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Fri, 26 Apr '13

4 Funny Female Comedians You Need to Know

Celebrating Carol Burnett's birthday in style!

Eighty years ago today on April 26, 1933, the world became a markedly funnier place thanks, in no small part, to the birth of Carol Burnett. Eighty years later, the trailblazing comedienne is still kicking ass, taking names and making us laugh on and off-screen. To celebrate her birthday, we're paying it forward by shining the spotlight on the next generation of laughter-purveying ladies that you need to know.

Tig Notaro - Dealing with tragic news is never easy, but getting up on stage and talking about it immediately afterwards is mind-boggling. Last year, after being diagnosed with breast cancer, Tig Notaro took the stage at Los Angeles' Largo theater and delivered a now legendary stand-up set that tackled the subject head on (and was later released as an album, Live). Louis CK, who was watching from the wings, called it “an amazing example of what comedy can be.” We call it one of the most inspiring, honest and, yes, hilarious sets we've ever heard despite its gallows humor subject matter. The next time you're having a bad day, listen to Tig and we guarantee it'll get better.

Beth Stelling - Recently featured on Chris Hardwick's annual Nerdist Stand-Up Cluster, Beth Stelling is a rising star in the world of stand-up and her razor sharp wit combined with her girl next door aesthetic make for a powerfully funny combination. In addition to a recent appearance on Conan, Stelling is one of the most LOL-inducing ladies on Twitter, offering up gems like: "3 of you have expressed interest in what I look like naked. I can’t share that, but a gander at any nude painting from 1625 should suffice.” 

Ali Wong - Another vaunted member of the Nerdist Stand-Up Cluster club, Ali Wong (The Newsroom, Are You There, Chelsea?) possesses a rapier wit, which she uses to cut through the bullshit and deliver incisive observations on everything from race to food to some of the raunchiest stories we've ever heard. Clever, concise and just a wee bit dark, Ali is definitely one to watch (even if our favorite bit might be too NSFW for this newsletter).

Shelby Fero - First spotted making waves on Twitter amongst the cream of the comedy crop at age seventeen, Shelby Fero is unreasonably funny given her relative youth When she's not studying at USC, Fero is bringing her unique brand of self-deprecating humor to stand-up shows, Comedy Central's Key & Peele and hosting segments for HelloGiggles. Rather than keep prattling on, we'll let this incredible interview with Shelby, Ira Glass and Mike Birbiglia speak for itself.

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