Female Comedians

Throughout history, there have been many women comedians who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great female comedians such as Ellen DeGeneres, Carol Burnett, Kristen Wiig, Betty White, Julia Louis-Dreyfus.The women comedians featured in this list are from United States, United Kingdom, Canada & Australia and many more countries.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 Kate McKinnon

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 6, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sea Cliff, New York, United States

Kate McKinnon is a popular American actress and comedian known for her work in sketch comedy series, such as Saturday Night Live and The Big Gay Sketch Show. She is also famous for co-creating a web-series called Notary Publix and an audio series titled Heads Will Roll. An openly gay actress, McKinnon serves as an inspiration to the LGBT community.

 2 Tina Fey

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 18, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, United States
Emmy-winning comedian Tina Fey became the first female head writer of SNL. She wrote the series 30 Rock and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and the film Mean Girls. Her impersonation of Sarah Palin on SNL won her the AP Entertainer of the Year award. She has also written a bestselling memoir.

 3 Carol Burnett

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 26, 1933
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: San Antonio

Carol Burnett inspired a lot of women and set off a chain reaction by hosting her groundbreaking show The Carol Burnett Show. Regarded as one of USA's most cherished entertainers, Carol continues to enhance the lives of millions, for which she was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She has also won the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

 4 Roseanne Barr

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Famous As: Comedian, Actor, TV Producer
Birthdate: November 3, 1952
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.
Roseanne Barr was initially a stand-up comedian in Colorado clubs. She shot to fame with her Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning sitcom Roseanne and The Roseanne Show. Roseanne was canceled in 2018, due to a racist tweet posted by her. She was earlier criticized for singing the national anthem disrespectfully.

 5 Betty White

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 17, 1922
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Oak Park, Illinois, United States

Betty White, American actress and comedian, is considered as the pioneer of television and has had the longest television career of any entertainer, straddling more than 80 years. She’s known for her award-winning performances in shows like The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Golden Girls and Hot in Cleveland

 6 Whoopi Goldberg

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Birthdate: November 13, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Manhattan

Accomplished American comedian, actress, singer and Broadway star, Whoopi Goldberg is amongst the select few who have won all the four awards—Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. Moreover, she is also a political activist, author and talk show host. Her notable work include films Ghost, Sister Act and The Color Purple; Broadway show Thoroughly Modern Millie and talk show The View.

 7 Julia Louis-Dreyfus

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 13, 1961
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States

An actress and comedian, Julia Louis-Dreyfus has won more Screen Actors Guild Awards and more Emmy Awards than any other artist in American television history. In 2016, she was named in Time magazine's 100 most influential people in the world list. In 2018, she was presented with America's highest comedy honor - The Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

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 8 Leslie Jones

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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: September 7, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States

 9 Jennifer Coolidge

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 28, 1961
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Jennifer Coolidge is an American actress. She is known for playing Jeanine Stifler in the sex comedy film series American Pie. Also known for her charity work, Coolidge has had a major impact working with organizations that support animal rights and AIDS assistance. Thanks to her performance in Legally Blonde, her voice has been the subject of a famous impression.

 10 Rosie O'Donnell

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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: March 21, 1962
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Commack, New York, United States

 11 Gilda Radner

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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: June 28, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Died: May 20, 1989

 12 Joan Rivers

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 8, 1933
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brooklyn
Died: September 4, 2014

Famous for her controversial comedic persona, Joan Rivers was a television host and comedian. She broke stereotypes by hosting a late-night television talk show titled The Late Show with Joan Rivers, becoming the first woman to do so. Also an author, Rivers wrote 12 best-selling books. In 2017, she was posthumously inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame

 13 Queen Latifah

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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: March 18, 1970
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, USA

Queen Latifah is an American musician and actress whose song U.N.I.T.Y. played a major role in raising awareness about women's rights worldwide. Dubbed Queen of Jazz-Rap, Latifah has influenced several soul, R&B, and hip-hop artists like Remy Ma, Lil' Kim, Ivy Queen, Missy Elliott, Lauryn Hill, and Eve among other artists. As an actress, Latifah has won several prestigious awards.

 14 Wanda Sykes

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 7, 1964
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Portsmouth, Virginia, United States

Wanda Sykes is an American actress, writer, and comedian. In 2004, Sykes was named in Entertainment Weekly magazine's list of 25 funniest people in America. Also known for her role as an activist, Sykes has been emceeing fundraisers and hosting events to tackle issues concerning same-sex marriages. She is also an ardent supporter of the Ruth Ellis Center.

 15 Kristy McNichol

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 11, 1962
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

Kristy McNichol is a retired American comedian, singer, and actress. After being born into a middle-class family, McNichol started acting at a young age and went on to become one of the most popular teen stars of her generation. After her retirement, Kristy McNichol devoted her time to charity work and taught acting in Los Angeles.

 16 Vicki Lawrence

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 26, 1949
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Inglewood, California
Emmy-winning actor Vicki Lawrence is best known as Thelma Harper/Mama from The Carol Burnett Show. She later appeared as the same character in Mama's Family and the stage show Vicki Lawrence & Mama. Her track The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia aced both the U.S. and Canadian charts.

 17 Andrea Martin

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 15, 1947
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Portland, Maine, USA

 18 Fannie Flagg

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 21, 1944
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama, USA

 19 Caroline Rhea

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Famous As: Actor, Model
Birthdate: April 13, 1964
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Montreal

 20 Gracie Allen

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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: July 26, 1895
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, USA
Died: August 27, 1964

 21 Minnie Pearl

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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: October 25, 1912
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Centerville, Tennessee, USA
Died: March 4, 1996

 22 Martha Raye

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 27, 1916
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Butte, Montana, United States
Died: October 19, 1994

 23 Nancy Walker

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 10, 1922
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: March 25, 1992

 24 Marsha Warfield

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Famous As: Actress, Stand-up Comedian
Birthdate: March 5, 1954
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

 25 Selma Diamond

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Famous As: actor, screenwriter, television actor
Birthdate: August 5, 1920
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Quebec
Died: May 13, 1985

 26 Elayne Boosler

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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: August 18, 1952
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States

 27 Gertrude Lawrence

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 4, 1898
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Newington, London, United Kingdom
Died: September 6, 1952

 28 Rita Rudner

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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: September 17, 1953
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, U.S

 29 Mary Walsh

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Famous As: actor, comedian, screenwriter
Birthdate: May 13, 1952
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: St. John's

 30 Cathy Jones

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Famous As: Putita, Comedian
Birthdate: April 6, 1955
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: St. John's

 31 Catherine O'Hara

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 4, 1954
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 32 Tiffany Haddish

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Famous As: Actress, Comedian
Birthdate: December 3, 1979
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: South Los Angeles, California

African-American comedian and actress, Tiffany Haddish, gained fame with the ensemble comedy film Girls Trip. Earlier, a difficult childhood turned her towards comedy. After appearing in a comedy competition, sketch comedies and numerous minor roles in films and television, she made the heads turn with her brilliant performance in television series, Real Husbands of Hollywood, If Loving You Is Wrong and The Carmichael Show.

 33 Kathryn Hahn

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 23, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Westchester, Illinois, USA

 34 Bea Arthur

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Famous As: Actress, Activist
Birthdate: May 13, 1922
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: April 25, 2009

American actress Bea Arthur worked extensively in television and was hailed for her comic timing. All in the Family, Maude and The Golden Girls are some of her acclaimed series. In her long career, she also worked in films like Lovers and Other Strangers, History of the World 1 and For Better or Worse. She won many accolades, including two Emmy awards.

 35 Lily Tomlin

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Famous As: Comedienne & Actress
Birthdate: September 1, 1939
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States

Lily Tomlin is an American comedian, actress, singer, and writer. Tomlin has earned several award nominations for her performance in films and TV series, such as Nashville and Grace and Frankie. An openly lesbian actress, Lily Tomlin serves as an inspiration to the LGBTQ community.

 36 Megan Mullally

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 12, 1958
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Megan Mullally is best known as Karen Walker from Will & Grace, a role that earned her two Emmys and three SAG Awards. She has also hosted The Megan Mullally Show and been part of series such as Childrens Hospital. She and her husband wrote a bestselling book, too.

 37 Kathie Lee Gifford

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Famous As: TV Host, Actress
Birthdate: August 16, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paris

Kathie Lee Gifford achieved celebrity status by working as a television presenter. She then became a singer-songwriter and author, cementing her place in the entertainment industry. Also known for her charity work, Kathie serves as an ambassador for Childhelp, a non-profit organization working towards preventing child abuse.

 38 Cloris Leachman

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Famous As: Comedian, Actress
Birthdate: April 30, 1926
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Des Moines, Iowa

Cloris Leachman is an actress and comedian. One of the most decorated American actresses of all time, Cloris Leachman has won several prestigious awards in an illustrious career spanning more than seven decades; she is the most awarded actress in the history of Emmy Awards, along with Julia Louis-Dreyfus. She has also received an Oscar and a Golden Globe Award.

 39 Fran Drescher

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 30, 1957
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kew Gardens, New York, United States

Fran Drescher is an American actress and comedian. Characterized by her thick New York accent and nasal voice, Fran Drescher serves as an inspiration to many cancer patients as she successfully fought off the disease after suffering from uterine cancer. She is also an outspoken LGBT rights activist and healthcare advocate.

 40 Ellen DeGeneres

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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: January 26, 1958
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Metairie

Comedian, television host and actress Ellen DeGeneres is the first actress to win a Saturn Award for a voice performance, winning the accolade for her role in the film Finding Nemo. She has hosted the Academy Awards and has published four books. She is openly lesbian and supports LGBTQA+ rights. She has been accused of workplace harassment.

 41 Aubrey Plaza

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 26, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Wilmington, Delaware, USA

 42 Chelsea Handler

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Famous As: actor, comedian, television actor, biographer
Birthdate: February 25, 1975
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Livingston

 43 Kristen Wiig

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 22, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Canandaigua, New York, United States

Like many American comedians, Kristen Wiig is also a product of the television show, Saturday Night Live. She then became a successful writer and earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay for her work in the film Bridesmaids (2011). An influential woman, Kristen was named in Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World list in 2012.

 44 Maya Rudolph

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 27, 1972
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Gainesville, Florida, United States

A multi-talented personality, Maya Rudolph is known for her acting, singing, and comedic skills. Apart from playing supporting roles in popular films, such as 50 First Dates and Grown Ups, Maya played a crucial role in Saturday Night Live from 2000 to 2007, during which she impersonated personalities like Kamala Harris, for which she won the Primetime Emmy Award.

 45 Katherine Ryan

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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: June 30, 1983
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sarnia

 46 Nasim Pedrad

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Famous As: Actor, Voice actor, Screenwriter, Television actor
Birthdate: November 18, 1981
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tehran

 47 Jenny Slate

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 25, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Milton, Massachusetts, U.S.

 48 Sue Perkins

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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: September 22, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Croydon, London, England
Sue Perkins soared to fame as part of the comedy duo Mel and Sue, with Mel Giedroyc, and co-hosted The Great British Bake Off, with her. Sue has also hosted Insert Name Here and has also authored two autobiographical works. An LGBT icon, she is dating TV host Anna Richardson.

 49 Whitney Cummings

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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: September 4, 1982
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Georgetown, Washington, District of Columbia, USA

 50 Rachel Bloom

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 3, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA