Top 10 Female Stand-up Comedians
When you read about the best comedians of all time, it’s usually a male-exclusive club; no girls allowed unless they’re raunchy enough to hold their own as “one of the guys.” But as you can see from the following list, it doesn’t take a Y chromosome to be a top comedian. The entertainers on this list aren’t popular because they talk about unladylike subjects or cure onstage (although none of these comedians are particularly reserved in their humor); they’re hilarious in their own right.
Remember that scene in “Pulp Fiction” where a young red-headed lady rushes out to help Ving Rhames after Bruce Willis hits him with his car? No? Well, that was Griffin making a cameo. You probably remember her better as that sassy, crass woman from “My Life on the D List.” Her subject matter, which touches on everything from sexuality to religion, has landed her a fair number of controversies and gotten her banned from several “tasteful” TV shows -- but she’s still considered one of America’s best comedians and a groundbreaking female entertainer.
It takes serious talent to be hilarious as a singing nun, but Whoopi’s just that legendary. And yes, in case you were wondering, her stage name is taken from the novelty item; as she puts it, “If you get a little gassy, you've got to let it go. So people used to say to me, 'You're like a whoopee cushion.’” An enormously versatile entertainer, she’s garnered accolades for everything from her comedy acts and films to dramatic roles to political activism. And now she’s on “The View” -- which is all that needs to be said on that account.