When you look at today's female comedians, the range of completely different talents and styles on offer is extraordinary. You've got sweethearts like Miranda Hart and Lucy Porter – and then there are acts like Sarah Silverman who play with ingenious, malicious glee on that same 'niceness'. Sarah Millican has her own smart little twist on domestic humour, Sandi Toksvig does the breezy political and cultural commentary, and Tamsin Greig riffs on the idea of the sharp, slightly shrewish independent girl (which may have been why she was so good as Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing back in 2006). Meanwhile, Jessica Walter's pretty much been dominating the 'sharp-tongued and icy-cruel' category, with hilarious results, on American TV for a good few years now. And, of course, my personal queen of comedy, Tina Fey, who could give any male comedian a run for his money. I had to stifle my giggles during a recent plane journey as I read her fantastic autobiography, Bossypants!
And then, of course, there are the up-and-comers; which is why I'm extremely excited to be on the judging panel of this year's Funny Women Awards at the Leicester Square Theatre, which aims to support and give wider recognition to budding new female comic talent in the UK. These are the women who'll be making you chortle, snigger, cackle, snort, and roll around on the floor kicking your legs up in the air like a giant baby a few years from now – and I'm very honoured indeed to get the chance to see them before they make it big.
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