08 March 2014 by

International Womens Day: We Count Down Our Top 10 Comedy Queens

You might have heard that today is International Womens Day. To highlight this day, our coverage in Grazia has been fairly extensive. Today we are tweeting Womens Day facts on the hour all day and are bringing you the latest on the call to arms by Angelina Jolie, Keira Knightley and Salma Hayek. To mark IWD we bring you the top 10 comedy queens below (in no particular order). Let us know the female that rocks your world on Twitter @Grazia_Live...

1) Victoria Wood

It’s hard to pin down where exactly Victoria Wood’s main talent lies. She excels in stand up, sketch writing, dramatic acting, songwriting and more. She’s basically the comic’s comic.

2) Sarah Silverman

A potty mouthed surrealist with a knack for pushing the social and political boundaries, Sarah Silverman is an edgy one-off.

3) Roseanne Barr

Her tongue-in-cheek stand up routine as The Domestic Goddess spawned her much loved TV show Roseanne – a brilliant and hilarious look at lower middle class living. It's never been bettered.

4) Joan Rivers

Joan Rivers has been shocking us for 50 years with her blend of out-there observations about celebrity culture delivered in a matter-a-fact delivery that is always unforgettable.

5) French & Saunders

Separately Jennifer and Dawn gave us Absolutely Fabulous, The Vicar Of Dibley and Murder Most Horrid and as a duo they brought their archaic, female energy to six series' worth of lol-worthy comedy in their self-titled sketch show.

6) Kristen Wiig  

Bridesmaids, the unforgettable film Kristen co-wrote and acted in, was a modern classic. It ushered a new genre of female fronted, Judd Apatow-like comedies (hi The Heat). While her time at Saturday Night Live gave us characters like Target Lady and a heap of brilliantly observed  impressions.

7) Tina Fey

Oh Tina, you comedy goddess you. From 30 Rock to SNL to her book Bossypants, T-Fey has led the dialogue of comedy for the last half a decade. Liz Lemon, we salute you.

8) Lena Dunham

In Girls Lena Dunham created a world of brilliantly awkward comedy featuring a world of aimless 20-somethings with a beyond-her-years intelligence and a knack for writing in the ether of the zeitgeist.

9) Lisa Kudrow

From Phoebe Buffay in Friends to Valerie Cherish in The Comeback and Michele in Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion, Lisa Kudrow is the queen of the ditzy and occasionally uptight characters. Thanks for 20 years of awkwardness!

10) Maya Rudolph

Maya Rudolph’s raft of brilliant impressions, from Donatella Versace to Christina Aguilera to Oprah and Diana Ross made her an unforgettable presence on Saturday Night Live. And we loved her Oprah-esque turn on the short lived Up All Night.


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