Comediennesby Alyssamorris310 | created - 05 Nov 2012 | updated - 05 Nov 2012 | Public
Actress | Wreck-It Ralph
Sarah Silverman was most recently the host of the two-time Emmy-nominated weekly topical series, I Love You America, which streamed on Hulu and also received a Writers Guild Awards nomination.
Silverman is currently working on a musical adaptation of her 2010 memoir and New York Times Bestseller ...
3. Joan Rivers
Actress | Spaceballs
Joan Rivers was born on June 8, 1933 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Joan Alexandra Molinsky. She was a writer and actress, known for Spaceballs (1987), Iron Man 3 (2013) and Serial Mom (1994). She was married to Edgar Rosenberg and James Bennat Sanger. She died on September 4, 2014 in...
Actress | The Tracey Ullman Show
Tracey Ullman (born Trace Ullman) is a multiple award-winning television, stage and film actress who performs as a comedian, singer, dancer, as well as works as a screenwriter, producer, director, author, and businesswoman. She holds dual British and American citizenship.
Ullman's early appearances ...
6. Tig Notaro
Actress | One Mississippi
Tig Notaro was born on March 24, 1971 in Jackson, Mississippi, USA as Mathilde O'Callaghan Notaro. She is an actress and writer, known for One Mississippi (2015), Instant Family (2018) and Walk of Shame (2014). She has been married to Stephanie Allynne since October 24, 2015. They have two children.
Producer | Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Emmy-winning talk show host Ellen Lee DeGeneres was born in Metairie, Louisiana, a New Orleans suburb. She is the daughter of Betty DeGeneres (née Elizabeth Jane Pfeffer), a speech therapist, and Elliott Everett DeGeneres, an insurance agent. Her brother is musician and producer Vance DeGeneres. ...
8. Margaret Cho
Producer | Margaret Cho: PsyCHO
Margaret Cho was born Dec. 5, 1968 and raised in San Francisco. Her grandfather was a Methodist minister who ran an orphanage in Seoul during the Korean War. Ignoring the traditions of her patriarchal culture, her mother bravely resisted an arranged marriage in Korea and married Margaret's father ...
9. Wanda Sykes
Actress | Monster-in-Law
Wanda Sykes has been called one of the funniest stand-up comics by her peers and ranks among Entertainment Weekly's 25 Funniest People in America. Her smart-witted stand-up has sent her career in many different areas.
She was recently seen in Comedy Central's Wanda Does It (2004), where she tried ...
Actress | PEN15
Laura Kightlinger is a writer, stand-up comic, and actor. Her comedic roles include self-obsessed mom, Deb Taylor, in "PEN15" on Hulu, and Nurse Shelia in the re-upped "Will&Grace", (which she played in the original series). She's been a consulting producer on "Will&Grace" since its inception. ...
Actress | Our Family Wedding
Anjelah Johnson-Reyes was born as Anjelah Nicole Johnson. She is an actress and writer, known for Our Family Wedding (2010), Enough Said (2013) and Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (2009). She has been married to Manwell Reyes since June 11, 2011.
16. Maria Bamford
Actress | Barnyard
Maria was born in Port Hueneme, California at the Naval Base. Her parents are Joel (dermatologist) and Marilyn (therapist) of Duluth, MN. She attended Chester Park Elementary and Marshall High School in Duluth MN and went on to attend Bates College (Lewiston, ME), University of Edinburgh (Scotland)...
17. Roseanne Barr
Producer | Roseanne
Firebrand Roseanne Barr has long been one of America's funniest and most controversial comedians.
She was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Helen (Davis), a cashier and bookkeeper, and Jerome Hershel "Jerry" Barr, a salesman. Her family was Jewish, and had moved to the U.S. from Russia, Lithuania, ...
18. Lily Tomlin
Actress | Nashville
Lily Tomlin was born September 1, 1939 in Detroit, Michigan, to Lillie Mae (Ford) and Guy Tomlin, who moved to Michigan from Paducah, Kentucky, during the Great Depression. Her mother was a nurse's aide and her father was a factory worker. She graduated from Cass Technical High School in 1957, and ...
19. Judy Gold
Actress | The Curse of the Jade Scorpion
Two-time 'Emmy Award' winner Judy Gold is a veteran of stand-up comedy, known for her edgy wit, sharp timing, and infamous crowd work. Consistently appealing to all generations and backgrounds, Judy can be found throughout most mediums of entertainment: TV; Film; Web-Series'; Stage; Storytelling; ...
21. Natasha Leggero
Actress | Let's Be Cops
Natasha Leggero was born on March 26, 1974 in Rockford, Illinois, USA as Natasha Terese Leggero. She is an actress and writer, known for Let's Be Cops (2014), He's Just Not That Into You (2009) and Another Period (2013). She has been married to Moshe Kasher since October 11, 2015. They have one ...
22. Janeane Garofalo
Actress | Ratatouille
Janeane, the petite woman with the acerbic wit, was born in Newton, New Jersey, in 1964, to Joan, a secretary, and Carmine Garofalo, an Exxon executive. She is of Italian and Irish descent. Janeane had many jobs before breaking into show biz. She worked as a bike messenger, a shoe saleswoman, ...
23. Tina Fey
Writer | 30 Rock
Elizabeth Stamatina Fey was born in 1970 in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, just west of Philadelphia, to Xenobia "Jeanne" (Xenakes), a brokerage employee, and Donald Henry Fey, who wrote grant proposals for universities. Her mother is Greek, born in Piraeus, while her father had German, Northern Irish,...
26. Kathy Griffin
Actress | Suddenly Susan
Kathy Griffin was raised in the near-west Chicago suburbs, in an Irish-American family. She has three older brothers and an older sister. When her parents retired to California, Kathy moved west with them after graduating from Oak Park River Forest High School and began trying to break into show ...
27. Kim Coles
Actress | Living Single
Kim Coles was born on January 11, 1962 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Kimberly Coles. She is an actress and writer, known for Living Single (1993), Frasier (1993) and Kids in America (2005). She has been married to Reggie Mckiver since June 17, 2015.
28. Lisa Lampanelli
Actress | Drillbit Taylor
Lisa Lampenelli is one of the most high-profile insult comics. Though actually born in Connecticut, she is identified as a New Yorker, where she built up her career on the stand-up comic circuit. She is known for her outrageous pot shots at celebrities as well as references to her own weight and ...
29. Jillian Bell
Actress | 22 Jump Street
Jillian Bell was raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. She began studying improv at the age of eight. She graduated from Bishop Gorman High School in 2002, and then moved to Los Angeles, where she became a member of the Groundlings. She auditioned for Saturday Night Live, and though she did not join the ...
30. Kristen Wiig
Actress | Bridesmaids
Kristen Carroll Wiig was born on August 22, 1973 in Canandaigua, New York, to Laurie J. (Johnston), an artist, and Jon J. Wiig, a lake marina manager. She is of Norwegian (from her paternal grandfather), Irish, English, and Scottish descent. The family moved to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, before ...
32. Anne Meara
Actress | Night at the Museum
Comedienne Anna Meara, with her husband Jerry Stiller, were members of the improvisational company, the Compass Players, which later became The Second City Theater. They performed as a duo under the name "Stiller and Meara", and after some time, became regulars on Ed Sullivan's show, The Ed ...
33. Kaitlin Olson
Actress | Finding Dory
Born in Portland, Oregon, Kaitlin cultivated her passion for acting at the University of Oregon, where she got her Bachelor's degree in Theatre Arts. After her stint on stage, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting professionally. She began at The Groundlings Theatre in Hollywood, training ...
34. Rosie O'Donnell
Actress | Tarzan
Rosie O'Donnell was born into an Irish-American family in Commack, Long Island. She is the middle of 5 children, and is the daughter of Roseann Teresa (Murtha) and Edward Joseph O'Donnell, an electrical engineer for the defense industry. Her mother died when she was ten. She said that she watched ...
35. Amy Poehler
Actress | Inside Out
Amy Meredith Poehler was born in Newton, Massachusetts, to high school teachers Eileen Frances (Milmore) and William Grinstead Poehler. Her brother is comedian Greg Poehler. She is of Irish (from her mother) and English, Irish, German, and Portuguese (from her father) descent. Amy was first ...
36. Kulap Vilaysack
Actress | Bajillion Dollar Propertie$
Kulap Vilaysack was born on May 11, 1980 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA. She is an actress and writer, known for Bajillion Dollar Propertie$ (2016), The Office (2005) and Parks and Recreation (2009). She is married to Scott Aukerman.
37. Charlyne Yi
Actress | This Is 40
Californian Charlyne Yi has many strings to her bow as an actress, comedian, writer, musician and artist. She grew up in the Inland Empire in California. After attending the University of California, Riverside, she left and began a career as a comedian. Her innovative routine includes jokes, music,...
38. Maya Rudolph
Actress | Bridesmaids
Maya Rudolph was born on July 27, 1972 in Gainesville, Florida, to Richard Rudolph, a music producer, and soul singer Minnie Riperton. Her mother was African-American and her father is Ashkenazi Jewish (from a family from Lithuania, Russia, Germany, and Hungary). In 1973, Maya, her parents, and her...
Actress | 24
Mary Lynn Rajskub is an American actress, comedienne and singer who is best known as a co-star of Kiefer Sutherland on the popular television series 24 (2001).
She was born on June 22, 1971, in Detroit, Michigan, into a family of Irish, Czech, and Polish ancestry. She was brought up in Trenton, ...
40. Nicole Sullivan
Actress | Meet the Robinsons
Nicole Sullivan grew up doing theater in NYC, then went on to study theater at Northwestern University. After moving to LA, her career started in 1995 when she got cast on "MADtv" (1995)_. Nicole then joined the cast of "The King of Queens" (1998)_ for 5 seasons, playing opposite Jerry Stiller. She...
41. Debra Wilson
Actress | Batman: The Enemy Within
Debra Wilson was born on April 26, 1962 in South Ozone Park, Queens, New York City, New York, USA as Debra Renee Wilson. She is known for her work on Batman: The Enemy Within (2017), Over the Hedge (2006) and Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (2008). She has been married to Cliff Skelton ...
42. Sherri Shepherd
Actress | Precious
Sherri Evonne Shepherd was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. When she was 11, her family moved to the suburb Hoffman Estates. Her father, Lawrence, was a food service manager at Sambos Restaurant and a church deacon, and her mother, LaVerne, cleaned homes.
Sherri started her stand-up career in ...
43. Amy Schumer
Writer | Trainwreck
Amy Schumer was born on June 1, 1981 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA as Amy Beth Schumer. She is a writer and actress, known for Trainwreck (2015), I Feel Pretty (2018) and Snatched (2017). She has been married to Chris Fischer since February 13, 2018. They have one child.
44. Kate Micucci
Actress | When in Rome
Kate Micucci was born in New Jersey and spent most of her school years in Pennsylvania. As a kid, she focused on playing outside in the woods and playing classical piano. In college, she majored in art, focusing on painting and making puppets. She received an A.A. in Fine Arts from Keystone College.
45. Riki Lindhome
Actress | The Last House on the Left
Riki Lindhome was born in Coudersport, Pennsylvania but grew up primarily in Portville, New York (about 80 miles south of Buffalo). Her first break came when Tim Robbins cast her in his hit play, "Embedded", which played at the Public Theater in New York City, Riverside Studios in London and The ...
47. Betty White
Actress | The Proposal
Betty White was born in Oak Park, Illinois, to Christine Tess (Cachikis), a homemaker, and Horace Logan White, a lighting company executive for the Crouse-Hinds Electric Company. She is of Danish, Greek, English, and Welsh descent.
Although best known as the devious Sue Ann Nivens on the classic ...
48. Stephnie Weir
Actress | MADtv
Stephnie Weir was raised in Texas and attended Odessa Junior College studying theater and broadcasting. Following that she went on to attend Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, were she studied anthropology and women's studies.
As she expanded on her creative talents in Chicago, Ms. Weir ...
Actress | Friday After Next
She is the half sister of Nia Long who played in the first Friday. She and Long share the same father and have never been in the same movie. She attended Morris Brown College in Atlanta, Georgia (where movies like Drumline and Stomp the Yard were filmed). Sommore appeared with Monique in the ...
52. Loni Love
Actress | Mother's Day
Loni was born & raised in Detroit, Michigan. After graduating from Cass Technical High School on 1989, she went to Prairie View A&M University in Houston, Texas for about 4 years & got her engineering degree. Though Loni Love is a stand-up comedian, Loni worked as an engineer for IBM and other ...
53. Aubrey Plaza
Actress | Safety Not Guaranteed
Aubrey Christina Plaza (born June 26, 1984) is an American actress and comedian known for her deadpan style. She portrayed April Ludgate on Parks and Recreation (2009), and after appearing in supporting roles in several films, had her first leading role in the 2012 comedy Safety Not Guaranteed (...
54. Chelsea Peretti
Actress | Parks and Recreation
Chelsea Peretti is a stand-up comedian, actress and writer who appeared in FOX's Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2013). The show won two Golden Globe Awards in 2014 including one for Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy.
Peretti starred alongside Andy Samberg, Terry Crews and Joe Lo Truglio as 'Gina ...
55. Sandra Bernhard
Actress | The King of Comedy
Love her or hate her, this comic diva is a one-of-a-kind, in-your-face, take-no-prisoners artiste. Racy, confrontational, offensive, cynical, off-putting and angst-ridden to a T, this flinty stand-up from Flint, Michigan was born on June 6, 1955, the daughter of Jerome Bernhard, a proctologist, and...