There's a new wave of female comedians taking Hollywood by storm, and we are ALL about it! To mark the release of "Brittany Runs a Marathon," which hits theaters on Aug. 23, 2019, Wonderwall.com rounded up 25 female comedians we're loving right now from fresh new faces to stars who've been around forever. Let's begin with "Brittany" star Jillian Bell, who started writing for "Saturday Night Live" in 2009 and had small roles on "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and in "Bridesmaids" before she scored her big break with "Workaholics" in 2011. Since then, the funnywoman — a member of the Groundlings comedy troupe — has appeared on "Partners" and "Eastbound & Down" and starred in "22 Jump Street," "Goosebumps" and "The Night Before." In 2016, Comedy Central picked up her 2014 web series "Idiotsitter" to series. She's starred in several hit comedy films too including "Office Christmas Party," "Fist Fight" and "Game Over, Man!" Now keep reading to acquaint yourself with more of Hollywood's funniest women!
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While attending Columbia University, Kate McKinnon co-founded Tea Party, a musical improv comedy troupe. She went on to perform with the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, appeared on "The Big Gay Sketch Show" from 2006 to 2010 and became an accomplished voice actress. In 2012, Kate joined the cast of "Saturday Night Live." She's the first openly lesbian comedian to appear on the sketch comedy series and won an Emmy for best supporting actress in a comedy Series in 2016 and 2017 for her work on the show. The funnywoman — who's known for her impersonations of Justin Bieber, Hillary Clinton and Ellen DeGeneres, among others — has also starred in "Ghostbusters," "Office Christmas Party," "The Spy Who Dumped Me" and 2019's "Yesterday." As for her personal life, she was most recently linked to Broadway actress Jackie Abbott.
You might recognize Jessica Williams as the senior youth correspondent and the senior Beyonce correspondent from "The Daily Show," on which she appeared from 2012 to 2016. The funnywoman, a member of the Upright Citizens Brigade comedy troupe in Los Angeles, currently co-hosts the "Two Dope Queens" podcast with Phoebe Robinson. An HBO special based on the show premiered in 2018. Jessica also acted on several episodes of "Girls" in 2014 and appeared in the 2015 indie rom-com "People Places Things," Netflix's "The Incredible Jessica James" and the "Fantastic Beasts" film series.
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Phoebe Robinson served as staff writer for MTV's "Girl Code" and a consultant on Season 3 of "Broad City" before landing her breakout role as the co-host of the "2 Dope Girls" podcast. The show was made into an HBO special in 2018. The Ohio native has also made appearances on numerous TV shows including "Last Comic Standing," the "Today" show, "Late Night with Seth Meyers," "Last Call with Carson Daly," "The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore," FX's "Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell" and VH1's "Big Morning Buzz Live." Phoebe published her first book, "You Can't Touch My Hair (And Other Things I Still Have to Explain)," in 2016 and her second book, "Everything's Trash, but It's Okay," in 2018.
Jessi Klein has written for a wide range of comedy series including "Saturday Night Live," "Kroll Show," "The Showbiz Show with David Spade" and "Samantha Who?" She was the head writer and executive producer on "Inside Amy Schumer," which earned her an Emmy. She currently serves as a consulting producer on the Netflix series "Big Mouth" and voices one of the main characters, Jessi. The stand-up comic, who previously worked in the development department at Comedy Central, also released a collection of humorous essays titled "You'll Grow Out of It" in July 2016. She married Michael Engleman in 2013. They welcomed their first child, a boy, in mid-2015.
Samantha Bee scored her first big break in 2003 when she joined "The Daily Show." She served as a correspondent on the Comedy Central series until 2015 when she left to host her own series, "Full Frontal with Samantha Bee," which she also writes and produces. (She's earned multiple Emmy nominations and one win for her work on the show). The multi-hyphenate married fellow "The Daily Show" correspondent Jason Jones, with whom she shares three children, in 2001. She also currently writes and produces "The Detour," on which her hubby stars.
Leslie Jones launched her career as a stand-up comic performing at The Comedy Store in Los Angeles, opening for Jamie Foxx and participating in Katt Williams' "It's Pimpin' Pimpin'" tour. In 2010, Showtime aired her one-hour comedy special, "Problem Child." She joined "Saturday Night Live" as a writer in 2014 and began performing on the sketch-comedy series not long after. Leslie also starred in the 2016 "Ghostbusters" reboot. She was nominated for an Emmy in 2017 and 2018 for her work on "SNL" and will star in her very own Netflix stand-up special in 2020.
Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer first connected while taking classes at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York City. In 2009, the duo launched the web series "Broad City," which became a Comedy Central TV series in 2014. In addition to their duties writing, executive producing and starring on "Broad City," they both voiced characters on "BoJack Horseman" in 2016. Abbi also appeared in the 2016 drama "6 Balloons," while Ilana had a role in the 2017 comedy "Rough Night." Abbi and Ilana wrapped up "Broad City" in 2019 to become producing partners for Comedy Central. In 2017, Ilana married her longtime boyfriend, computational biologist David Rooklin.
Pamela Adlon actually launched her career as an actress back in the early '80s, appearing on many hit TV shows of the decade including "The Facts of Life," "Growing Pains" and "21 Jump Street." She also appeared in "Grease 2," portrayed Lloyd Dobler's sister in "Say Anything" and starred on the "Little Darlings" made-for-TV movie. Though she occasionally popped up in films during the '90s, Pamela found her second calling as a voice actress. Most notably, she voiced Spinelli on "Recess" from 1997 to 2001 and Bobby Hill on "King of the Hill" from 1997 to 2010. During the aughts, Pamela stepped back in front of the camera: She had a brief stint on "Boston Legal" and starred on "Californication" from 2007 to 2014. She also wrote, produced and starred on "Louie," for which she earned four Emmy nominations. Her semi-autobiographical comedy series "Better Things," which she writes, executive produces and stars on, launched on FX in September 2016. Her work on the show earned her two more Emmy noms. Pamela has three daughters with her ex-husband, Felix O. Adlon, from whom she separated in 2010.
While attending the University of Virgina, Sasheer Zamata co-created Amuse Bouche, the school's only long-form improvisational comedy troupe. After that, she performed with the Upright Citizens Brigade in New York City, starred in the web series "Pursuit of Sexiness" and appeared on MTV's "Hey Girl," in CollegeHumor original sketches and in sketches for "Inside Amy Schumer." In 2014, the funnywoman — who's known for her impersonations of Michelle Obama, Tyra Banks and Beyonce — joined the cast of "Saturday Night Live." She left the show in 2017 and most recently starred in 2018's "I Feel Pretty" and "The Weekend."
Stand-up comedian Tig Notaro has been bringing the LOLs for years now but has only just begun to receive the attention she truly deserves. The funnywoman, who wrote for "Inside Amy Schumer" in 2013, has appeared on "Transparent," "Conan" and "The Sarah Silverman Program." In 2015, she starred on a Showtime documentary, a Netflix documentary and an HBO special, for which she earned an Emmy nomination for best writing for a variety special. On top of all that, her semi-autobiographical Amazon series "One Mississippi" launched in September 2016 and aired for two seasons. Her second Netflix special, "Happy To Be Here," premiered in 2018. Tig underwent a double mastectomy after she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012. She wed Stephanie Allynne in October 2015, and in June 2016, they welcomed twin boys Max and Finn via surrogate.
Aidy Bryant performed with musical improv group Baby Wants Candy, iO Chicago, The Second City and the Annoyance Theatre before she joined the cast of "Saturday Night Live" in 2012. Since then, she's appeared on "Girls," "Horace and Pete," "Broad City" and "Comedy Bang! Bang!" Aidy earned two Emmy nominations for her work on "SNL" and currently stars on the Hulu series "Shrill," which she also co-executive produces and writes. In 2018, she married her boyfriend of nearly a decade, former "Late Night with Seth Meyers" writer Conner O'Malley. In 2019, she launched a plus-size clothing line called Pauline.
Chelsea Peretti scored her first big break in 2013 with "Kroll Show" — she portrayed Farley in addition to serving as a writer and producer on the series. The stand-up comedian has also written for "Saturday Night Live," "Parks and Recreation" and "The Sarah Silverman Program." The funnywoman, who got engaged to comedian Jordan Peele of "Key & Peele" in November 2015, starred as Gina Linetti on "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" from 2013 to 2019. She and Jordan eloped sometime in 2016 and welcomed their first child, a son, in 2017.
Amanda Seales began her career as a child actor on Nickelodeon's "My Brother and Me." She went on to appear on "Def Poetry Jam," "Greatest Ever" and "Sucker Free Countdown." She currently hosts NBC's comedy competition series "Bring the Funny" and stars on the hit HBO series "Insecure." Her first stand-up special, "I Be Knowin'," premiered on HBO in January 2019.
Ali Wong is one Hollywood's most hilarious comedians. The San Francisco native got her start performing stand-up on shows like "The Tonight Show" and "John Oliver's New York Stand Up Show" before hitting it big with her first Netflix special, "Baby Cobra" (which she performed seven months pregnant). She went on to appear in a second special, "Hard Knock Wife," and 2019's "Always Be My Maybe." She more recently voiced the character of Bertie on the Netflix animated series "Tuca & Bertie." Ali shares two daughters with her husband, businessman Justin Hakuta.
Cecily Strong performed with The Second City, iO Chicago and the all-female improv comedy troupe Virgin Daiquiri before she joined the cast of "Saturday Night Live" in 2012. Since then, she's appeared in "The Bronze," "The Meddler," "The Boss," "The Female Brain" and "Ghostbusters." She previously romanced "Saturday Night Live" writer-cast member Mike O'Brien.
Nikki Glaser is currently making waves as the host of the Sirius XM talk show "You Up? With Nikki Glaser" and previously hosted "Not Safe with Nikki Glaser," which she co-executive produced with her former boyfriend, Chris Convy. Before that, she wrote, produced and co-starred on "Nikki & Sara Live" with fellow funnywoman Sara Schaefer, appeared on a few episodes of "Inside Amy Schumer" and portrayed Lisa in "Trainwreck." The stand-up comedian also released a 2016 Comedy Central special, "Nikki Glaser: Perfect."
Robin Thede began her comedy career at The Second City theatre group in Chicago after earning a degree in broadcast journalism from Northwestern University. She went on to become the head writer on "The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore," the first black woman to hold that position on a late night talk show. From 2017 to 2018, Robin hosted "The Rundown with Robin Thede" on BET. She currently stars on and writes for HBO's "A Black Lady Sketch Show," which she also created.
Riki Lindhome and Natasha Leggero were the stars of the Comedy Central series "Another Period," which they also created, wrote and executive produced. Of the two, Riki — who makes up half of comedy-folk duo Garfunkel and Oates — has had a more traditional career as an actress. She's popped up on countless TV shows over the years and appeared in films like "Million Dollar Baby," "Changeling" and "My Best Friend's Girl." Next up, Riki will star in 2019's "Knives Out." Stand-up comedian Natasha, meanwhile, has appeared on "World's Dumbest," served as a judge on "Last Comic Standing" in 2010 and participated as a member of the round table on "Chelsea Lately" from 2008 to 2014. She's also released two comedy albums and acted on countless TV shows, plus movies "He's Just Not That Into You," "Neighbors," "Let's Be Cops" and "The Do-Over." She's married to actor-comedian Moshe Kasher, who frequently collaborated with his wife on "Another Period." Natasha and Moshe welcomed a daughter in 2018.
Writer-musician-actress-comedian Carrie Brownstein performed with several bands and wrote a book before she scored her major Hollywood breakthrough in 2011 with "Portlandia," which she starred in, wrote and executive produced. (She earned five Emmy nominations for her work on the quirky comedy series.) Carrie also starred as Syd Feldman on "Transparent" and appeared in the 2015 drama "Carol." She previously romanced Sleater-Kinney bandmate Corin Tucker and has been linked to St. Vincent and Taylor Schilling in recent years.
Before Iliza Shlesinger became the first and only female to win "Last Comic Standing" during Season 6 in 2008, the stand-up comedian performed with a wide range of comedy groups including ComedySportz Dallas, the Whiteboy Comedy group and Jimmy's Traveling All Stars at Emerson College. She went on to host "Excused" and "Separation Anxiety" and has appeared on countless TV shows. Iliza also starred in four Netflix comedy specials: "War Paint" in 2013, "Freezing Hot" in 2015, "Confirmed Kills" in 2016 and "Elder Millennial" in 2018.
Nasim Pedrad performed with The Groundlings, ImprovOlympic and the Upright Citizens Brigade before she joined the cast of "Saturday Night Live" in 2009. The Iran-born actress, who's known for her impersonation of Kim Kardashian West, has appeared on episodes of "Gilmore Girls," "ER" and "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia." She also popped up in "No Strings Attached" and "The Dictator" and voiced Jillian in "Despicable Me 2." In 2014, Nasim left "SNL" to star on the short-lived series "Mulaney." She's since starred on "Scream Queens," portrayed Aly Nelson on "New Girl" and appeared in 2019's live-action remake of "Aladdin."
Aparna Nancherla is a comic on the rise. She's appeared on "Inside Amy Schumer" and has written for "Late Night with Seth Meyers" and "Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell." She's also done episodes of "BoJack Horseman," "The Standups" and "Bob's Burgers." Aparna released her debut comedy album, "Just Putting It Out There," through Tig Notaro's Bentzen Ball Records in July 2016.
Before she joined the cast of "Saturday Night Live" in 2010, Vanessa Bayer performed with Bloomers, the all-female musical and sketch-comedy troupe at the University of Pennsylvania, The Second City and Chicago's ImprovOlympic. She portrayed Nikki in "Trainwreck" in 2015 and appeared in "Office Christmas Party" along with Kate McKinnon and Jillian Bell. She more recently starred in "The Polka King" and "Ibiza."
Rachel Bloom served as the head writer and director of the Hammerkatz sketch comedy group while she was a student at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. After graduation, she performed with the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York and Los Angeles, released two albums of musical comedy and gained notoriety on YouTube for her hilarious music videos. She went on to write for "Robot Chicken," appeared on an episode of "How I Met Your Mother" and voiced several characters on "BoJack Horseman" before scoring her major breakthrough when the CW picked up her show "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend," on which she starred as Rebecca Bunch. Rachel also wrote and executive produced the musical comedy, for which she won a Golden Globe for best actress in a comedy or musical TV series in 2016. She most recently voiced a character in 2019's "The Angry Birds Movie 2." Rachel wed "How I Met Your Mother" writer-producer Dan Gregor in 2015.