Funniest Female Stand-Up Comedians (Part 1)

Wanda Sykes

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Wanda Yvette Sykes is an American actress, stand-up comedian, and writer. 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. Entertainment Weekly named Sykes as one of the 25 funniest people in America in 2004!


Chelsea Peretti

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Chelsea Peretti was born on February 20, 1978. She is an American comedian, actress, television writer, singer and songwriter. She is best known for portraying Gina Linetti in the comedy series Brooklyn Nine-Nine and writing for Parks And Recreation and Saturday Night Live!  


Sarah Silverman

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Sarah Silverman is an American comedian, actress, singer, and writer. Her comedy addresses social taboos and controversial topics, such as racism, sexism, homophobia, politics, and religion, sometimes having her comic character endorse them in a satirical fashion. She was a writer and performer on Saturday Night Live, and she starred in and produced The Sarah Silverman Program, which ran from 2007 to 2010 on Comedy Central.



Kristen Wiig

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Kristen Wiig was born August 22, 1973. She is an American actress, comedian, and writer. Wiig joined the cast of Saturday Night Live in 2005 and the following year, she appeared in the Christmas comedy film Unaccompanied Minors.  After appearing in a series of supporting roles in comedy film she starred in and co-wrote the screenplay for the comedy film Bridesmaids. Wiig provided her voice for the animated franchises Despicable Me and How to Train Your Dragon.


Mindy Kaling

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Mindy Kaling was born on June 24, 1979. She is an American actress, comedian and screenwriter. She first gained recognition starring as Kelly Kapoor in the NBC sitcom The Office, for which she also served as a writer, executive producer, and director. For her work on the series, she was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series and five times for Outstanding Comedy Series. Kaling gained wider attention for creating, producing and starring in the Fox comedy series The Mindy Project.



Amy Shumer

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Amy Schumer was born on June 1, 1981. She is an American stand-up comedian and actress. She ventured into comedy in the early 2000s before appearing as a contestant on the fifth season of the NBC reality competition series Last Comic Standing in 2007. From 2013 to 2016, she was the creator, co-producer, co-writer, and star of the Comedy Central sketch comedy series Inside Amy Schumer, for which she received a Peabody Award and for which Schumer has been nominated for five Primetime Emmy Awards, winning Outstanding Variety Sketch Series in 2015.


Amy Poehler

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Amy Poehler was born on September 16, 1971. She is an American actress, comedian, writer, producer, and director. She co-founded the improvisational-comedy troupe Upright Citizens Brigade. The group moved to New York City in 1996 where their act became a half-hour sketch-comedy series on Comedy Central in 1998. In 2001 she joined the cast of the NBC sketch-comedy series Saturday Night Live. She became co-anchor of SNLs Weekend Update in 2004 until she left the series in 2008 to star as Leslie Knope in the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation. In December 2015, Poehler received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contributions to television.


Tina Fey

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Tina Fey was born on May 18, 1970. She is an American actress, comedian, writer, producer, and playwright. Tina is best known for her work on Saturday Night Live from 1997 to 2006. She is also known for creating the comedy series 30 Rock that aired from 2006 to 2020. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, was also created by Fey. She is also known for her work in film, including Mean Girls (2004), Baby Mama (2008), Date Night (2010), Megamind (2010), Muppets Most Wanted (2014), Sisters (2015), Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016), Wine Country (2019), and Soul (2020).

She joined SNL as a writer, later becoming head writer and a performer, appearing as co-anchor in the Weekend Update segment and later, developing a satirical portrayal of 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin in subsequent guest appearances. In 2011, she released her memoir, Bossypants, which topped The New York Times Best Seller list for five weeks and garnered her a Grammy Award nomination.

Fey has received numerous accolades, including nine Primetime Emmy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, five Screen Actors Guild Awards, and seven Writers Guild of America Awards. In 2008, the Associated Press gave Fey the AP Entertainer of the Year award for her Sarah Palin impression on SNL. In 2010, Fey was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, becoming the youngest recipient of the award.

This is why Tina tops our list at Number 1!