For the past two decades, female comedians have really begun to make a name for themselves. Yes, there’s been successful female comedians in the past such as Ellen DeGeneres, Joan Rivers, Kathy Griffin, and Whoopi Goldberg, but it seems that even lesser known female comedians are bursting into the limelight.
It can be tough for a female comedian. There are people out there that believe female comedians can’t be funny — and that just isn’t true. Tina Fey is one of the best writers to ever work on Saturday Night Live, Amy Schumer has become a household name, and whether you love her or hate her — Melissa McCarthy has proven that she does a great Sean Spicer impersonation. Women can be funny, but you may not find every female comedian funny, just like you won’t find every male comedian funny either.
Just because a female comedian is on this list doesn’t necessarily mean that she isn’t funny. There are a few comedians on this list that are hilarious — but they are even more beautiful than they are funny. And that’s saying a lot. There are a few comedians on this list that you may think are genuinely unfunny. Their comedy may not be for you but that doesn’t mean that their looks aren’t.
15. Sarah Silverman
It doesn’t matter what you say — Sarah Silverman is stunning. You may hate her for her outspoken political views or the fact that she fabricated a gender wage gap story, but she’s one of the best female comedians to date. Not only that, but she has the looks to blend her into the Hollywood scene. There’s no one defining moment in Sarah Silverman’s career because most of her creative projects have been adored by fans and critics. However, one that stands out as a highlight of her career is The Sarah Silverman Program. If you haven’t already, even if you aren’t a fan of her comedy, check out the show. It was created by Silverman and Community creator Dan Harmon. It’s comedic gold.
14. Whitney Cummings
Some people love to hate the shows Whitney Cummings has created. One of her lesser known shows, Whitney, was received poorly by critics and cancelled after two seasons. You may be familiar with her other show, 2 Broke Girls, and if you’ve watched it, you might think that the show is painfully unfunny because the jokes are too predictable — and most people would agree with you. But, hey, some people like it. The sixth season recently finished airing and it was the most poorly received season to date.
Whitney Cummings took a shot at stand-up comedy for the first time in 2004, and auditioned for Last Comic Standing in 2008 but was told that she didn’t make the cut. In 2014, she released an hour-long special titled I Love You on Comedy Central.
13. Natasha Leggero
Natasha Leggero is a veteran when it comes to performing stand-up on late night television. She’s performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Last Call with Carson Daly, and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. In addition to her performances on television, she’s entertained crowds at festivals such as SXSW, Bonnaroo, and the Montreal Comedy Festival. She’s currently the star of the Comedy Central series Another Period, a faux reality show that parodies Keeping Up With The Kardashians, though the show is struggling to find an audience. It’s considered a hidden gem on Comedy Central and is definitely worth giving a chance if you hate the reality television takeover.
12. Iliza Shlesinger
Iliza Shlesinger has been gaining mainstream attention in the comedy scene since she won the 2008 season of Last Comic Standing. In 2013, she released her first comedy album, War Paint, followed by Freezing Hot in 2015, with her most recent special being Confirmed Kills, which premiered on Netflix in 2016. Her stand-up specials are usually considered to be okay by fans and critics. There isn’t anything in particular that stands out about her act but she has proven that she is consistently alright. Although she is a victim of the latest celebrity leak scandal, Shlesinger is no stranger to sharing racy photos on her Instagram account.
11. Aisha Tyler
Aisha Tyler is a hilarious media personality and current host of Whose Line is it Anyway? She might be best known to you as the voice of Lana Kane in Archer, which is a shame because she is stunning. She shouldn’t have to hide in an audio booth. We couldn’t be happier that she has been added to the list of main cast members on Criminal Minds after appearing on a number of episodes as a recurring actor. She’s appeared on other television shows such as CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and 24.
10. Kate McKinnon
Kate McKinnon is known for her extensive catalog of celebrity impressions on Saturday Night Live. Some of these impressions include Hillary Clinton, Iggy Azalea, Justin Bieber, Lorde, and even Keith Urban. McKinnon starred in the controversial remake Ghostbusters, playing the role of Dr. Jillian Holtzmann. The film was considered to be a box office bomb, losing an estimated $75 million, but that may be a reflection on consumers rather than the quality of the film. Moviegoers were outraged that the film starred an all female cast to contrast the fact that the original films were an all-male cast.
McKinnon has made a name for herself in the underground stand-up comedy scene but is yet to break through and release a comedy special of her own. There’s nothing wrong with that, as long as she continues to leave our tummies aching on Saturday Night Live.
9. Garfunkel and Oates
Garfunkel and Oates are an American comedy duo that perform folk music. Their name comes from combining Art Garfunkel (of Simon and Garfunkel) and John Oates (of Hall and Oates). The duo has had music featured in Scrubs, The Half Hour, and The Big Bang Theory. They’ve been nominated for an Emmy under the category of outstanding original music and lyrics for their Vimeo special, Garfunkel and Oates: Trying to be Special. The comedy special doubled as a fundraiser to help them fundraise for their comedy special. It’s really quite clever. These women manage to be talented, loved, and they get extra kudos for only using their sex appeal every so often. The above photo was taken to help promote their album Slippery When Moist.
8. Chelsea Handler
Chelsea Handler is the former host of the late-night talk show Chelsea Lately where she proved that she has the comedic chops to host a successful talk show. Her success as a host earned her a position on Time’s list of 100 Most Influential People in 2012. Currently, Handler hosts a new talk show on Netflix called Chelsea as a follow up to her documentary series Chelsea Does that was released on Netflix in 2016. Her sex appeal landed her on the 2009 December edition of Playboy, where, inside, she posed for a few non-nude photographs.
Handler was outspoken for her hatred of Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential election and said that if he was elected, he would end civilization.
7. Chelsea Peretti
Chelsea Peretti was thrown into the limelight for her role as Gina Linetti on Brooklyn Nine-Nine. You never really get a good look at her body during the show, but when you do, you’ll realize that she has quite the bottom on her. Since appearing on the show, Peretti has released a Netflix special of her own titled Chelsea Peretti: One of the Greats. It’s not the best Netflix produced comedy special, but it’s a step in the right direction for someone fairly new to Hollywood. Last year, Peretti married actor and comedian Jordan Peele and announced that she was pregnant in February of this year so it’s safe to say that she’s off the market.
6. Katherine Ryan
Katherine Ryan is a Canadian comedian, working in the United Kingdom. You may recognize her from panel shows such as 8 Out of 10 Cats, Would I Lie to you? QI, and Have I Got News For You. She’s performed on BBC’s Live at the Apollo and won the 2008 Nivea Funny Women award. In February 2017, she released her Netflix comedy special Katherine Ryan: In Trouble which you’ll find surprisingly entertaining.
Katherine Ryan faced controversy in 2013 with a joke that was considered racist. In one of her stand-up acts, Ryan was speaking about cosmetic testing and said, “We don’t use any of our products on animals. We use Filipino children.” She defended her joke on Twitter and in her Netflix special stating that the joke was taken out of context.
5. Nikki Glaser
It’s really a shame that Nikki Glaser isn’t more well known because she has some serious comedic chops. Glaser has performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Conan, and two seasons of the show Last Comic Standing. She’s hosted a number of podcasts, appeared on countless shows with other comedians, and appeared on the 2016 Comedy Central Roast of Rob Lowe where she tore Ann Coulter to shreds. Additionally, Nikki Glaser hosted the weekly MTV show Nikki & Sara Live, a show received positively by critics but never really found a consistent audience. The show was cancelled after two seasons.
4. Amy Schumer
With the release of her latest Netflix stand-up routine Amy Schumer: The Leather Special, she’s attracted a lot of hateful comments online. It seems like everyone went from thinking she was funny to nitpicking pieces of her stand-up routine and attacking her physical appearance. She’s been accused of stealing jokes for her stand-up act and for her show, Inside Amy Schumer, but she’s taking the criticism with a grain of salt. She recently addressed the astounding amount of negative reviews for Amy Schumer: The Leather Special and said that most people online are trying to troll her and that she is unphased by what they say. She’s become a lot like Nickelback — everyone loves to hate her. She has enough mainstream success that she’s been able to find an audience of people that love her comedy. But even if you hate her comedy, you’ll have no problem saying that she’s sexier than she is funny.
3. Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Julia Louis-Dreyfus captured the hearts of men everywhere when she played the role of Elaine Benes on Seinfeld. There were a number of outfits that she would that revealed her lovely lady lumps. Hell, any fan of the show will remember when her character tried to seduce a man in a restaurant by practically shoving her cleavage in his face, to which he paid no attention. She further flaunted her sex appeal during an episode where she left a saucy message on Jerry Seinfeld’s tape recorder that probably sparked a lot of men’s interest in phone sex.
We’ve seen her transition into a mature woman over the years, but she’s remained just as talented and sexy as she was all those years ago. Currently, Julia Louis-Dreyfus produces and stars in the political-satire show Veep which has been critically acclaimed and won more than its fair share of awards.
2. Aubrey Plaza
Aubrey Plaza began her Hollywood career as an intern while performing improv and sketch comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. She’s appeared in movies that are cult classics (Mystery Team, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) and a number of mediocre comedies (Dirty Grandpa, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates) but you would know her best as April Ludgate from Parks and Recreation. It’s hard to say what makes her so sexy. Maybe it’s her attitude when she speaks or her quirks in interviews, but it doesn’t really matter. She’s gorgeous.
1. Tina Fey
Tina Fey is the face of female comedians. She’s hilarious, she’s smart, she’s sexy, and she’s responsible for some of the greatest movies and television shows in recent history. She was the creator and writer for the show 30 Rock, walked Saturday Night Live through another golden era of comedy, and wrote the movie that defined a generation of teenage girls: Mean Girls. You’d be hard pressed to find a female comedian with as many accolades as her, as many successful creative projects under their belt, and someone who has consistently made men’s heads turn. When anyone says that women can’t be funny, Tina Fey should be the go-to example to prove them wrong.