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
Nationality: American

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 Tiffany Haddish

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Famous As: Actress, Comedian
Birthdate: December 3, 1979
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

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.

 3 Betty White

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 17, 1922
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

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

 4 Carol Burnett

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 26, 1933
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

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.

 5 Megan Mullally

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 12, 1958
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
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.

 6 Lily Tomlin

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Famous As: Comedienne & Actress
Birthdate: September 1, 1939
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

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.

 7 Roseanne Barr

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Famous As: Comedian, Actor, TV Producer
Birthdate: November 3, 1952
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
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.
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 8 Kathryn Hahn

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 23, 1973
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 9 Julia Louis-Dreyfus

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 13, 1961
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

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.

 10 Kathie Lee Gifford

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Famous As: TV Host, Actress
Birthdate: August 16, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: French, American

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.

 11 Whoopi Goldberg

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Birthdate: November 13, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

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.

 12 Cloris Leachman

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Famous As: Comedian, Actress
Birthdate: April 30, 1926
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

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.

 13 Fran Drescher

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 30, 1957
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

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.

 14 Leslie Jones

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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: September 7, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 15 Aubrey Plaza

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 26, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 16 Jennifer Coolidge

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 28, 1961
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

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.

 17 Rosie O'Donnell

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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: March 21, 1962
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 18 Chelsea Handler

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Famous As: actor, comedian, television actor, biographer
Birthdate: February 25, 1975
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 19 Kristen Wiig

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 22, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

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.

 20 Maya Rudolph

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 27, 1972
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

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.

 21 Gilda Radner

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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: June 28, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: May 20, 1989

 22 Joan Rivers

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 8, 1933
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
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

 23 Jenny Slate

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 25, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 24 Katherine Ryan

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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: June 30, 1983
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Irish

 25 Queen Latifah

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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: March 18, 1970
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

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.

 26 Sue Perkins

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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: September 22, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British
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.

 27 Rachel Bloom

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 3, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 28 Whitney Cummings

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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: September 4, 1982
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 29 Nasim Pedrad

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

 30 Iliza Shlesinger

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 22, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 31 Kathy Griffin

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Famous As: American comedian
Birthdate: November 4, 1960
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

Kathy Griffin is an American actress and comedian who has won a couple of Primetime Emmy Awards for appearing in her own reality television series, Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List. Apart from being a comedian, Kathy Griffin is also an avid supporter of LGBT rights.

 32 Sandi Toksvig

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Famous As: Comedian, Writer
Birthdate: May 3, 1958
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Danish, British
Sandi Toksvig is best known as the host of shows such as News Quiz, QI, and The Great British Bake Off. The Women's Equality Party co-founder is also a lesbian icon and has written several children’s and adult books and plays. She hosted a motivational podcast during the COVID-19 lockdown. 

 33 Miriam Margolyes

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Famous As: Actor, Voice actor, Comedian
Birthdate: May 18, 1941
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Australian, British

 34 Charo

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 15, 1951
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Spanish, American

 35 Anne Meara

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 20, 1929
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: May 23, 2015
Comedian and actor Anne Meara, mother of actor Ben Stiller, was part of the comedy duo Stiller and Meara, along with her husband, Jerry Stiller. She appeared in series such as Archie Bunker's Place and many films, too. She also earned a Writers Guild Award for co-writing The Other Woman.

 36 Wanda Sykes

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 7, 1964
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

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.

 37 Bonnie Hunt

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Famous As: American comedian
Birthdate: September 22, 1961
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 38 Lauren Lapkus

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 6, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 39 Jennifer Saunders

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Famous As: Comedians
Birthdate: July 6, 1958
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British

 40 Michelle Wolf

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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: June 21, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 41 Ilana Glazer

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Famous As: Actress, Comedian
Birthdate: April 12, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Ilana Glazer gained fame with her appearance on the Comedy Central show Broad City, as Ilana Wexler. She was part of the 2017 movie Rough Night and launched her stand-up comedy special The Planet Is Burning in 2020. She is openly queer and is married to computational biologist David Rooklin.

 42 Rhea Seehorn

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 12, 1972
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
First seen in independent comedy films, Rhea Seehorn gained prominence with her performance in Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul. Her works also include a number of supporting roles and short-lived comedy series. 

 43 Wendi McLendon-Covey

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 10, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 44 June Diane Raphael

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 4, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 45 Kate Micucci

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 31, 1980
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 46 Cilla Black

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 27, 1943
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British
Died: August 1, 2015
Priscilla Maria Veronica White, better known as Cilla Black, is best remembered for her chart-topping hits You're My World and Anyone Who Had a Heart. She had her own show, Cilia, and also acted as a comedy actor. She later presented shows such as Blind Date and Surprise Surprise.

 47 Victoria Wood

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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: May 19, 1953
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British
Died: April 20, 2016

 48 Natasha Leggero

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 26, 1974
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

Natasha Leggero hosted the MTV reality series The 70s House. She has also been a panelist on Chelsea Lately. She is known for her satirical stance on celebrity culture and gained fame with the period sitcom Another Period. She has also voiced Shannon in Netflix's animated sitcom Hoops.

 49 Rachael Harris

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 12, 1968
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 50 Vicki Lawrence

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 26, 1949
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
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.