Top 10 Female Stand-up Comedians In 2020

Added by Maegan Clearwood on Apr 10, 2019

Joan Rivers

Joan Rivers talked about her boobs -- back in 1974, when it was a big, racy deal. She’s still talking about her boobs, and she’s still one of America’s best comedians. Her work is honest, crude, even self-deprecating, but always hilarious. As she put it, “I succeeded by saying what everyone else is thinking.” With one of the most prolific careers on this list -- more than 10 published books, dozens of film and television appearances, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame -- it’s no wonder she’s known as “The Queen of Comedy.”


Tig Notaro

If you can make cancer funny, you’re a comedic genius. Seriously, already an established entertainer (most memorably for her role as Officer Tig on Number Eight’s TV show), she casually waltzed onstage at the Largo in 2012 and transformed her news into an act: “"Thank you, thank you, I have cancer, thank you, I have cancer, really, thank you." Now lauded for her live album and appearances on “The Office” and “This American Life,” Notaro has established herself as one of America’s best comedians. In this YouTube video, she even manages to make a stool funny. A stool.

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