Top 10 Genuinely Funny Female Comedians
Laughter is the best medicine. Often when we are gloomy or depressed we turn to our favorite comedy flick or TV show to cheer us up. After a really stressful and tiring day, where it seems like the universe is picking on you, there is nothing better than going back home turning on the TV or laptop and watching some stand up comedy. Come what, laughter never fails to relax you and brighten your mood. Be it stand up comedy, a sitcom or a comedy movie, they are sure to put a smile on your face. That is probably one of the reasons why comedians are so sought after and admired by all. Their comic timings, spontaneous witty comments, are all something sure to crack us up. In today’s day and age where women are just as accomplished as men, they haven’t left this field too far behind. There are just as many female comedians out there who have managed to win over our hearts, not just by their beautiful looks, but by their witty charm as well.
10) Lucille Ball:
She is a yesteryear’s American actress. She is best known for her roles in sitcoms such as I Love Lucy, The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour, The Lucy Show, Here’s Lucy and Life with Lucy. She was one of the most well known and influential stars of her time; nominated for Emmy awards thirteen times and having won it four time. I Love Lucy was one of the most famous sitcoms during its times making Lucille Ball a household name and a well known comedian. This black and white series won five Emmy’s. During this time, Lucille Ball conducted a thirty-two week comedy workshop. She has been quoted saying “You cannot teach someone comedy; either they have it or they don’t.” I guess everyone will agree when I say she definitely had it.
9) Lisa Lampanelli:
She is one of the most famous American stand up comedian and insult comic. She is well known under her pseudonym Queen of mean. She has released a comedy special on DVD called Take it like a man. Ethnic humor, slurs, stereotypes are a part of her comedy routine. She has also recorded an hour long comedy special for HBO. She was also a contestant on celebrity apprentice 5
8) Joan Rivers:
She is a well known American TV personality who has established herself as a comedy legend and an icon and is often referred to as “The queen of comedy.” She started her career in the 1950’s and by the early 1970’s she had appeared on many comedy shows. In the 1980’s she released a bestselling comedy album called “What Becomes a Semi-Legend most?” which attained the number 22 spot on the U.S Billboard 200 and was even nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album. Joan Rivers is well known for her witty humor and her sarcastic comments. If you are an ardent fan of her show the Fashion Police, you know just how smart she can be when it comes to poking fun at other celebrities.
7) Kathy Griffin:
She is a well known American TV actress and a comedian. She has been part of an improvisational comedy troupe called The Groundlings. She is a well known personality who has performed as a stand up comedian on various sitcoms and TV shows and was also the first female to debut on the top of the Billboard Top Comedy Albums chart. She has taped many stand up comedy specials for channels such as HBO and Bravo; as far as 16 specials for the Bravo channel breaking the record for the number of specials ever recorded. She is also the first comedian to have as far as four specials televised in a year. This is one comedian who doesn’t fear to speak her heart out and is well known for her controversial statements regarding celebrities, religion and sexuality.
6) Melissa McCarthy:
If you are fans of the hit TV show Mike & Molly, then this name needs no introduction for you. This American actress is a well known comedian who has received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy series for her role as a host on NBC’s Saturday Night Live. She has also received an Emmy award for her humorous role as Molly in the hit sitcom Mike & Molly. She also starred in the movie Bridesmaids; for which she not only received critical acclaim but also an Academy Award. I guess this is one comedian who knows how to win hearts and awards, both alike.
5) Maya Rudolph:
This American actress and comedian was also part of the improvisational comedy troupe called The Groundlings. She has also been a cast member with the hit NBC show Saturday Night Live from 2000-2007 where she rose to prominence. If you have seen movies like the Grown Ups and Bridesmaids, you know that this is one actress who has an impeccable comic timing, and comedy runs through her veins. Not only is she well known as a comedian but she is also a singer and has performed with Triumph the insult comic dog on his album Come poop with me.
4) Kristen Wiig:
She too was a part of the improvisational comedy troupe The Groundlings. She is an American actress, writer and comedian well known as a cast member with NBC’s Saturday Night Live. She even received Emmy award for Outstanding Supporting actress for her performances in the shows sketches. She was featured in Entertainment Weekly’s list of 15 great performances for her various roles and impersonations on Saturday Night Live. She also starred in the recent hit Bridesmaids and if you’ve seen that movie then you know just how good a comedian she really is. This woman is someone who is definitely gifted with skills when it comes to comedy.
3) Amy Poehler:
She is a comedian who is well known for her various roles. Be it movies, sitcoms or even a short sketch on Saturday Night Live; this is one woman who definitely knows how to crack you up and have you in splits. She knows how comedy works inside out, and uses her immaculate comic timing and witty humor to get the audiences laughing. Be it her role in Mean Girls or Parks and Recreations; she makes every role believable and not to mention hilarious. She has also appeared in various comedy segments on Late Night with Conan O’Brien.
2) Tina Fey:
She is well known for her role as Liz Lemon in the hit comedy series 30 Rock. Not only is she a well known TV actress but she has also starred in various comedy movies over the years the most well known being Date Night. What makes her a favorite with the audiences is her innate acting skills and the ease with which she carries out her roles. She has all the ingredients that are necessary to make a comedian; being expressions, comic timing and dialogue delivery. This is one comedian who is blessed with overflowing acting skills; don’t believe me? Just check out the number of awards she has won over the years. They are sure to make you a believer.
1) Ellen DeGeneres:
This stand up comedian and American actress is well known as the host of her own talk show The Ellen DeGeneres show. This stand up comedian has had audiences worldwide in splits with her witty humor and sarcastic jokes as she hosted the Academy awards and the prime time Emmy’s. So loved was her performance and humor that she has been roped in to host the Academy Awards for a second time on March 2nd 2014. I for one cannot wait to watch.