Comediennes

by Alyssamorris310 | created - 05 Nov 2012 | updated - 05 Nov 2012 | Public

1. Sarah Silverman

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 ...

2. Whitney Cummings

Actress | Made of Honor

Whitney Cummings was born on September 4, 1982 in Georgetown, Washington, District of Columbia, USA as Whitney Ann Cummings. She is a writer and actress, known for Made of Honor (2008), Whitney (2011) and The Wedding Ringer (2015).

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...

4. Carrie Snow

Writer | Roseanne

Carrie Snow is known for her work on Roseanne (1988).

5. Tracey Ullman

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.

7. Ellen DeGeneres

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 ...

10. Leslie Jones

Actress | Ghostbusters

Leslie Jones was born on September 7, 1967 in Memphis, Tennessee, USA. She is an actress and writer, known for Ghostbusters (2016), Masterminds (2016) and Saturday Night Live (1975).

11. Laura Kightlinger

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. ...

12. Laurie Kilmartin

Writer | Conan

Laurie Kilmartin was born in California, USA. She is a writer and producer, known for Conan (2010), Synching (2017) and American Dirtbags (2015).

13. Anjelah Johnson-Reyes

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.

14. Jen Kirkman

Writer | The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Jen Kirkman was born as Jennifer A. Kirkman. She is a writer and actress, known for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (2017), Home Again (2017) and Lez Chat (2010). She was previously married to Neil Mahoney.

15. Carol Leifer

Writer | Seinfeld

Carol Leifer was born on July 27, 1956 in New York, USA. She is a writer and producer, known for Seinfeld (1989), Alright Already (1997) and It's Like, You Know... (1999). She was previously married to Ritch Shydner.

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; ...

20. Julie Kavner

Actress | The Simpsons

Julie Kavner was born on September 7, 1950 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Julie Deborah Kavner. She is an actress, known for The Simpsons (1989), The Simpsons Movie (2007) and Click (2006).

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,...

24. Kathleen Madigan

Actress | Roman Holiday

Kathleen Madigan was born on September 30, 1965 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA as Kathleen Elizabeth Madigan. She is a producer and writer, known for Roman Holiday (2014), Foxworthy's Big Night Out (2006) and Gone Madigan (2010).

25. Susie Essman

Actress | Curb Your Enthusiasm

Susie Essman was born on May 31, 1955 in Mount Vernon, New York, USA as Susan Essman. She is an actress and writer, known for Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000), Bolt (2008) and Cop Out (2010). She has been married to Jim Harder since September 13, 2008.

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 ...

31. Mindy Kaling

Actress | The Office

Mindy Kaling was born on June 24, 1979 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA as Vera Mindy Chokalingam. She is an actress and producer, known for The Office (2005), Inside Out (2015) and Wreck-It Ralph (2012).

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...

39. Mary Lynn Rajskub

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.

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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 ...

46. Suzanne Westenhoefer

Actress | We Have to Stop Now

Suzanne Westenhoefer was born on March 31, 1961 in Columbia, Pennsylvania, USA. She is known for her work on We Have to Stop Now (2009), Genesis: The Future of Mankind Is Woman and A Family Affair (2001).

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 ...

49. Paula Poundstone

Actress | Inside Out

Paula Poundstone was born on December 29, 1959 in Huntsville, Alabama, USA. She is an actress and writer, known for Inside Out (2015), Hyperspace (1984) and Home Movies (1999).

50. Sommore

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 ...

51. Adele Givens

Actress | The Players Club

Adele Givens was born in Chicago, Illinois, USA. She is an actress and writer, known for The Players Club (1998), Martin (1992) and The Hughleys (1998).

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...



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