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5 Fierce Female Comics Touring in 2023

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From legends like Tina Fey and Wanda Sykes to newer talents like Ali Wong and Sarah Silverman, female comics have proved time and time again that they have more than what it takes to get the crowd laughing. Check out these five fierce female comedians touring in 2023.

Tina Fey – “Restless Leg Tour”

Join this multi-award-winning comedian, writer and actress as she embarks on her first joint tour with fellow comedian and actress, Amy Poehler. The Restless Leg Tour kicks off April 28 in Washington D.C. before coming to a close on June 10 in Atlantic City, N.J. Tina Fey is best known for her role as a head writer and cast member for the sketch-comedy show, Saturday Night Live (SNL). One of her more memorable roles was impersonating politician Sarah Palin. Fey would also team up frequently with Poehler to write and act in sketches, including SNL’s news segment, Weekend Update. Fey’s comedy journey gained traction like other peers in the entertainment industry by taking improv classes with Chicago’s comedy group, The Second City

After her departure from the show, Fey ventured into other projects such as the popular sitcom, 30 Rock, which ran for seven seasons and won several awards including Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Comedy Series from 2007-09. Other notable works involving Tina Fey include Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Date Night and Mean Girls, both the 2004 film and the 2017 Broadway musical. With her witty quips and endless creativity, Tina Fey has been regarded by The Guardian as the best comedian of the 21st century. Make sure to get your Tina Fey tickets and see this talented comedian live.

Nikki Glaser – “The Good Girl Tour” 

If you’re looking for a great female comic to see live, then Nikki Glaser tickets are right for you. The Good Girl Tour kicks off on Feb. 23 and will run until Nov. 18., hitting major U.S. cities. Glaser’s sets leave audiences roaring with laughter as she pivots between subjects like mental health and the challenges of modern-day women. Glaser started writing jokes at 18 and performed in small college venues. She would graduate to bigger opportunities like late-night talk shows like The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Conan.

Her daily show, The Nikki Glaser Podcast, launched in March 2021 through iHeartMedia and Will Ferrell’s Big Money Players Network. Glaser’s comedy special, Good Clean Filth, premiered on HBO in 2022 and was nominated for a Critics Choice Award for Best Comedy Special. Her other credits include being the host and producer of the HBO Max reality show FBOY ISLAND, which was praised by the Washington Post and TIME as a “compelling and clever masterpiece” with “smart execution.” The show’s second season premiered in July 2022. 

Iliza Shlesinger – “Back In Action Tour”

Catch this Award-winning comedian on her Back in Action tour, which ends March 24 at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. Iliza Shlesinger’s comedy career started to gain momentum after she won  Last Comic Standing in 2008. Shlesinger is the youngest comedian and the only female comic to have won on this show.

She has written and produced six Netflix comedy specials, the latest including Unveiled (2019) and Iliza Shlesinger: Hot Forever (2022), which detail her hilarious anecdotes of wedding planning, ugly bras, and navigating adulthood. Shlesinger has produced and starred in other creative works like The Iliza Shlesinger Sketch Show, which premiered on Netflix in 2020 and the film, Good On Paper (2021). Make sure to get your Iliza Shlesinger tickets today and see this dynamic comedian live. 

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Margaret Cho – “Live and Livid Tour” 

See award-winning comedian Margaret Cho on her Live and Livid tour which will run until Sept. 9 of this year. Cho embarked on her journey as a comedian by performing stand-up sets as a teenager at a club near her parents’ bookstore in San Francisco. Initially recognized for her ground-breaking, yet controversial ABC show, All-American Girl, Margaret Cho developed her comedic chops quickly and embarked on her Notorious C.H.O. National Tour, which the New York Times called “brilliant.”

Margaret Cho got a starring role in the 2009 comedy-drama series, Drop, Dead Diva, and in 2011, she received a Grammy nomination for Comedy Album of the Year for Cho Dependent. Her latest comedy special Psycho’s success led her to be named by Rolling Stone as one of the 50 Best Stand-Up Comics in 2017. Critics call Cho “the sort of funny, sex-positive feminist and LGBT activist younger comics continue to look up to.” For more of Cho check out her newest project, The Margaret Cho Podcast, featuring interviews with well-known celebrities and up-and-coming talents in the entertainment world.

Taylor Tomlinson – “The Have It All Tour” 

Taylor Tomlinson’s The Have It All Tour begins on Feb. 17 at the Encore theater in Las Vegas, Nev. Scouted by Variety as one of 10 comics to watch out for in 2018, Tomlinson’s stand-up career began at 16 when her dad signed her up for a comedy class in her hometown of Temecula, Calif. She performed at local venues before appearing on season nine of Last Comic Standing in 2015. Since then, her comedy career has taken off and Taylor Tomlinson has appeared on The Tonight Show, Conan, and different Comedy Central productions. 

She has written two Netflix specials, Quarter-Life Crisis (2020) and Look At You (2022), where she cracks jokes about her dating life, mental health issues and deviating from her Christian background. The New York Times noted how in her newest special Tomlinson “demonstrates tight joke writing, carefully honed act-outs and a ruthless appetite for laughs.” Taylor Tomlinson debuted her podcast, Sad Girl in the City, in 2021 and in 2022 she became the seventh most followed female comedian on TikTok. There is plenty of time to grab a ticket to one of her shows as the tour doesn’t end until Nov. 4 in Tampa.

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