It’s hard — nay, near impossible — not to love a funny woman. Display even just a hint of biting wit, and we’re immediately resigned to fits of uncontrollable swooning. And right now, there’s an unparalleled wealth of hilarious ladies taking the comedy scene by storm.
To celebrate International Women’s Day, we’ve rounded up 11 of our favourite female comedians’ best standup bits and sketches for your viewing pleasure. So, take a break from paying tribute to the myriad of important women in your life, and let some of the funniest ones on the planet make you keel over in laughter.
Without question the comedian of the moment, Schumer manages to kill us dead in movies (Trainwreck), on television (Inside Amy Schumer) and at every award show she’s been at lately (basically all of them).
Only someone truly hilarious could go through cancer, a mastectomy and the death of her mother all at once and emerge funnier than ever before. Notaro is a revelation.
Love Gina Linetti on Brooklyn Nine-Nine? Her real-life alter ego Chelsea Peretti might just be even funnier.
The comedian known for her crazy SNL characters (Girl You Wish You Hadn’t Started A Conversation With, anyone?) showed off some impeccable timing at last year’s White House Correspondent’s Dinner.
Silverman is a requisite on any list about funny women — she’s been making us laugh (and cry) for decades.
We weren’t worried about our favourite Daily Show correspondent once Jon Stewart left. We knew she’d bounce back better than ever with her own show, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.
Abbi Jacobsen & Ilana Glazer
The creators behind the hit show Broad City, Jacobsen and Glazer have a knack for making the mundane and the ridiculous alike completely hysterical.
Don’t let the gloves fool you, Leggero doesn’t waste time worrying about being ladylike. And we love her for it.
Pedrad is about to star in a show that sees her playing a 14-year-old boy. With this clip in mind, we have no doubt that she’s going to nail it.
Just like Samantha Bee, we knew Daily Show correspondent Jessica Williams was a star the first time we saw her. A side-splitting star.