Top 10 Female Stand-up Comedians

Added by Maegan Clearwood in Television (women, comedian, tv) on Dec 22, 2014
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.

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Kathy Griffin

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.


Chelsea Handler

“Are You There Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea” and “My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands":  You only need to look at her published work to get an idea of Chelsea Handler’s comic skills. After all, anyone who discovered her talent for comedy while entertaining a class of fellow DUI offenders is bound to develop a rather unique act. So she went on to make it big in Hollywood with her hit stand-up acts, her talk show “Chelsea Lately,” four New York Times best seller books, and any number of appearances and awards. Aside from one-night stands and drinking, her subject matter mostly consists of making cruel jokes at the expense of A-list celebrities -- which is awesome.

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