Top 10 Female Stand-up Comedians In 2015
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.
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.
Nine years ago, Sarah Millican’s life sucked: her husband of almost 10 years had suddenly abandoned her. Forced to move back in with her parents, the 29-year-old spent her evenings sobbing face-down on her bed, lamenting what she thought could only amount to a dead-end life as an old maid. But when she realized the pathetic hilarity of her situation, she decided to make a profit off of her ex’s idiocy: she made her story into a stand-up act entitled “Sarah Millican’s Not Nice,” and within a year she was one of England’s top comedians.