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18 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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    Vijai Nathan
    Vijai Nathan's hilarious stand-up focuses on dating woes and parental expectations. Her jokes have been well-received — she's gotten great press from Washington City Paper and the Los Angeles Examiner.

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    Lolly Adefope
    Adefope's unique brand of character comedy frequently has us in stitches. In 2016 she was nominated for two Chortle Awards for her stand-up.

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    Gina Yashere
    Yashere delivers great material about her experience as British woman living in America and visiting her parents' home country of Nigeria. She was also a contestant on season 5 of Last Comic Standing, where she made it to the top 10.

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    Francesca Martinez
    Martinez, who has cerebral palsy, finds the humor in her daily struggles living with a disability, weaving them into her stand-up routines. Her book, What the **** Is Normal?!, has received warm reviews from The Sunday Times and The Telegraph.

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    Chelsea Davison
    Davison appeared on @Midnight this January, where she coined a solid Harry Potter pickup line. She's also appeared in UCB digital sketches, and was selected for the NBC Late Night Writers Workshop.