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10 Funny Women On The Rise

No matter how bad life gets, if you can laugh in the midst of tragedy and heartbreak, the pain and misery are eased – if only for a brief but priceless moment. Since the first guy made a buck telling

No matter how bad life gets, if you can laugh in the midst of tragedy and heartbreak, the pain and misery are eased – if only for a brief but priceless moment. Since the first guy made a buck telling jokes in a cheesy nightclub, we've relied on the comedy of strangers ward off the demons and crack a smile.

While males have dominated the world of comedy for most of our lives, funny females that gained celebrity have been less common, with noted yet spotty phenoms like Lucille Ball, Betty White, Roseanne Barr, Phyllis Diller and Carol Burnett busting us up over the past 60 years.

The past decade has spawned a new crop of funny ladies, some who are just getting started and others whose "overnight success" has culminated after years, if not decades of paying dues in comedy clubs, sitcoms and movies. Keep tabs on these women; they're honing their skills in a variety of venues.

10 Amy Schumer

9 Katy Mixon

8  Melissa Fumero

7 Stephanie Beatriz

6 Eden Sher

5 Aubry Plaza

4 Sarah Hyland

3 Ellie Kemper

2  Kristin Wiig

1 Melissa McCarthy

It's rare to find a comic actor who can pull off physical slapstick and funny dialogue with equal perfection; McCarthy is an expert at both. Her roots in sketch and improv with The Groundlings led to stand-up performances and eventually to film, TV and theater. She stole the show in the Bridesmaids movie and as a newly married school teacher turned author on TV's Mike & Molly, her chemistry and banter with the cast have made it one of the biggest comedy hits in recent years. Her talents have already far surpassed those of her cousin Jenny McCarthy and she's barely got started.

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