For decades, there has been a significant contrast in numbers between males and females in comedy.
It’s not necessarily because men are funnier than women, but because a majority of society, including some people today, believe that it is “unladylike” for a woman to be partaking in stand-up comedy.
Female comedians should be an inspiration to all for doing what she loves and not be discouraged by the male-dominated field. Here are a few hilarious and inspiring female comedians that you should check out.
1. Amy Schumer
Schumer has been around in the comedy scene for a while with appearances on Comedy Central (with Inside Amy Schumer) and Last Comic Standing, but it wasn’t until Trainwreck—a 2015 movie she had written, produced and acted in—that she gained extreme popularity with the mass media.
Schumer is great because she is not afraid to poke fun at herself. She is never attacking anyone with her comedy; she just wants to make people laugh.
2. Nicole Byer
Byer, an actress and comedian, has appeared on 30 Rock, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, MTV’s Girl Code, season one and two of The Birthday Boys on IFC, @Midnight, Adult Swim, Chelsea Lately, and Friends of the People on TruTV. Byer has a sparkling personality that has never failed to give her viewers a good chuckle.
3. Margaret Cho
Cho has a long list of of accomplishments, but recently she filmed her Showtime special and DVD, psyCHO. “[It] is about insanity, about the anger I feel about everything happening in the world, from police brutality to racism to the rising tide of violence against women,” Cho stated on her website.
4. Carly Aquilino
Most known for her role on MTV’s Girl Code, Aquilino is rocking the world of female comedy.
She is relatable and unapologetically funny. Seriously, this woman needs to make her own television series.
5. Phoebe Robinson
Robinson is most known for her recent appearances on the Last Comic Standing, the TODAY show, Comedy Central’s Broad City and is a staff writer on MTV’s Girl Code. She is hilarious, and I wish I found her sooner.
6. Tig Notaro
Notaro had me in tears from laughter the first time watched her 2014 stand-up comedy skit on Conan. She has also been featured on Comedy Central’s The Sarah Silverman Program, and in July 2015 she released a Netflix movie called Tig.
Notaro is not afraid to speak her mind and she is hilarious while doing it.
7. Aparna Nancherla
Nancheria made history in 2013 as the first Indian-American woman to perform stand-up on late-night television when she appeared on Conan. Recently she wrote for Late Night with Seth Myers on NBC and Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell on FX-then-FXX.
Ladies have proved that they have a funny bone as well, so show your support to women in comedy.