15 Funniest Female Comedians of All Time

Justice for Margaret Cho’s too-good-for-its-time sitcom, All-American Girl! Okay, it was decidedly not perfect, but it was the first prime-time sitcom to feature an Asian American family, and Cho has rarely been handed the credit she deserves for her boundary-pushing perspectives on cultural identity and queerness. 

Melissa McCarthy

If I think too long about Melissa McCarthy’s delivery of the line “I’m not going to say I survived…I’m going to say I thrived” in the 2011 film Bridesmaids, I still get the giggles. No less an authority than Mindy Kaling extolled the virtues of the Gilmore Girls alum’s performance, writing in her debut memoir, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, “You don’t often hear the words captivating and gross used to describe the same character in a movie, but Melissa McCarthy managed to evoke both in the very best ways.” Firmly agree.

Tiffany Haddish