Top 10 funniest Australian Female Comedians

We cover the top ten range of experienced celebrity Australian female comedians. Right from the top, through to those who have worked the comedy circuit. Australian Female Comedians add impact to corporate events, alternatively, they perform the traditional short set of corporate comedy.  This gives guests a burst of laughter in the usual 20-30 minute length set.

Top 10 funniest Australian Female Comedians

The Top 10 funniest Australian Female Comedians at Glance:

  • Hannah Gadsby
  • Judith Lucy
  • Denise Scott
  • Kitty Flanagan
  • Claire Hooper
  • Fiona O'Loughlin
  • Celia Pacquola
  • Julia Morris
  • Rebel Wilson
  • Meshel Laurie

1. Hannah Gadsby

 Hannah Gadsby

Born: 12 January 1978
Medium: Stand-up television, theatre
Years active: 2006–present
Genres: Observational comedy, dark humour, deadpan, wit
Instagram: @hannah_gadsby

It was on a visit to her sister in Adelaide in 2006 when Gadsby entered Raw Comedy in 2006, progressing through the heats to win the national prize. As the winner, she was sent to the So You Think You're Funny? competition at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where she won second prize. From that point on, she performed numerous stand-up shows at festivals around Australia, such as the Adelaide Fringe, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and Sydney Comedy Festival.

Gadsby created the stand-up show she named Nanette partly as a response to the uncivil public debate which took place in Australia before the law was changed to allow same-sex marriage, and also after her diagnosis of ADHD and autism, in a performance described as ground-breaking. In 2018, Netflix released the film version of Nanette, which brought her to the attention of international audiences. On Rotten Tomatoes, Nanette received an approval rating of 100% based on reviews from 46 critics.

2. Judith Lucy

Judith Lucy

Born: 25 March 1968
Occupation: Comedian, actress, author, television presenter, radio presenter
Medium: Stand-up
Years active: 1989–present
Net worth: $2-million

After arriving in Melbourne, Lucy embarked on a career as a stand-up comedian, leading to a series of highly successful one-woman shows, including No Waiter I Ordered the Avocado (1991), King Of The Road (1995), An Impossible Dream (1996), The Show (1998), The Show 2 (1999), Colour Me Judith (2000), I'm Going to Learn How to Fly (2001), I Failed! (2006) (based on her short-lived career on the 2Day FM breakfast show), and Judith Lucy's Not Getting Any Younger (2009). Her 1999 comedy album King of the Road was nominated for an ARIA Award.

3. Denise Scott

Denise Scott

Born: 24 April 1955
Occupation: Comedian, actress, television presenter, radio presenter
Net worth: $5 Million
Instagram: @_denisescott

Scott has appeared frequently on Australian television since her regular slot on ABC TV's The Big Gig in 1990, and a weekly segment on Tonight Live with Steve Vizard. Scott was one of the most frequent guests on musical quiz show Spicks and Specks, and appeared several times on The Glass House and Good News Week.

In 1993 she performed the live show, "Women Stand Up!" with Sue Ingleton and Lynda Gibson She also co-starred with Judith Lucy and Lynda Gibson in stage spectaculars Comedy Is Not Pretty (1999) and Comedy Is Still Not Pretty (2003).

4. Kitty Flanagan

Kitty Flanagan

Born: 1968
Medium: Stand-up comedian, writer, actor
Years active: 1995-present
Genres: Sketch comedy, autobiographical comedy, observational comedy, character comedy, multi-media supported comedy, comedy songs
Instagram: @kittyflanagan

Following her exit from advertising, she worked as a bartender at a hotel where there was an open mic night, so she decided to try stand-up. Her first attempt was a success and she then started her comedy career in 1994 doing stand-up at an open mic night at the Harold Park Hotel in Sydney. Her debut performance at the Harold Park Hotel led to a spot in the final of the hotel's Comic of the Year competition where she placed third and won a bottle of red wine. Flanagan had been doing stand-up comedy for six months before she was spotted in December 1994 by the producer of Full Frontal. Flanagan joined the cast as both a writer and performer in 1995. Flanagan left Full Frontal in late 1996 to concentrate on her stand-up while she continued writing and acting for television in Shaun Micallef's World Around Him, The Micallef Program, The 50 Foot Show and The Fat.

5. Claire Hooper

Claire Hooper

Born: 5 September 1976
Medium: Stand-up, television, radio
Years active: 2004–present
Net worth: $5 Million

In 2004, Hooper won the Western Australian finals of Triple J's Raw Comedy. In 2005, she was selected to perform in "The Comedy Zone" for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and was awarded "Best and Fairest" at the National Improvisation Championships in Sydney. Claire discovered she had a goitre that required surgery, which led her to wonder what she would do if she ever lost her voice. In 2006, Hooper performed a one-hour live show titled Oh inspired by the incident, during which she did not speak at all, instead communicating through recorded audio, videos, handwritten signs, breakdancing and mime. The show was well-received, earning a nomination at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival for the "Best Newcomer" award. Her 2007 show, "Show Girl", was inspired by Kylie Minogue and involved Hooper juxtaposing ideas of Minogue as dignified and ladylike with her own failed attempts to maintain dignity. In 2008, she returned to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival to perform a new solo show, "Storybook".

6. Fiona O'Loughlin

Fiona O'Loughlin

Born: 16 July 1963
Medium: Stand-up comedy, television
Years active: 2000–present
Instagram: @thefionaoloughlin

O'Loughlin has made television performances on ABC TV's Spicks and Specks, and Network Ten's Rove Live, Good News Week, All Star Family Feud, The Project, Studio 10, Show Me the Movie! and Hughesy, We Have a Problem and a series of advertisements for Heinz soups. She has performed as a headline act in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe festival. In 2011 a book of her short stories, Me of the Never Never: The (Chaotic) Life and Times of Fiona O'Loughlin was published by Hachette Australia.

7. Celia Pacquola

Celia Pacquola

Born: 12 February 1983
Occupation: Comedian, writer, presenter, actress

Pacquola has written, presented, and guested on Australian and British radio, presenting Red Hot Go and Fox Summer Breakfast on Fox FM and The Comedy Hour on ABC Radio. She has written and performed for BBC Radio 4 shows including Shappi Talk, What's So Funny?, It's Your Round, The Headset, The Unbelievable Truth, and Britain Versus the World.

8. Julia Morris

Julia Morris

Born: 20 April 1968
Medium: Stand-up, television
Years active: 1985–present
Instagram: @ladyjuliamorris

Julia Carolyn Margaret Morris is an Australian comedian, television presenter, actress, writer and producer who has worked extensively in Australian television and radio, touring the country with her solo comedy shows. She relocated to the United Kingdom in 2000, appearing on British television, then returned to Australia in 2007. She lived on the Central Coast for her childhood.

9. Rebel Wilson

 Rebel Wilson

Born: 2 March 1980
Occupation: Actress, comedian, writer, producer
Years active: 2002–present
Instagram: @rebelwilson

Rebel Melanie Elizabeth Wilson is an Australian actress, comedian, writer, and producer. After graduating from the Australian Theatre for Young People in 2003, she began appearing as Toula in the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) comedy series Pizza (2003–2007; 2019), and subsequently appeared in the sketch comedy series The Wedge (2006–2007). Wilson wrote, produced and starred in the musical comedy series Bogan Pride (2008). The following year, she won the Tropfest best actress award for her role in Bargain and made a guest appearance in City Homicide. Shortly after moving to the United States, Wilson appeared as Brynn in the feature film Bridesmaids (2011).

10. Meshel Laurie

Meshel Laurie

Born: 29 May 1973
Medium: Stand-up comedian,radio presenter, television presenter
Years active: 1998–present

Laurie's first Melbourne International Comedy Festival show was Dairy Belles which she performed with Corinne Grant. In 1998 she was granted the Brian McCarthy Memorial Moosehead Award to produce The Virgin Mary 2 - This Time It's Personal. Her success began to skyrocket when, in 2000, she debuted The Whore Whisperer: Confessions of a Madam at the Melbourne Fringe Festival - a show all about her experiences working in brothels. A sell-out in its first season, The Whore Whisperer went on to sell out seasons at the Adelaide Fringe, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the Edinburgh Fringe and the Sydney Opera House.


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