25 Female Comedians Everyone Should Know

This month marked the latest dust-up in the long-running struggle for greater diversity in comedy, when Jerry “Too Rich and Famous to Give a Crap About How Awful He Sounds” Seinfeld dismissed concerns about the abundance of white men on his web series at “PC nonsense.” What Seinfeld didn’t seem to realize was that statements like, “If you’re funny, I’m interested. If you’re not funny, I’m not interested” imply that women and people of color are, um… fundamentally less hilarious than Caucasian dudes. Here’s a sampling of 25 ladies who blow that misconception out of the water; our roundup of POC comedians will be coming soon. (NB: We’re assuming you already know heavyweights like Sarah Silverman and Tina Fey, so we omitted them from the list in favor of more up-and-coming funny women.)


Jenny Slate

Her tenure at SNL may have come to a premature end thanks to an on-air F-bomb, but Slate’s done quite well for herself since leaving the late night juggernaut. Most visibly, she’s had a star turn as Jean-Ralphio’s equally obnoxious twin sister on Parks and Recreation, but she’s put in appearances everywhere from much-missed cult hit Bored to Death to Bob’s Burgers and House of Lies. And of course, she’s the voice of Marcel the Shell with Shoes On, the most adorable series of shorts to ever grace the Internet.

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Sarah Silverman? How is she not on this list.


no natasha leggero?? she's funnier than half the comics on this list. 

Michael Durbin
Michael Durbin

The list of "25 Female Comedians Everyone Should Know" included some stellar choices, namely:   Notaro (my fav), Esposito, Schumer, Schaal, Slate, Peretti, Bamford, and Fero.  However, Kulap Vilaysack belongs nowhere near this list, and her inclusion is at the expense of genuinely accomplished, funny women (i.e. Jessica St. Clair, Katie Dippold, Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci, Stephanie Allynne, Lauren Lapkus, Natasha Leggero, Jen Kirkman, April Richardson, Erica Rhodes, etc.).  

Vilaysack is known best for co-hosting a podcast on her husband's podcasting network.  On that podcast, "Who Charted?", she will occasionally spotlight an interesting song but, other than that, she offers little aside from her boisterous laughs at the talented Howard Kremer, an incessant utterance of the phrase "chart exclusive", and a keen ability to count backwards from 5.  

Both "Who Charted?" and this list would benefit from her replacement by a female who deserves the moniker of "should know" comedian.  And, it is important that she's replaced on this list because Vilaysack doesn't "blow out of the water" the spurious misconception about women not being funny, rather she lends a specious credibility to the claim


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