his first gig and was tight with Sam Kinison at the start of his career. I have never seen a tighter comedian male or female then Phyllis Diller. I timed her. She would get strong laugh every 4 second. I saw most of the stand-up greats perform live and although there were other stand-ups I preferred to Phyllis (perhaps because they made me think more then Phyllis) but as far as solid laughs go I don't think it is humanly possible to have been a much stronger act then her. As far as stan-ups go. the list is missing Lily Tomlin, Whoopy Goldberg, Elayne Boosler, Moms Maybley and to not include Gracie Allen is criminal.

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

One of those rare comedians who could make tears of laughter roll down your face.

I grew up with Phillis Diller and to this day I can watch reruns and she is hysterical. I really miss her.

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.

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.

While I find this list lame, Tina Fey is absolutely one of the most relevant comedians ever. And her work and writing are timless.

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.

The SNL routine she did about sex and the inuendo is an all time classic. Her timing and control is unmatched with today's comedians. It will be a long time before her genius is equaled.

Kathy Griffin at number 5 is a joke. She is not just the worst female comedian, but the worst comedian ever.

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!

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.

Wanda Sykes is hands down the funniest female comedian of all time. She can work clean and blue, she can adlib, she can do television comedy and I think she could come through on the screen with the right vehicle. She is a great interview. I rate my comedians on how hard they can consistently make me laugh in a short period of time and hands down she is the one. 2. Phyllis Diller, the reason that crazy laugh worked so well was because it was her real laugh. 3. Toadie Fields, quick wit funny not as well known died young. 4. Lucille Ball lucie only had one character but it was one of the best ones of all time. 5. Moms Mabley, funny as hell, way before her time too bad. 6. Amy Schuler, one of a kind. 7. Although not just a comedienne, you can't go wrong with Bette Midler. 8. Minner Pearl could make me laugh and she didn't have much to work with keepin it country clean. 9. Roseanne Barr, probably would have put her closer to the top but not changin now.
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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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Whoopi, Carole and Lucy the most funniest women and comedians ever!

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Judy Gold

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

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.

Years ago when I discovered Paula Poundstone she was at her prime I reckon. She is hilarious and could have been an Ellen Degen if her career had gone differently. Brilliant woman.

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!

How the hell did Silverman get on the list. She is as racist as it gets

Janeane Garofalo

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!

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.

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

Dry sarcasm filled with wit.

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.

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

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

She is hilarious! Very real too.

She's hot and hilarious

Stevie Ryan
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.

One of the all time greats

I liked her on Seinfeld

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.

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.

Funniest lady ever.

RIP

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

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,

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 ...read more.

'There's a Hidden Valley Ranch party in MY mouth!'- Melissa McCarthy, one of the funniest women alive, in SNL's super funny awesome skit, Taste Test. I'm pretty sure that was mostly improv.

Deserves top ten just for her Spicer skits.

How is she not in the top ten!

Melissa is the best!

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