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Women stand-up comics are us­ing their com­plex­i­ties to own their nar­ra­tive. Here are some of the fun­ni­est.

Whether they’re fierce, coy, silly, sar­cas­tic or raunchy on stage, women stand-up co­me­di­ans con­front their past, and use their ex­pe­ri­ences to own their life and nar­ra­tive. Here are some of the best (and fun­ni­est) ones you could be learn­ing from. A woman, an­other woman, and a third woman walk into a bar… and they all do stand-up! Okay, pretty weak set-up, even lamer punch­line, but hey, I’m not a comic. What I am is a huge fan. To me, there is no divi­sion be­tween male and fe­male stand-ups – you are ei­ther funny or you are dead to me. What prompted this round-up, though, is the re­cent Net­flix spe­cial, Nanette, by Tas­ma­nian stand-up Han­nah Gadsby. She has, in one per­for­mance, com­pletely changed the con­cept of stand-up com­edy for­ever. For­ever. Her trans­for­ma­tive set is the most talked-about, dis­sected and cher­ished per­for­mance of a gen­er­a­tion.

Of course, many paved the way – Joan Rivers, San­dra Bern­hard, Mar­garet Cho – and while Gadsby has earned her place in the pan­theon, other hi­lar­i­ous women are out there killing it night af­ter night in dingy bars, empty com­edy clubs, sold-out are­nas and HBO or Net­flix spe­cials – talk­ing about their trau­matic his­to­ries or deal­ing with their men­tal ill­nesses in pub­lic. And you can’t hide be­hind a mic.

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