Stand-up comedy may be a male-dominated field but watch out fellas, the women are coming. Check out this heckle – or should that be a giggle – of award-winning female comedians who are winging their way over to Wells to perform in the upcoming Wells Comedy Festival at the end of May.
Australian born, London-based Bec is the queen of pun: ‘Even the word misogyny is misogynistic. It should be ms-ogyny.’ and ‘My brother and friends spend all of their time floating out at sea. Well, boys will be buoys.’ – and she sometimes uses arts and crafts (‘paper-puppetry’) in her stand-up. Your kids might have seen her on CBBC’s The Dog Ate My Homework and she’s hosted Sky’s DC Fancast and DC Fancast UNMASKED.
Bridget Christie’s ‘Because You Demanded It’ show finds the funny side of Brexit (yes, there is one). If you didn’t want to leave the EU, or you did but now don’t because everything’s gone down the pan, then this is the show for you. Even if you did want to leave you may still find it funny to watch a liberal female comedian’s exasperated and despairing meltdown. Joke: ‘Feminism is not a fad. It’s not like Angry Birds. Although it does involve a lot of angry birds. Bad example.‘
The Essex girl, actor, TV presenter (Snog, Marry, Avoid? Fake Reaction) and comedian’s response to Facebook’s Motherhood Challenge – to post ‘special memories’ of not being a mum – went viral. She’ll be trying out new jokes at the Wells Comedy Festival, but here’s an old one: ‘My wedding was like a fairy tale. It wasn’t magical; it’s just that I’ve got an ugly sister.’
This Bristol comedian used to be a fishmonger in Asda and started telling jokes to raise her dying sister’s spirits before going on to win the Funny Women Award in 2014. She incorporates jokes, rap, beat-boxing, dance and even a spot of opera singing in her act. Sample laugh: ‘Why is a cat like a comma? Because with a comma the clause comes before the pause and with a cat the paws comes from the claws.’
She was once described as a cross between a young Steve Martin and a nine-year-old girl having a mid-life crisis, this freewheeling, surrealist comedian’s escapades will make you feel good about your own life choices. Here’s a joke: ‘I waited an hour for my starter so I complained: “It’s not rocket salad”‘
Writer, actor and comedian Sara Pascoe doesn’t think there are any subjects you can’t joke about but there are definitely things she would never be able to make sound funny. In the meantime, here are couple of uncontentious quips: ‘For my birthday I got myself glasses. So my observational comedy’s really improved.’ and ‘You can’t lose a homing pigeon. If your homing pigeon doesn’t come back, then what you’ve lost is a pigeon.‘
More of a story teller than a stand up – did you catch the Australian-born, London-based comedian’s brilliant, dark Australian Trilogy on Radio 4 last month? It wasn’t all all Home and Away and Neighbours stereotypes in 1990s Oz, you know. Bon mot: ‘Life is like a pie of details thrown at your head’.
The Wells Comedy Festival is taking place at venues around Wells from Fri 26-Sun 28 May. For performance dates and times, see the full programme at wellscomfest.com