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For decades, male comedians dominated U.S. media, from television and radio to recordings and movies. That is, until female comedian Joan Rivers broke the gender barrier, appearing on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” in 1968. Now, you don’t have to look far to find top women comedians starring in their own movies and TV specials and drawing big audiences. Fans also flock to their accounts on Instagram and other social media channels. Here are some of the top women comedians on Instagram.

12 female comedians on Instagram

Tori Piskin

This red-headed comedian was born in New York City but lives in Los Angeles. Tori is a stand-up comedian full of spunk and sass. Sometimes she even shares her curly hair tutorials in between stand-up shots. Tori has 73K followers on Instagram.

Awkwafina/Nora Lum

Queens, New York-born comedian, rapper and actress Awkwafina, star of Comedy Central’s “Nora from Queens,” has 2.3M followers on Instagram. Awkwafina, whose name is Nora Lum, won the 2020 Best Actress in a Comedy or a Musical Golden Globe Award for her role in the movie “The Farewell.” She has also appeared in films such as “Kung Fu Panda 4,” “Ocean’s Eight” and “Crazy Rich Asians.”

Amy Schumer

Amy is a stand-up comedian, actress, writer, producer and director with 13M Instagram followers. Amy has also starred in TV specials and films, including “I Feel Pretty,” “Trainwreck” and “Snatched.” Her most recent Netflix special is “Unfrosted.”

Melissa McCarthy

Comedian, writer and actress Melissa has 12.7M followers on Instagram. She has appeared in TV series, including “Nobodies,” “Saturday Night Live” and “Mike & Molly.” Melissa also starred in the popular movie “Bridesmaids” as well as “Spy,” “Tammy,” “The Heat” and “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” You’ll find her uploading silly videos and promoting things she loves.

Tiffany Haddish

With 7.3M followers on Instagram, comedian, producer and actress Tiffany has starred in movies including “Girls Trip” and “Like a Boss.” Her mission is to build, nurture, and support joy for all humanity. When Tiffany hosted “Saturday Night Live” in 2017, she was the first Black female stand-up comedian to do so. She has also starred in specials including Showtime’s “She Ready! From the Hood to Hollywood” and appeared in NBC’s “The Carmichael Show.” She is the author of the New York Times bestseller “The Last Black Unicorn.” She also wrote the book “I Curse You With Joy.”

Celeste Barber

Celeste is an Australian comedian who does tours and has a Netflix special and the popular Netflix original, “Wellmania.” Celeste’s 9.6M Instagram followers see hilarious videos of her copying models posing in skimpy outfits but with her realistic body. The posts are meant to be funny, but people have grown to love them because they make them feel seen. She calls it #celestechallengeaccepted.

Chelsea Handler

Stand-up comedian Chelsea has attracted 5.1M followers on Instagram. Chelsea is the author of New York Times bestsellers including “Are You There Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea” and “Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang.” She hosted the comedy-talk show “Chelsea Lately” and her podcast, “Dear Chelsea.”

Wanda Sykes

Award-winning stand-up comedian, writer and actress Wanda has 959K followers on Instagram. She has appeared on TV shows, including “The Upshaws,” “Wanda Does It” and HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” Sykes has also written for TV shows, including “The Chris Rock Show,” “The Keenen Ivory Wayans Show” and “The Academy Awards.” Entertainment Weekly dubbed Sykes one of the 25 Funniest People in America.

Sarah Silverman

Emmy Award-winning stand-up comedian, writer and actress Sarah has 2M followers on Instagram. She’s hosted the series “I Love You America” on Hulu and has appeared on TV shows including “The Larry Sanders Show,” “The Good Wife,” “Seinfeld” and “Masters of Sex.” She authored the New York Times bestseller “Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee.” She also has a podcast, “The Sarah Silverman Show.”

Iliza Shlesinger

Iliza is a female comedian and actress who created the term “elder millennial” and has multiple Netflix specials. Iliza has 1M followers on Instagram and was the 2008 winner of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing.” She’s also a mother, including some takeaways in her comedy specials. Her current tour is the Get Ready Tour.

Margaret Cho

Margaret is a Grammy and Emmy Award-nominated stand-up comedian, actress and singer-songwriter with 256K followers on Instagram. Margaret’s stand-up shows are hilarious, but she also likes to intertwine some current social and political problems. She also took part in the “Protect This Kid” campaign.

Taylor Tomlinson

Taylor is a stand-up comedian, writer and TV host of the CBS late-night show “After Midnight.” She has three Netflix specials and 1.6M followers on Instagram. Her comedy often talks about her own life, dating, living with anxiety, sexuality and so much more.

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