Publication date November 11, 2023

The 8 Greatest Female Comedians Who Will Make You Laugh Until You Cry

Who does not like watching comedy and laughing? I love seeing comedy shows too, it just makes my day even better.

In my opinion, one of the coolest things about comedy today is how artists are including new forms. I enjoy watching standup comedians but sometimes I even more like watching their Netflix specials on the couch.

But I also love discovering new funny female comedians who are changing the comedy landscape by starting their own comedy podcasts or bringing their lol-worthy acts to Instagram to TikTok.

There are many female stand-up comedians who are changing the game right now. From funny female actresses to movies to streaming on OTT platforms, here are the 8 greatest, one crucial thing in common, they are hilarious female comedians you need to take notice of right now. 

1. Wanda Sykes

Wanda Sykes

Source: Vulture

Wanda Sykes has been doing comedy since 19s and has done a lot. She was majorly recognized for her work as a writer on The Chris Rock Show, for which she won a Primetime Emmy Award in 1999. 

Wanda has also hosted a late-night talk show and the Academy Awards. She has recently dropped a brand new special, Wanda Sykes: I’m an Entertainer. 

2. Margaret Cho

Margaret Cho

Source: HBO

Margaret Cho, known for her unapologetic, raunchy standup comedy, has won many hearts. 

In the ‘90s, her most popular show All-American Girl became the first Asian American sitcom. As an actress, Margaret has acted in such roles as Charlene Lee in It’s My Party and John Travolta’s FBI colleague in the action film Face/Off. 

Today she is one of the best female comedians in Asian American standups, frequently incorporating her Korean heritage into her routines.

3. Ziwe

Ziwe is a comedian, writer, and self-proclaimed pop star known for her satirical commentary on politics, race relations, and young adulthood.

Initially, she launched her career on YouTube as a performer and writer. Ziwe has co-hosted podcasts and conducted many viral Instagram interviews that led directly to her variety show, Ziwe. There she shows her confrontational yet hilarious interview skills.

4. Amber Ruffin

Amber Ruffin

Source: Glamour

Amber Ruffin hosts her own late-night talk show, The Amber Ruffin Show on NBC and Peacock. There she makes current events and complex trendy subjects, funny. 

Ruffin has also been a writer on Late Night with Seth Meyer since 2014 and she has been featured in comedy shows like Key and Peele and Big Mouth. She’s also just a genuinely delightful person. 

5. Michelle Wolf

Michelle Wolf

Source: Oprah

Another one of the best female comedians, Michelle Wolf made headlines for weeks for her performance at the 2018 White House Correspondents’ Dinner. 

She hosted her own talk on Netflix, The Break with Michelle Wolf, and performed in the 2019 stand-up comedy special Joke Show. She has also worked as a contributor and writer for Late Night with Seth Meyers and The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. 

Debates of feminism, comedy, and the role of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner followed, but she never backed down from her set and continues to add harsh but fair political criticism in her work.

6. Nicole Byer

Nicole Byer

Source: Variety

Many of us who watched a lot of MTV after school certainly know Nicole Byer through Girl Code. Today, we can find her trying to get to the bottom of her love life on her podcast, ‘Why Won’t You Date Me?’

On her podcast, she interviews comedians, friends, and former flings about their romantic lives while trying to make sense of her own. 

You can also find her cracking jokes as the host of the Netflix comedic reality bake-off series Nailed It! Nicole has also received two Primetime Emmy Award nominations for this. 

7. Samantha Bee

Samantha Bee is among the best funny female actresses. She started her comedy career in Canada, where Bee performed sketch comedy with her troupe, the Atomic Fireballs. 

Bee ultimately became a household name when she became a fixture of The Daily Show, which she appeared on from 2003 to 2014 as a correspondent. 

As this show gained fame so did Bee. She eventually started her own show, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, which aired from 2015-2022, and she currently hosts a podcast, Choice Words with Samantha Bee.

Also, in 2017, Time named Samantha Bee one of the 100 most influential people in the world on their annual Time 100 list.

8. Patti Harrison

Patti Harrison is well known for her roles in comedy series such as Shrill (2019-2021) and I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson (2019-present), as well as the comedy film Together Together (2021). 

You might know her from her standup or the time she got banned from Twitter for changing her verified Twitter profile to make it look like she was the official Nilla Wafers account. 

Regardless of where you first saw the comedian, you probably agree that she is one of the best female comedians.

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