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

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 Tiffany Haddish

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.

 3 Tina Fey

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.

 4 Carol Burnett

Carol Burnett.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 26, 1933
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: San Antonio, Texas, United States

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 Kathryn Hahn

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

 6 Bea Arthur

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.

 7 Lily Tomlin

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.

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 8 Kathie Lee Gifford

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.

 9 Whoopi Goldberg

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.

 10 Megan Mullally

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.

 11 Fran Drescher

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.

 12 Jennifer Coolidge

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.

 13 Cloris Leachman

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.

 14 Catherine O'Hara

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

Primetime Emmy-winning Canadian-American actor and comedian Catherine O'Hara soared to fame with the sketch-comedy show SCTV. She is known for her frequent appearances in the films of Tim Burton and Christopher Guest. She is the sister of singer Mary Margaret O'Hara and is herself a fairly decent singer.

 15 Julia Louis-Dreyfus

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.

 16 Roseanne Barr

Roseanne Barr.
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Famous As: Comedian, Actor, TV Producer
Birthdate: November 3, 1952
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
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.

 17 Betty White

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

 18 Patricia Heaton

Patricia Heaton
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 4, 1958
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States

 19 Katherine Ryan

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

 20 Gilda Radner

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

 21 Iliza Shlesinger

Iliza Shlesinger
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 22, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States

 22 Wanda Sykes

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.

 23 Whitney Cummings

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

 24 Queen Latifah

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.

 25 Joan Rivers

Joan Rivers.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 8, 1933
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
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

 26 Sue Perkins

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.

 27 Aubrey Plaza

Aubrey Plaza
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 26, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Wilmington, Delaware, United States

 28 Chelsea Handler

Chelsea Handler
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Famous As: Actor, Comedian, Biographer
Birthdate: February 25, 1975
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Livingston, New Jersey, United States

 29 Kristen Wiig

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.

 30 Bonnie Hunt

Bonnie Hunt
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Famous As: American comedian
Birthdate: September 22, 1961
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chicago

 31 Nasim Pedrad

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

 32 Sandi Toksvig

Sandi Toksvig.
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Famous As: Comedian, Writer
Birthdate: May 3, 1958
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Copenhagen
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 Maya Rudolph

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.

 34 Wendi McLendon-Covey

Wendi McLendon-Covey
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 10, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bellflower, California, USA

 35 Anne Meara

Anne Meara.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 20, 1929
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York City
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 Rachael Harris

Rachael Harris
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 12, 1968
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Worthington, Ohio, USA

 37 Ellen DeGeneres

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

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.

 38 Miriam Margolyes

Miriam Margolyes
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Famous As: Actor, Voice actor, Comedian
Birthdate: May 18, 1941
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Oxford

 39 Kristy McNichol

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.

 40 Charo

Charo
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 15, 1951
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Murcia, Spain

Spanish-American actress, singer, comedian, and flamenco-guitarist Charo, whose birth year remains a subject of dispute for several years, is known for her seductive deep voice with Spanish accent, unrestrained and exuberant manner, and the catch-phrase cuchi-cuchi. She has released albums like Guitar Passion, featured in films like The Concorde...Airport '79 and guest starred in TV series like The Love Boat.

 41 Cilla Black

Cilla Black.
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 27, 1943
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vauxhall, Liverpool, Lancashire, England
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.

 42 Leslie Jones

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

 43 Rachel Bloom

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

 44 Ilana Glazer

Ilana Glazer.
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Famous As: Actress, Comedian
Birthdate: April 12, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Long Island, New York, United States
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.

 45 Natasha Leggero

Natasha Leggero.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 26, 1974
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Rockford, Illinois

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.

 46 Kate Micucci

Kate Micucci
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 31, 1980
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New Jersey, USA

 47 Kathy Griffin

Kathy Griffin.
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Famous As: American comedian
Birthdate: November 4, 1960
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Oak Park, Illinois, U.S

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.

 48 Vicki Lawrence

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.

 49 June Diane Raphael

June Diane Raphael
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 4, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rockville Centre, Long Island, New York, USA

 50 Victoria Wood

Victoria Wood
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: May 19, 1953
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Prestwich, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, England, UK
Died: April 20, 2016

Multi-talented English comedian, Victoria Wood was also an actress, lyricist, singer, composer, pianist, screenwriter, producer, and director. Wood started her career with the TV show That's Life! and established herself as one of Britain's greatest stand-up comedians. She wrote sketches, dramas, and popular sitcoms and her self-deprecating humor got her 14 BAFTA nominations of which she won four.