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30 Female Stand-Up Comedians You Need To Know

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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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    Margaret Cho

    Cho is basically a stand-up legend. She has many filmed specials to her credit, including last year's Margaret Cho: psyCHO, and she's appeared on series including Drop Dead Diva, 30 Rock, and Ghost Whisperer.

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    Carmen Lynch

    Lynch's TV appearances include Inside Amy Schumer and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. She also co-starred in the web series Apartment C3.

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    Michelle Wolf

    Wolf has appeared on The Daily Show, @midnight, and Late Night with Seth Meyers. In 2014 she was named one of Time Out New York's "Top 10 Funniest Women in NYC."

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    Ophira Eisenberg

    Eisenberg is probably best known as the host of NPR's Ask Me Another, and for her memoir, Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way to Monogamy. But she's still performing stand-up, most recently on the podcast 2 Dope Queens.

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    Beth Stelling

    Stelling recently performed stand-up on the comedy podcast 2 Dope Queens. She has appeared on Chelsea Lately, @midnight, and Last Call With Carson Daly.