With the advent of social media and increased access to technology, there is no better time to be an up-and-coming comedian. We’ve decided to give the spotlight to some incredibly talented, funny women. Some have been in the game for a while and are finally getting their break, while others are brand new to the scene. Here are promising women comedians you should look out for!
Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams (2 Dope Queens)
Do you like starting your day off with a fantastic, hilarious podcast? Well, we’ve got the pick for you! Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams, two black female comedians from New York City, co-host the podcast 2 Dope Queens. On it, they feature women and LGBTQ+ comedians, comedians of color, and many more funny folk! 2 Dope Queens initially started as a stand-up performance in NYC, featuring comedians from all over the country. The podcast launched in 2015, and from there quickly picked up a devoted audience. These two queens recently landed their own four-episode HBO special, and we’re foreseeing an exceptional future for them.
You’ve probably heard this female comedian’s name before. After her breakout role in the 2017 hit film Girls Trip, Tiffany Haddish rocketed to instant fame. Her co-stars included Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett Smith – but Haddish was crowned the star of the movie! She is a fresh, thought-provoking talent in a world where comedians are a dime-a-dozen. Her jokes and storytelling skills will floor you, whether it’s on her Netflix special She Ready!, in the cinema, or in an upcoming TBS sitcom created by Jordan Peele. Watch out, world, ’cause she ready.
The stand-up world, until a decade ago, was very male-oriented, making it hard for women to catch a break. We’re ecstatic that more and more female comedians, especially those of color and across the LGBTQ+ spectrum, are finally getting recognized by the mainstream media. Now we have comedians like Patti Harrison, a transgender woman and one of the funniest female comedians in the industry. Harrison started as a correspondent for The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon; now she performs her own material and acts in various films. Harrison can get political in her stand-up, but also enjoys the classic fart joke – our kind of girl!