It’s not been the most triumphant of weeks. In fact it’s been somewhat bogus, we need cheering up at Squeamish Bikini. So here’s a list of 5 comediennes/female comedians/comedians that happen to be women. And not one of them has an act that involves parking a car.
Susan Calman – I left a possibly damp seat at Brighton Komedia when I went to see Susan Calman on her stand up tour. Always a welcome addition to BBC Radio 4’s the News Quiz. If you disagree with me it could come to a bit of a stramash.
Miranda Hart – I was a latecomer to Miranda, because out of context it’s very hard to understand what your mother finds so funny about a “what she calls catchphrase, ‘Such fun.”’ Watch it, falling over is an art.
Sarah Millican - She posts photos of her puddings on her website, talks candidly about her divorce and accused Marcus Brigstocke of ‘not being her mam’ (a fair judgement). The selfless comic has her own show on BBC Radio 4, Sarah Millican’s Support Group, where she helps you, yes you, (not you) with your problems
Josie Long - Anyone who throws satsumas at/to her audience gets my vote. Going to a Josie Long gig is like having a chat with a friend who sneaks in politics, draws on charts, draws on themselves and gives you homemade badges. Warming.
Linda Smith – I decided to include Ms Smith in this list because whilst she is now working the comedy circuit in the sky the material she left is still very funny. Smith never got enough recognition and I often hear her material nicked.
This list is by no means definitive; my hands were tied when it came to including Shappi Khorsandi, Laura Solon et al by the laws of alliteration. By all means comment with links and names of any other comics and we can expand this list
14/10/2011 02:06:21 am
Don't hate me but... I never found Smack the Pony funny. I REALLY tried, I WANTED to like it but, no, nothing, flatline.
14/10/2011 03:54:30 am
I'm starting to think that Josie Long may be growing into one of the most important comedians this decade will see. It's not just the politics or warm, engaging manner - she's inventive with the form, tries to innovate, and creates her own world onstage that the audience completely buys into.
14/10/2011 04:18:43 am
Wow, that's praise indeed, you're a fan of the crafty then.
15/10/2011 07:45:04 am
How did I not mention Jo Brand! I'm watching Have I Got News For You and kicking myself
15/10/2011 10:17:18 pm
I think Josie Long is quite inspiring. She has become a kind of comedy activist. And she's found a way to make political comedy fun and neither angry and nor sanctimonious.
17/10/2011 04:10:10 am
17/10/2011 04:33:15 am
Paula Poundstone - not around any more really but was a fantastic improv stand up in her day.
17/10/2011 05:30:29 am
I saw Janeane Garofalo in Edinburgh once, I never got over her casting as the 'ugly one' in The Truth about Cats and Dog
Really not Squeamish Neil
17/10/2011 07:36:38 am
hattie hayridge - was one amazing stand up, but is really sadly only known as poly on red dwarf
17/10/2011 07:44:50 am
Oh you know...I don't find Jo Caulfield funny, but I have only seen her on those talking head shows about how everyone loves the 70s...
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