By Emily Feimster
While many of us have always considered the likes of Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, Gilda Radner, Lily Tomlin, and Whoopi Goldberg to be comedic geniuses, there is a new crop of women keeping us laughing. In honor of these current comedy queens, we've made a list of our top 10 sizzling stars. From their unique observations of life to their no holds barred antics, take a look at who's bringing funny back!
1. Ellen DeGeneres
After creating a comeback with her hugely popular daytime talk show, "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," she's got everybody dancing to her own beat. The comedian is even a big hit in Hollywood. Not only has she previously hosted or co-hosted the Emmys three times and the Grammys twice, but she was also just asked to host the 2007 Oscars. Now that's one awards show we won't be sleeping through!
Quotable Quote: "I'm a godmother, that's a great thing to be, a godmother. She calls me god for short, that's cute, I taught her that." 2. Tina Fey
She started her television career behind the scenes as the head writer of "Saturday Night Live," but it wasn't long before she and her thick-rimmed glasses became a star when hosting "SNL's" Weekend Update. Now the Second City alum is co-producing, writing, and starring on the NBC sitcom "30 Rock."
3. Julia Louis-Dreyfus
She's so funny she was recently given an Emmy to prove it. Yep, the former "Seinfeld" star has broken out once again with the popular sitcom "The New Adventures of Old Christine."
Inside Scoop: Her father is Gerard Louis-Dreyfus. Doesn't ring a bell? He's what some like to call a French billionaire. In other words, he's a French billionaire. Guess she's one actress who never had to wait tables!
4. Wanda Sykes
This Virginia native has been hailed one of the funniest stand-up comics by audiences and peers alike. She recently sealed her place in comedy history with her first HBO Comedy Special. Next she can be seen alongside Steve Carell in "Evan Almighty."
Quotable Quote: "I'll never forget the first time my family came to see me do stand-up…It was an awful bombing. I was onstage and the audience was talking. Some of them even turned their backs to me. I was paralyzed. I couldn't even move. I just kept talking until I heard my mother yell out, 'Wanda! Get off the stage!'"
5. Amy Poehlerr
She may only stand at 5'2" but she's quickly become a comedic giant with her work on "Saturday Night Live." The former student of Second City Chicago is also a member of the comedy troupe "The Upright Citizens Brigade."
6. Cheryl Hines
Once a member of The Groundlings improv troupe, this funny woman is now famous for playing Larry David's wife on the popular HBO show, "Curb Your Enthusiasm."
Inside Scoop: Her first improv teacher was former "Friends" star Lisa Kudrow.
7. Amy Sedaris
Who doesn't love a lady who sells cupcakes and cheese balls when not performing comedy? The one-time regular on "The Late Show with David Letterman" has since made a name for herself with her character Jerri Blank on "Strangers With Candy." It certainly doesn't hurt that her brother is essayist David Sedaris.
Quotable Quote: "I'm awful at auditions. I go in there and suggest they pick someone else."
8. Sarah Silverman
This sassy stand-up comic and girlfriend of Jimmy Kimmel has never shied away from controversial material. In fact, she seems to thrive on it. But whenever her mouth gets her in trouble, her looks get her on the list of Maxim's Hot 100.
9. Margaret Cho
She's a stand-comic, a representative for the Asian American community, a fashion designer, and a gay rights activist. And to think, she does it all while being funny!
Inside Scoop: In 2006, she took up bellydancing and started her own line of bellydancing accessories. She then started "The Sensuous Woman," a monthly burlesque/comedy/bellydancing show at a restaurant in California. Hey, whatever pays the bills!
10. Chelsea Handler
Ok, so she's not as well known as these other comedians, but she's currently making quite a name for herself on her E! sketch comedy show. Often compared to actress Jenny McCarthy, her naughty antics and self-deprecating humor have made her a favorite among fans.
Quotable Quote: "I went out with a guy who once told me I didn't need to drink to make myself more fun to be around. I told him, 'I'm drinking so that you're more fun to be around.'"
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