Funniest Women

by Eoin1993 | created - 27 Jan 2016 | updated - 9 months ago | Public

1. 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,...

2. 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 ...

3. 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 ...

4. Ilana Glazer

Actress | Rough Night

Ilana Glazer was born on April 12, 1987 in Long Island, New York, USA as Ilana Rose Glazer. She is an actress and writer, known for Rough Night (2017), Broad City (2014) and Broad City (2010). She has been married to David Rooklin since February 25, 2017.

5. Ali Wong

Writer | Ali Wong: Baby Cobra

Ali Wong was born on April 19, 1982 in San Francisco, California, USA as Alexandra Dawn Wong. She is an actress and writer, known for Ali Wong: Baby Cobra (2016), American Housewife (2016) and Black Box (2014). She has been married to Justin Hakuta since November 27, 2014. They have two children.

6. Jessica Williams

Actress | The Incredible Jessica James

Jessica Williams was born on July 31, 1989 in California, USA. She is an actress and producer, known for The Incredible Jessica James (2017), Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (2015) and Delivery Man (2013).

7. 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), Inside Amy Schumer (2013) and I Feel Pretty (2018). She has been married to Chris Fischer since February 13, 2018.

8. 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).

9. Jenny Slate

Actress | Zootopia

Jenny Slate was born on March 25, 1982 in Milton, Massachusetts, USA as Jenny Sarah Slate. She is an actress and writer, known for Zootopia (2016), Obvious Child (2014) and The Secret Life of Pets (2016). She was previously married to Dean Fleischer-Camp.

10. Sharon Horgan

Actress | Catastrophe

Sharon Horgan was born on July 13, 1970 in Hackney, London, England. She is an actress and producer, known for Catastrophe (2015), Pulling (2006) and Imagine Me & You (2005). She has been married to Jeremy Rainbird since October 16, 2006. They have two children.

11. Phoebe Robinson

Actress | I Love Dick

Phoebe Robinson is a writer and actress, known for I Love Dick (2016), Portlandia (2011) and Ibiza (2018).

12. 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).

13. Sarah Silverman

Actress | Wreck-It Ralph

Two-time Emmy Award winner Sarah Silverman is one of the most versatile talents in entertainment, with credits including that of actress, creator, writer, executive producer, comedian, and author. Silverman will next be seen in both The Book of Henry and The Lonely Island's Popstar: Never Stop ...

14. Rachel Bloom

Actress | Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Rachel Bloom is best known for co-creating and starring in the tv series "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" for which she has won a Golden Globe, Critics' Choice and TCA Award. She was born in 1987 and hails from Manhattan Beach, California. Rachel attended NYU, Tisch School of the Arts in New York City for ...

15. 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...

16. Rachel Dratch

Actress | Just Go with It

Rachel Dratch grew up in Lexington, Massachusetts. After graduating from Dartmouth College with a degree in Drama and Psychology, she moved out to Chicago, where she studied with Del Close at Improvolympic. She was on the house team, "Victim's Family", with Adam McKay. Rachel went on to tour with ...

17. Casey Wilson

Actress | Gone Girl

Casey Wilson was born on October 24, 1980 in Alexandria, Virginia, USA as Cathryn Rose Wilson. She is an actress and writer, known for Gone Girl (2014), Ass Backwards (2013) and Bride Wars (2009). She has been married to David Caspe since May 25, 2014. They have two children.

18. Tiffany Haddish

Actress | Girls Trip

Tiffany Haddish was born on December 3, 1979 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Tiffany Sarac Haddish. She is an actress and writer, known for Girls Trip (2017), Keanu (2016) and The Carmichael Show (2015). She was previously married to William Stewart.

19. Chelsea Peretti

Actress | Parks and Recreation

Chelsea Peretti is a stand-up comedian, actress and writer who currently appears 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 stars alongside Andy Samberg, Terry Crews and Joe Lo Truglio as '...

20. 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 (...

21. Issa Rae

Producer | Insecure

Issa Rae was born on January 12, 1985 in Los Angeles, California, USA. She is a producer and actress, known for Insecure (2016), The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl (2011) and The Choir (2013).

22. Ellie Kemper

Actress | Bridesmaids

Ellie Kemper, born Elizabeth Claire Kemper on May 2, 1980, is an American actress, comedian, and writer. She is best-known for her role as "Erin Hannon" in the NBC series The Office (2005), as well as her supporting roles in the films Bridesmaids (2011) and 21 Jump Street (2012)). She plays the ...

23. Katherine Ryan

Writer | The Duchess

Katherine Ryan is a Canadian comedian and TV personality, based in London England.

In her relatively short time as a professional stand-up, Katherine has performed at Yuk Yuks venues across Canada, clubs throughout England, the world famous Comedy Store in Los Angeles, and was featured on NBC's Last...

24. Kathryn Hahn

Actress | Afternoon Delight

Kathryn Marie Hahn was born in Westchester, Illinois, but her family then moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where she spent most of her time growing up. She is of German, Irish, and English descent. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in theater from Northwestern University. She later attended Yale, ...

25. Anna Kendrick

Actress | Up in the Air

Anna Kendrick was born in Portland, Maine, to Janice (Cooke), an accountant, and William Kendrick, a teacher. She has an older brother, Michael Cooke Kendrick, who has also acted. She is of English, Irish, and Scottish descent.

For her role as "Dinah" in "High Society" on Broadway, Anna Kendrick was...

26. Kate McKinnon

Actress | Ghostbusters

Kathryn McKinnon Berthold (born January 6, 1984), known professionally as Kate McKinnon, is an American actress and comedienne, who is best known as a regular cast member on Saturday Night Live and The Big Gay Sketch Show, and for playing the role of Dr. Jillian Holtzmann in the 2016 Ghostbusters ...

27. Cecily Strong

Actress | Saturday Night Live

Cecily Strong was born on February 8, 1984 in Springfield, Illinois, USA as Cecily Legler Strong. She is an actress, known for Saturday Night Live (1975), Ghostbusters (2016) and The Boss (2016).

28. Molly Shannon

Actress | Superstar

Molly Shannon has become one of Hollywood's most sought-after talents on television and the silver screen.

Shannon spent six seasons as a member of the repertory company on Saturday Night Live (1995 - 2001), primarily known for the eclectic characters she created, such as Mary Katherine Gallagher, ...

29. Abbi Jacobson

Actress | Broad City

Abbi Jacobson was born on February 1, 1984 in Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA as Abbi Lee Jacobson. She is an actress and writer, known for Broad City (2014), Broad City (2010) and The Lego Ninjago Movie (2017).

30. Vanessa Bayer

Actress | Trainwreck

Vanessa Bayer was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, where she attended Orange High School. She is best known as a cast member of Saturday Night Live. In 2004, she graduated from the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School for Communication.

During her college career, she worked as an intern ...

31. Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Actress | Seinfeld

Julia Louis-Dreyfus was born on January 13, 1961, in the New York City borough of Manhattan, to Judith (LeFever), a special needs tutor and author, and Gérard Louis-Dreyfus, a billionaire businessman. Her parents divorced when she was young, and she spent her childhood in Washington, D.C., and New ...

32. Melissa McCarthy

Actress | The Heat

Melissa McCarthy was born in Plainfield, Illinois, to Sandra and Michael McCarthy, and was raised on her family's corn and soybean farm. She began her performing career as a stand-up comedian in New York where she appeared at the famous clubs, Stand Up New York and The Improv. She worked on her ...

33. Rashida Jones

Actress | Parks and Recreation

Rashida Jones was born in Los Angeles, California, the younger daughter of media mogul, producer, and musician Quincy Jones and actress Peggy Lipton. She has an older sister, Kidada Jones, and five half-siblings by her father's other relationships. Her father is African-American and her mother is ...

34. 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 salesperson, ...

35. 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), Lez Chat (2010) and Home Again (2017). She was previously married to Neil Mahoney.

36. Julie Klausner

Writer | Difficult People

Julie Klausner is a writer, actor, podcaster, and author.

She created the Hulu series Difficult People, produced by Amy Poehler and starring Klausner and Billy Eichner.

Her podcast, How Was Your Week, was called "one of the few essential podcasts" by the New York Times and was named one of the best ...

37. Kristen Schaal

Actress | Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

Kristen Schaal is an American actress, voice artist, writer, and comedian. She is best known for her roles as Mel on the HBO series Flight of the Conchords, Louise Belcher on FOX animated comedy Bob's Burgers, and Mabel Pines on Gravity Falls. Other notable roles include her appearances as a ...

38. Ana Gasteyer

Actress | Mean Girls

Ana Gasteyer is best known for her incomparable work on Saturday Night Live. During her six-year stint, she created some of the most famous SNL characters including middle school music teacher Bobbie Moughan-Culp, NPR radio host Margaret Jo, Lilith Fair poetess Cinder Calhoun, as well as spot-on ...

39. Bridget Everett

Actress | Patti Cake$

Bridget Everett was born on April 21, 1972 in Manhattan, Kansas, USA as Bridget Jean Everett. She is an actress, known for Patti Cake$ (2017), Little Evil (2017) and Sex and the City (2008).

40. Phoebe Waller-Bridge

Actress | Solo: A Star Wars Story

Phoebe Waller-Bridge was born on July 14, 1985 in London, England as Phoebe Mary Waller-Bridge. She is an actress and producer, known for Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018), Fleabag (2016) and Killing Eve (2018). She is married to Conor Woodman.

41. Allison Janney

Actress | The Help

Allison Janney is an award-winning actress who has earned a solid reputation in stage productions and in many supporting roles on screen, and who more recently has become prominent by portraying one of the major characters in the popular TV series The West Wing (1999).

Entertainment Weekly magazine ...

42. Pamela Adlon

Actress | Better Things

Pamela Adlon comes from an acting family and began her career in television in 1983. She has appeared in many popular TV shows, including as a voice actress in a number of animated TV series including, most famously, King of the Hill (1997) for which she won an Emmy for her role as Bobby Hill.

43. Ari Graynor

Actress | Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist

Ari Graynor was born on April 27, 1983 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA as Ariel Geltman Graynor. She is an actress and producer, known for Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (2008), Whip It (2009) and What's Your Number? (2011).

44. 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 ...

45. Rebel Wilson

Actress | Pitch Perfect

Rebel Wilson was born in Sydney, Australia, to a family of dog handlers and showers. She trained at the Australian Theatre for Young People and at Second City in the US. After a successful stage and television career in Australia, this writer/actress/producer now focuses on feature film projects in...

46. Lisa Kudrow

Actress | Friends

Hardly the dumb blonde of Romy and Michele's High School Reunion (1997), Lisa was born in Encino, California on July 30, 1963. Her mother, Nedra S. (Stern), worked as a travel agent, and her father, Lee N. Kudrow, is a physician. Her parents are both from Jewish families (from Belarus, Russia, and ...

47. Natasha Leggero

Actress | He's Just Not That Into You

Natasha Leggero was born on March 26, 1974 in Rockford, Illinois, USA as Natasha Terese Leggero. She is an actress and writer, known for He's Just Not That Into You (2009), Another Period (2013) and Let's Be Cops (2014). She has been married to Moshe Kasher since October 11, 2015. They have one ...

48. Nasim Pedrad

Actress | Despicable Me 2

Nasim Pedrad was born on November 18, 1981 in Tehran, Iran. She is an actress, known for Despicable Me 2 (2013), No Strings Attached (2011) and Saturday Night Live (1975).

49. Amy Sedaris

Actress | Puss in Boots

Amy Sedaris was born on March 29, 1961 in Endicott, New York, USA as Amy Louise Sedaris. She is an actress and writer, known for Puss in Boots (2011), Strangers with Candy (1999) and Elf (2003).

50. Morgan Murphy

Actress | It's Kind of a Funny Story

Morgan Murphy was born as Morgan Walton Murphy. She is a writer and producer, known for It's Kind of a Funny Story (2010), World's Greatest Dad (2009) and God Bless America (2011).

51. June Diane Raphael

Actress | Unfinished Business

June Diane Raphael was born on January 4, 1980 in Rockville Centre, Long Island, New York, USA. She is an actress and writer, known for Unfinished Business (2015), Year One (2009) and Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008). She has been married to Paul Scheer since October 10, 2009. They have two ...

52. Abby Elliott

Actress | No Strings Attached

Abby Elliott is the first second-generation cast member on Saturday Night Live (1975). Her father is Chris Elliott, who was featured on the show during the 1994-1995 season. She is also the granddaughter of veteran comic Bob Elliott, from the "Bob and Ray Show".

Before coming to "Saturday Night Live...

53. Michelle Wolf

Actress | Horace and Pete

Michelle Wolf is a writer and actress, known for Horace and Pete (2016), The Oscars (2016) and Michelle Wolf: Nice Lady (2017).

54. Michelle Buteau

Actress | Isn't It Romantic

Michelle Buteau is an actress and writer, known for Isn't It Romantic (2019), Enlisted (2014) and The Tick (2017).

55. Naomi Ekperigin

Writer | Broad City

Naomi Ekperigin is a writer and actress, known for Broad City (2014), CollegeHumor Originals (2006) and Everyday Scandal (2014).

56. Aidy Bryant

Actress | Saturday Night Live

Aidy Bryant was born as Aiden Makenzy Bryant. She is an actress and writer, known for Saturday Night Live (1975), Shrill (2019) and The Big Sick (2017). She has been married to Conner O'Malley since April 28, 2018.

57. Heidi Gardner

Actress | Bratz

Heidi Gardner was born as Heidi Lynn Gardner. She is an actress and writer, known for Bratz (2015), Saturday Night Live (1975) and Life of the Party (2018).



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