Long and tired is the argument that women can’t be funny. While even Germaine Greer believes that female comedians are likely to be “left speechless” in an improv situation, we believe women are not only funny, they’re bloody hilarious. Here are five female British comedians who will make you cry with laughter.
If you’ve never watched Olivia Lee’s TV show Dirty Sexy Funny on Comedy Central, you are seriously missing out. Trained at The Central School of Speech and Drama and a regular on The Late Show with Jay Leno, Olivia’s skits like Door B*tch and Anna Editor will have you in stitches.
From how to get the look of Hilary Devey to her obsession with Phillip Schofield, musician and comedian Vikki Stone is positively brilliant. Make sure to catch her new show Hot Mess at Edinburgh Fringe where she’ll no doubt perform her (NSFW) viral hit The Phillip Schofield Song.
The satirical cabaret act Fascinating Aida was founded in 1983, and is now comprised of Adèle Anderson, Liza Pulman, and founding member Dillie Keane. From their hit Cheap Flights to the cheeky rap Down With Kids, Fascinating Aida are a hit with audiences of all ages.
Isabel Fay is an up-and-coming writer and performer from Bath. Her new video Thank You Hater, a tongue-in-cheek love song to Internet trolls, has been described by Stephen Fry as a “masterpiece”, and she’s donating all profits from it to Beat Bullying. Hello, new girl crush.
WATSON & OLIVER
Comedy duo Lorna Watson and Ingrid Oliver’s recent Watson & Oliver show on BBC2 was a must-watch for us. We loved their Parliament Live and (Absolutely No) Sense & Sensibility sketches. Even better, they managed both sing with and snog John Barrowman in their first episode.