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Best Female Stand-Up Comedians in 2014

We were all saddened by the recent passing of beloved comedienne Joan Rivers. Her career was long and never without scandal, but she was adored for her relentless energy, boundary-pushing jokes and notorious zingers. She was a pioneer, blazing the trail for other female comedians, enabling them to brave the typically male-dominated industry. We have Joan to thank for the likes of Ellen DeGeneres and Roseanne Barr. Never in history has there been more female comedians in the limelight, so to celebrate Joan’s contributions, we give you some of comedy’s hottest ladies of the moment.

Amy Schumer

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One of the biggest names in comedy at the moment is Amy Schumer. Her Comedy Central sketch show, Inside Amy Schumer, has been renewed for a third season and was also nominated for a primetime Emmy this year. Schumer continues to break taboos regarding attitudes towards young women, sex and relationships.

Sarah Silverman

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She’s not exactly new to the biz, but Sarah Silverman scored an Emmy Award this year for her HBO special, We Are Miracles. Despite premiering on the scene in 1992, Silverman shows no signs of slowing down and continues to gain respect as a comedy legend.

Maria Bamford

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Bamford is well-known for her comedic take on her array of mental illnesses, form OCD to bipolar disorder. She has had guest appearances on Louie and Arrested Development, but it is her own web series – The Maria Bamford Show and The Special Special Special – that have earned her fame.

Cameron Esposito

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Esposito was famously praised as “the future” by Jay Leno after her performance on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson last year. Since then, Cameron has been making waves in her hometown of Los-Angeles, but keep an eye (ear?) out for her upcoming comedy album, Same Sex Symbol. You may have recently seen her response to a homophobic heckler after it went viral on the web this year.

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September 9, 2014

Joan Rivers Dies, Aged 81

Joan Rivers was most commonly known for two things – her extensive cosmetic surgery and a biting tongue. The wit and sarcasm of Ms Rivers snr was second to done and it was funny every time.

Sadly, she passed away this morning after a week-long hospitalisation that came about due to complications during surgery in her vocal chords.

With a career spanning seven decades, Rivers started out performing stand-up routines in comedy clubs in NYC in the 1960s which led her her big break on the The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in 1965. From then on, Rivers continued on the late-night circuit, the talk show circuit and, in 1978, wrote and directed the film Rabbit Test, starring Billy Crystal.

But, most recently, Rivers – alongside her daughter Melissa – is most well known for annihilating celebrities on the red carpet with one question: “Who are you wearing?” This became the basis for the TV show Fashion Police, where Rivers and her team delight in ripping to shreds (metaphorically speaking) what A-list celebrities are wearing.

Her sense of humour was the shining beacon and, in her recent book, she even went into specific details on what to do/and not to do when she dies:

  • Make sure the guy who cuts the tombstone is a good speller.
  • Don’t break the news to my friends by singing “A-Tisket, A-Tasket, Joan’s Finally in a Casket.”
  • Please make sure no one knows Melissa’s last words to me were, “Just sign this.”

At least her humour will live on. RIP Joan Rivers.

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September 5, 2014