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34 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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    Jo Firestone
    Firestone performs her relatably awkward stand-up routines across New York City, and is a host of R29's RIOT YouTube series Womanhood. She's also appeared on several TV shows including The Characters, Broad City, and Boy Band.

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    Lori Mae Hernandez
    Lori Mae Hernandez hasn't even reached high school yet, but her stand-up career is already on the way up. After performing for the judges on America's Got Talent, she received a unanimous "yes" from the panel, sending her to the next round.

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    Zoe Rogers
    Rogers' stand-up often focuses on the challenges of being a mother. She's performed at Edinburgh Fringe and New York's She Devil Comedy Festival, and has been featured on Nickmom.com (now defunct).

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    Ali Wong
    Wong's latest comedy special, Baby Cobra, was just released on Netflix. She's has appeared on Are You There, Chelsea? and Inside Amy Schumer. Wong's also a writer on Fresh Off the Boat.

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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.