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10 great female comics

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Let’s not start this one off with the traditional “some people say women aren’t funny, but these lovely ladies prove those people wrong” schtick, all right? That’s old hat and we need to stop giving any credence to the crotchety chumps who would say something that stupid in the first place. Instead, we’ll just show you ten female stand-up comics – some you may have heard of, others you might not have, in no particular order – and give you some good ol’ fashioned rib-ticklin’ yuks and some weird new-fangled amusing curiosities to spice up your day on the internet.


1. Ellen DeGeneres

She cut her stand-up comedy chops in the era when it was still the making of a comic’s career to get called over to the couch by Johnny Carson on “The Tonight Show” after a set – which she was, by the by. Her approach has always been an interesting mix of the observational and the surreal. One minute, she’s an everywoman sharing your complaints about mundane things, and other times she’s unraveling into a crazy person with a long, sprawling and ever-maddening tale of weirdness and careening tangents. She’s so easygoing about it that her brilliance sneaks up on you and just makes you happy.


2. Nikki Payne

This woman comes at you like a freight train of entertainment. Born with a cleft palate, she speaks with a pronounced lisp, but she bulls and cackles her way through that setback and all her other personal issues every time she’s on stage. She’s brazenly sexual and seems to revel in her alcohol-soaked lasciviousness to the point that she’ll even drop trou on stage for a laugh. As she says in this clip, crazy is her favorite outfit.


3. Maria Bamford

With a shapeshifting voice and a seemingly near-broken outlook on the world, she quietly savages everybody’s conception of normalcy with her instantly vivid characters. Wonderfully weird and entirely unpredictable, one never knows where her bits are going or what she’ll say next, be it political mockery, familial angst or completely deflating hacky “stereotypically female” comedy.


4. Kathy Griffin

No matter how polarizing the gossip queen is, through the Herculean amounts of work she’s churning out, she has to be respected. Four hour-long specials in one year is unheard of for a comedian. She’s carved out this amazing niche for herself by caustically mocking airhead celebreality culture while reveling and even participating in it. With no filter at all, she lets it all fly out no matter how ruthless it gets, and there’s definitely something to be said about that kind of fearlessness.


5. Margaret Cho

Right beside Griffin as a one-two punch for gay advocation, Cho is openly bi, fiercely political and often gets full-on strident. She’s got a loyal cult following and a long-lasting career, taking full advantage of her rights to make a caricature of her mother and bluntly expose every intimate detail of her sex life and emotional journey to self-discovery.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at IFC.com

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…