Female Stand-up Comedians

Throughout history, there have been many women stand-up comedians who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great female stand-up comedians such as Joan Rivers, Cecily Strong, Aisling Bea, Aditi Mittal, Susie Essman.The women stand-up comedians featured in this list are from United States, United Kingdom, Canada & India 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 Sarah Silverman

Sarah Silverman
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Famous As: Comedian, Actress
Birthdate: December 1, 1970
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bedford, New Hampshire, United States

From hosting her comedy show The Sarah Silverman Program, to winning an Emmy and writing a best-selling autobiography, Sarah Silverman has done it all. The NYU drop-out started off as a writer for SNL. She has been an ardent Democratic supporter and often discusses controversial topics on her show.

 2 Whoopi Goldberg

Whoopi Goldberg
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Famous As: Actress, Talk Show Host
Birthdate: November 13, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chelsea, New York, United States

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.

 3 Joan Rivers

Joan Rivers
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Famous As: Actress, Comedian, Writer
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

 4 Amy Schumer

Amy Schumer
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Famous As: Stand-up Comedian, Actress
Birthdate: June 1, 1981
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Upper East Side, New York, United States

American actor and stand-up comedian Amy Schumer is best known for the comedy series Inside Amy Schumer, which ran from 2013 to 2016. She was the creator and co-writer of the television show and also starred in it. She has also acted in films and has worked on the Broadway. She is known to address various social issues through comedy.

 5 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.

 6 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

 7 Katherine Ryan

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

Canadian comedian Katherine Ryan initially worked at a restaurant to support her education and then stepped into open mic and comedy nights. She has performed across Canada and the UK and even at the LA-based Comedy Store. Now an actor, too, she is also a 2-time skin cancer survivor.

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 8 Aubrey Plaza

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

Aubrey Plaza is an American actress, writer, producer, and comedian. She is best known for her portrayal of April Ludgate in the sitcom Parks and Recreation for which she earned a couple of nominations at the ALMA Award. Plaza is also known for playing Allison in the 2020 film Black Bear which earned her the Imagen Award for Best Actress.

 9 Nikki Glaser

Nikki Glaser
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Famous As: Stand-up comedian
Birthdate: June 1, 1984
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.

 10 Janeane Garofalo

Janeane Garofalo
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Famous As: Actress, Comedian
Birthdate: September 28, 1964
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Newton, New Jersey, United States
Janeane Garofalo gained fame as a stand-up comedian and then appeared on shows such as The Ben Stiller Show, Saturday Night Live, and The Larry Sanders Show. Fans also loved her in movies such as The Truth About Cats and Dogs. She is also known for her progressive political activism.

 11 Ali Wong

Ali Wong
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 19, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, USA

 12 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.

 13 Tiffany Haddish

Tiffany Haddish
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Famous As: The 2nd African-American Woman to Win The 'Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album'
Birthdate: December 3, 1979
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

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.

 14 Margaret Cho

Margaret Cho
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 5, 1968
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States

Stand-up comedian, actress, and fashion designer Margaret Cho is best known for creating and starring in the ABC sitcom All-American Girl. She had a difficult childhood marred by sexual abuse and struggled for years to build a successful career. Besides comedy, she has her own clothing line. She actively supports women’s rights and LGBTQA+ rights. 

 15 Maria Bamford

Maria Bamford
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Famous As: Stand-up comedian
Birthdate: September 3, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Port Hueneme, California, USA

 16 Retta

Retta
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Famous As: Stand-up Comedian
Birthdate: April 12, 1970
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, U.S.

 17 Sara Pascoe

Sara Pascoe
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: May 22, 1981
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Dagenham, London, England

Born to musician Derek Pascoe, comedian Sara Pascoe was raised by her mother amid poverty after her parents’ divorce. Initially a tour guide, she later stepped into comedy and never looked back. She is known for shows such as 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown and Twenty Twelve.

 18 Phyllis Diller

Phyllis Diller
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Famous As: Comedian, Actress
Birthdate: July 17, 1917
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lima, Ohio, United States
Died: August 20, 2012

 19 Krista Allen

Krista Allen
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 5, 1971
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ventura, California, United States
Krista Allen is best known for playing Billie Reed in the series Days of Our Lives. She also played the titular role in the erotic movie series Emmanuelle in Space. She has also been part of films such as Liar Liar and series such as Significant Mother

 20 Melissa Villaseñor

Melissa Villaseñor
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 9, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Whittier, California, USA

 21 Michelle Wolf

Michelle Wolf
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: June 21, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hershey, Pennsylvania, U.S.

 22 Charlotte Rae

Charlotte Rae
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 22, 1926
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Died: August 5, 2018

 23 Andrea Savage

Andrea Savage
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 20, 1973
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, USA

 24 Caroline Rhea

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

 25 Christina Pazsitzky

Christina Pazsitzky
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Famous As: Comedian, Podcaster
Birthdate: June 18, 1976
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Windsor, Ontario, Canada

 26 Paula Poundstone

Paula Poundstone
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Famous As: Stand-up comedian
Birthdate: December 29, 1959
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Huntsville, Alabama, United States

 27 Hannah Gadsby

Hannah Gadsby
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: January 12, 1978
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Smithton, Tasmania, Australia
Australian comedian Hannah Gadsby soared to fame with the stand-up comedy contest Raw Comedy and the Netflix live comedy show Nanette. She has often spoken about her battle with ADHD and autism. She had also once worked odd jobs and been homeless. Openly lesbian, she is married to partner Jenney Shamash.

 28 Carly Aquilino

Carly Aquilino
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Famous As: Stand-up comedian
Birthdate: November 18, 1990
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York, United States

 29 Jo Anne Worley

Jo Anne Worley
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 6, 1936
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lowell, Indiana, United States

 30 Lahna Turner

Lahna Turner
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Famous As: Stand-up comedians
Birthdate: July 15, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Canada

 31 Michelle Buteau

Michelle Buteau
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Famous As: Comedian, Actress
Birthdate: July 24, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New Jersey, United States

 32 Bridget Everett

Bridget Everett
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: April 21, 1972
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Manhattan, Kansas, USA

 33 Amy Hill

Amy Hill
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Famous As: Stand-up Comedians
Birthdate: May 9, 1953
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Deadwood, South Dakota, USA

 34 Susie Essman

Susie Essman
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Famous As: Screenwriter, Film producer, Television actor, Film actor, Actor
Birthdate: May 31, 1955
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Mount Vernon

 35 Karen Knotts

Karen Knotts
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 2, 1954
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: United States

 36 Edie McClurg

Edie McClurg
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Famous As: Actress Stand-up comedian
Birthdate: July 23, 1945
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri, United States

 37 Rose Matafeo

Rose Matafeo
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Famous As: Writer and performer on the NZ late-night comedy sketch show Funny Girls
Birthdate: February 25, 1992
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand

 38 Esther Povitsky

Esther Povitsky
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 2, 1988
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Skokie, Illinois

 39 Jessi Klein

Jessi Klein
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 17, 1975
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA

 40 Kathy Kinney

Kathy Kinney
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Famous As: Stand-up comedy
Birthdate: November 3, 1954
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA

 41 Shirley Hemphill

Shirley Hemphill
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Famous As: Comedians
Birthdate: July 1, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Asheville, North Carolina, United States
Died: December 10, 1999

 42 Phoebe Robinson

Phoebe Robinson
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: September 28, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: United States

 43 Blanche Gardin

Blanche Gardin
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 3, 1977
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Suresnes, Hauts-de-Seine, France

 44 Shappi Khorsandi

Shappi Khorsandi
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: November 30, 1971
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tehran, Iran

 45 Cameron Esposito

Cameron Esposito
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Famous As: Stand-up Comedian
Birthdate: October 17, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA

 46 Bharti Singh

Bharti Singh
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Famous As: Stand-up comedian
Birthdate: July 3, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Amritsar, Punjab, India

 47 Lisa Lampanelli

Lisa Lampanelli
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Famous As: Stand-up Comedians
Birthdate: July 19, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Trumbull, Connecticut, USA

 48 Shelby Chong

Shelby Chong
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: February 1, 1948
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California

 49 Carol Leifer

Carol Leifer
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: July 27, 1956
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: East Williston, New York, United States U.S.

 50 Suzy Nakamura

Suzy Nakamura
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 2, 1968
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States