Jimmy Kimmel, Chris Rock, Bill Burr are all notable names in the stand-up comedy world. This world is just one of many that has been male-dominated for many years, but female comedians are on the rise. Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Tiffany Haddish are all women who have taken the comedy world by storm.
While these women have forged a successful career for themselves and paved the way for many others, there are so many more women in comedy that you should know about.
Her tour of “Milk & Honey” is unfortunately sold out in Houston, but with “Baby Cobra” and “Hard Knock Wife” on Netflix, Wong is a making a rise in the world of stand-up. She has no reservations on joking about the irony of motherhood and getting a husband. She is bold, lively and all around a refreshing change of pace in stand-up.
“I joined a new mom group in Los Angeles. I don’t find any of these bitches particularly interesting or fun, but when you’re a new mom on maternity leave, it’s like ‘The Walking Dead,’ you’ve just gotta hook up with a crew to survive.”Ali Wong, Hard Knock Wife.
With four specials on Netflix, Shlesinger is a top-notch comedian for women. No matter what kind of women you are, she has got a joke and some life lessons for you, and her specials just get better and better. W
“I call it a snootch because I don’t like the word vagina. No one says vagina. That’s weird… I made up snootch because it’s so cute sounding… Maybe it would be a cartoon character. Maybe it would a cute, tiny, furry–obviously–territor. It’s got a top hat. And maybe before having sex, you would have to summon snootch, so he can bless the whole thing.”Iliza Shlesinger, War Paint
Known for playing Gina Linetti on “Brooklyn 99,” Perreti also has a special on Netflix and is no less hilarious. Her special calls out male comedians and the way women and men experience the world differently.
“I just want to feel what it feels like to have male confidence. My fantasy of what it’s like to be a guy is you wake up in the morning, and your eyes open, and you’re like, ‘I’m awesome! People probably want to hear what I have to say!’”Gina Linetti, One of the Greats
Johnson’s fame generated from “Nail Salon,” which became an internet sensation, and her Netflix special is one hour of witty jokes. She has many other specials as “That’s How We Do It,” “The Homecoming Show” and “Maholo & Goodnight,” unfortunately out of streaming services.
“I live in Los Angeles, so every now and then, I have to go to these, like, red-carpet Hollywood events, where you get dressed up all nice, you walk the red carpet, they take pictures of you. And they go, ‘Angela, who are you wearing?’ ‘Oh, uh, Forever 21! [gesturing towards earrings] I got these at Claire’s right here.’”Anjelah Johnson, Not Fancy
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Like music and comedy? The musical comedy duo of Rikki Lindhome and Kate Micucci have songs like “The BJ Song,” “Fadeaway,” “The Loophole,” and so much more. Described as “rauchy,” “quirky” and “irreverent,” these two comedians will have you dancing and laughing in no time.
“Not the Good Wife type like Christine Baranski / So I’ll pull out and leave like I’m Roman Polanski / Aww! / ‘Cause there’s the right thing to do / Then there’s what I’m gonna do / There’s so much I should say / But instead, I do the fadeaway.”Garfunkle & Oates, Trying to be Special
If you’d rather stick to TV shows, Netflix has no shortage of shows for you to binge.
“Queens of Comedy” is the competition for India’s top female stand-up, and “Queens vs. Kings” pits male and female comedians to battle stereotypes and sexism.
More of a Spotify person? The playlist, Women of Comedy, is a great way to have laughs on your commutes, and if you’re into podcasts, 2 Dope Queens is hosted by two black women hilariously recounting stories of NYC, hair journeys and more.
In today’s world, there is no shortage of women in comedy, but there’s still more work to be done for them. So go out and support these comedic women.