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It can be tough to find new stand-up comics worth your time and attention. Still, that's no excuse to have your go-to female comic list begin and end with Amy Schumer. She definitely deserves a spot on your roster, but there are so many more funny women to choose from. Some dominate Twitter in between gigs. Some have found fame as TV stars who still fit in a set or two on the side. While some are comedians you already love, yet maybe you had no idea they actually got their start in comedy with a mic, on a lonely stage. They tackle issues from navigating online dating to dealing with politicians who are constantly spouting anti-women rhetoric.
So use this list as a jumping off point for discovering new shows to see and comedy albums to listen to. Stand-up is still dominated by men, but you could be part of the wave of fans that take these female comics to the next level of fame.
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Drezen is best known as the editor-at-large of the women's comedy site Reductress. She will also be working as a writer on Saturday Night Live on the upcoming season.
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In addition to her successful stand-up specials and self-titled documentary Notaro has appeared on Transparent and Lady Dynamite. Her autobiographic Amazon show, One Mississippi, premiered on September 9.
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Hawkins has appeared on The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, and The Meredith Vieira Show. She's also worked as a writer on @midnight.
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Like many stand-up comedians, Wali has a day job — as a doctor specializing in Internal Medicine. She's performed at many comedy festivals including Bay Area Desi Comedy Festival and San Francisco's Hella Gay Comedy Festival.
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Fisher has performed at the New York Comedy Club, Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, and The Stand. Her stand-up show The Comedienne Project was part of 2015's New York Fringe Festival.