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Top 20 Female Comedians

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Rated 1 point - posted 9 years ago by writershire in category People.
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Gilda Radner Report Abuse
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Shirley Hemphill Report Abuse
Shirley Ann Hemphill (July 1, 1947 – December 10, 1999) was an American stand-up comedian and actress. She was best known for her role on the television situation comedy What's Happening!!, which ran from 1976 to 1979.
81 points - added 7 years ago by redbarron80 - 1 comment
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Oh dear no. Did you know the #1 choice here annoyed the hell out of the #6 choice (Ms. Ball) when she took her comedy class back in the 1970's? All she had going for her was a wacky demeanor and a 'fro.
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Doris Roberts Report Abuse
American actress/comedian, best known for playing Marie Barone on Everybody Loves Raymond!
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Joan Rivers Report Abuse
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Marilyn Monroe Report Abuse
She's more than just a sex symbol. Marilyn was the greatest female comedy actresses of her time and remains one of the greatest of all time.
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Elayne Boosler Report Abuse
Hilarious
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One of the original female stand-ups. She should be ranked much higher.
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Betty White Report Abuse
Best known as the the ditzy Rose Nylund on "The Golden Girls", Betty White is one of the most recognizable and memorable faces of comedy, with a career spanning over 65 years!
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Totie Fields Report Abuse
(1927-1978) Perhaps second only to Phyllis Diller as a pioneer for women stand-up comedy. Was known for frequent talk show appearances which left all other guests and the host in stitches. Her act also at times included singing
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If more post-baby-boomers knew of her, she'd be #1 on this list. She could work a crowd like nobody else, and could probably have made reading the phone book funny. Look her up.
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Shelly Long Report Abuse
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Jane Curtin Report Abuse
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Carrie Fisher Report Abuse
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Tina Fey Report Abuse
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Suzanne Westenhoefer Report Abuse
Forget Ellen, Rosie, and Wanda. This stand-up artist has "out" from DAY ONE in her career, and as a result was more naturally funny than all the others. Her comedy CD "Nothing In My Closet But My Clothes" proved her to be a gifted storyteller. She deserves greater recognition as a GLBT pioneer in comedy.
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Kate Clinton Report Abuse
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Victoria Wood Report Abuse
A BAFTA award winning English comedienne, actor, singer and writer most famous for her sitcom Victoria Wood As Seen On TV which led her to become one of world's most popular stand-up comedians.
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Mary Tyler Moore Report Abuse
Mary Tyler Moore played Dick Van Dyke's "cheerfully patient" wife Laura Petrie on the hit 1960s sitcom The Dick Van Dyke Show...which later landed her her own show The Mary Tyler Moore Show.
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Retha Jones Report Abuse
Hilarious, too!
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Lucille Ball Report Abuse
Star of "I Love Lucy" Lucille Ball is the woman who will always be remembered as the crazy, accident-prone, lovable Lucy Ricardo.
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Simply the best ever, regardless of how this silly poll ranks her. She didn't have to use foul language and sexual jokes like today's "talents" have to in order to get a laugh. There will never be another like her again!
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Even those closest to Lucy would not call her a "comedian". She herself said she was not funny. She was a terrific actor who could milk every drop of comedy out of a line; but, like Monroe, she needed a script. IMO to be a "top comedian" you should be funny right out of the gate.
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Lucille Ball the most beautifull and charismatic woman is the world of acting comedy. She's the Diva of splendor and glamor of America Movie Comedy of all times. Thank you Lucille Ball.
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Ellen DeGeneres Report Abuse
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Kathy Griffin Report Abuse
Arguably the biggest name in sand-up (male or female) of the 2000's and 2010's, with year-round touring, comedy CD's, a talk show on Bravo (spun off from her popular reality show), Emmy wins and Grammy nominations to boot. Does best as a storyteller, worst when descending into commentary on universally-loathed reality show "stars".
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Whoopi Goldberg Report Abuse
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Her eponymous 1985 Broadway show remains a tour-de-force essential. (And it has aged well). For that reason alone deserves to be on this list. Trivia: Appeared in more films in the 1990's than any other female film star.
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