The 10 Funniest Women of All Time

The nominees for the Second Annual Comedy Awards on Comedy Central were announced last Monday. With the critically acclaimed power house of Bridesmaids coupled with the nominations of A-listers like Jennifer Aniston and Cameron Diaz (not to mention 5 nominations for Tina Fey’s 30 Rock), it should be a huge year for women in comedy. With this in mind let’s take a look at some of the funniest women ever to bust your gut.


10. Kristen Wiig –

The co-writer and star of Bridesmaids has had a big year so far, being nominated several times for both the Oscars and the Golden Globes. Initially accepted as a full cast member of Saturday Night Live in 2006, she has clearly become the show’s star – certainly more so than any man on the show. Wiig’s career is just blooming, and she’s got a lot of promise.


9. Cameron Diaz –

You can’t think of funny female performances without thinking of Diaz in There’s Something About Mary. Nominated this year for her role in Bad Teacher, the former model has proved herself in the field of comedy since her debut role in The Mask.  Going on 40 now, Diaz has still got a lot of laughs to cause.



8. Amy Poehler –

Nominated for her role in Parks and Recreation, Poehler has really made a name for herself. With her relatively-new show, she’s taken a step up, from SNL to the world of situational comedy. Kind of like someone else we know…




7. Joan Rivers –

Some people say that there are no funny female stand-up comedians. Those people have clearly never heard Joan Rivers. Her sharp humor paved the way for witty comedy not only for women, but for all comedians.




6. Marilyn Monroe –

Now what’s a girl like that doing on a list like this? While not typically thought of as a comedienne, Monroe pioneered sexual comedy, and she did it intelligently, without crude humor. Roles in films like Some Like It Hot sparked the kind of sexual humor that is so present in comedies today.



5. Jennifer Aniston  –

Her 10 year role on Friends earned her an Emmy and a Golden Globe Award. Since playing Rachel, Aniston has made us laugh and cry together like no other actress can. She received a nomination this year for Horrible Bosses.




4. Carol Burnett –

A living legend, Carol Burnett has had us keeling over for a little under 60 years. When the mutli-talented comedienne took her talents from Broadway to television, everyone else tuned in to see Burnett and her crew on The Carol Burnett Show. She is one of the most respected women in show business, and she deserves it.



3. Ellen DeGeneres –

Or more commonly referred to simply as: Ellen. Not only is Ellen perhaps the greatest female stand-up comedian of all time, but she is undoubtedly one of the funniest stand-up comedians period. Since pulling back on her stand-up and her acting career, the comedy powerhouse has settled down a bit on her talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show – but that doesn’t mean her viewers have been laughing any less.



2. Tina Fey –

Comedy-lovers today are so lucky that they get to see this comedienne in the prime of her career. Nominated for her performance on 30 Rock, Fey continues to prove her worth as one of the greatest of all time. From becoming SNL‘s first female head writer, to producing, writing, and starring in her hit series, 30 Rock, Fey continues to provide us with some hilarious entertainment. In other news, she’s allegedly interested in writing and directing movies…



1. Lucille Ball –

She was beautiful. She was intelligent. She was classy. And she was the funniest woman ever to strike show business. With shows like I Love Lucy and The Lucy Show, you’ll be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t know who Lucille Ball is. Ball proved to the world, and infamously her husband, that women can be just as hilarious as any man. Moreover, her show I Love Lucy, which ran over 60 years ago, is still as hilarious as the hit comedies airing on television today. In this list, some women are graded for how they influenced comedy. Others are graded simply on how funny they are. In either case, Lucille Ball is number one.



Agree with this list or am I forgetting someone? Let me know! Comment below!

9 Responses to The 10 Funniest Women of All Time

  1. Thom says:

    Not a single Brit?

  2. Chris says:

    How can you not have Anna Ferris on that list, come on Matt

  3. Shaina says:

    Chris, Ryan made this list not Matt ha ha

  4. richinkle says:

    Amy Poehler, Jennifer Aniston, Cameron Diaz and Tina Fey are all very deft and appealing comedians. But top 10 of all time they are not.

    I would place Rosanne Barr, Bea Arthur, Tracey Ullman and Betty White or Eve Arden or Mary Tyler Moore on this list instead.

    Kristin Wiig is just at the begining of her tv and movie career. However, she is possibly the most natually gifted sketch comedian ever. For that reason, she deserves inclusion.

  5. LaraP says:

    Agree wholeheartedly with what Richinkle said re: Kristin Wiig. She’s quickly becoming a favorite but I would still include Betty White, Tracey Ullman and even Jane Lynch among the funniest female comedians:

  6. Shannon says:

    Are you kidding me? Jennifer Aniston read from a script, what makes her funny? She is an actress not a comedian. How about Phyllis Diller or Lily Tomlin, or Monique. Really?????

  7. Adam W says:

    Stupid list. Where are Joan Rivers and Lily Tomlin? Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Aniston….are you joking?

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