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Famous Female Comedians

Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen Lee DeGeneres (born January 26, 1958) is an American stand-up comedienne, television hostess and actress. She hosts the syndicated talk show The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and is also a judge on American Idol, having joined the show in its ninth season.

She has hosted both the Academy Awards and the Primetime Emmys. As a film actress, she starred in Mr. Wrong, appeared in EDtv and The Love Letter, and provided the voice of Dory in the Disney-Pixar's animated film Finding Nemo. She also starred in two television sitcoms, Ellen from 1994 to 1998 and The Ellen Show from 2001 to 2002. In 1997, during the fourth season of Ellen, she came out publicly as a lesbian in an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Shortly afterwards, her character Ellen Morgan also came out to a therapist played by Winfrey and the series went on to explore various LGBT issues as well as the coming out process. She has won twelve Emmys and numerous awards for her work and charitable efforts.

Stand-up comedy

DeGeneres started performing stand-up comedy at small clubs and coffeehouses. By 1981 she was the emcee at Clyde's Comedy Club in New Orleans. Degeneres describes Woody Allen and Steve Martin as her main influences at this time. In the early 1980s she began to tour nationally, being named Showtime's Funniest Person in America in 1982. In 1986 she appeared for the first time on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, who likened her to Bob Newhart. When Carson invited her over for an onscreen chat after her performance, she became the first female comedian in the show's history to whom this honor was bestowed.

Ellen DeGeneres

Jeanne Robertson

Jeanne Robertson or Jeanne Swanner Robertson is a nationally-recognized humorist and professional speaker. In 1963, at age 18, she was named Miss North Carolina. Robertson credits her reign as the catalyst for her career. Her anecdotes can be heard daily on XM Radio's Channel 151, Laugh USA and Sirius Radio's Blue Collar Comedy channel 103 and Laugh Break channel 105. She bases her humor on real-life situations.

"Proof positive that someone can be funny without being mean or using dirty language. " - from a youtube user.

Jeanne Robertson

Margaret Cho

Margaret Cho born Moran Cho (December 5, 1968) is an U.S. comedian, fashion designer, author and actress. Cho is known for her stage performances, recordings, and concert movies. Her shows are a mixture of her comedy stylings with strong political and social commentary. Apart from these shows she has also directed and appeared in music videos and started her own clothing line. She has frequently supported gay rights and identifies herself as bisexual and has won awards for her humanitarian efforts.

Margaret Cho

Sarah Silverman

Sarah Kate Silverman (born December 1, 1970) is an American comedian, writer and actress. Although usually credited as Sarah Silverman, she is sometimes credited by her nickname Big S or Sarah 'Big S' Silverman. Her comedy deals with topical humor and satire, societal taboos, and controversial topics such as racism, sexism and religion.

Sarah Silverman

Anjelah Johnson

Anjelah Nicole Johnson also known as Anjelah Johnson-Reyes (born May 14, 1982) is an American actress, comedian, and former NFL cheerleader. Johnson was a cast member on the series MADtv during its 13th season. Her characters included a Vietnamese nail salon employee and a rude fast food employee turned music star named Bon Qui Qui.

Anjelah Johnson

Amy Poehler

Amy Poehler (born September 16, 1971) is an American actress, comedian, director, producer, voice artist and writer. After studying improv at Chicago's Second City and ImprovOlympic in the early 1990s, she went to New York City in 1996 to become part of the improvisational comedy troupe Upright Citizens Brigade. The group's act became a half-hour sketch comedy series on Comedy Central in 1998. Along with other members of the comedy group, Poehler was a founder of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. oehler served as an executive producer on the Swedish-American sitcom Welcome to Sweden, along with her brother Greg Poehler. The series aired on NBC. She is also an executive producer on Broad City which airs on Comedy Central, and appeared in the season one finale. Since August 2015, she has served as an executive producer on the Hulu original series Difficult People, which stars her former Parks and Recreation co-star Billy Eichner and comedian Julie Klausner, the latter of whom is the creator of the show.In December 2015, Poehler received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contributions in television.

Amy Poehler