Top 10: Female Comedians (UK)

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Everyone loves to laugh, I’ve always enjoyed comedy, not just for it’s capacity to make people happy, but also for it’s ability to poke and prod at the social fabric, and tackle topics which otherwise might be taboo. In particular I like stand-up comedy, there’s something just so engaging about someone up on stage, and delivering their carefully crafted material that I just find so admirable. So with that in mind, I decided to do a Top 10 list of my favourite comedians working in the UK today, I’ve broken them down into Male and Female, you are currently reading the female version and you can click here to check out the male version. Also because of the substantial response these Top 10s I’ve recently completed counterparts for Male and Female comedians from America, which you can check out here and here respectively. If these posts get enough attention I will also do similar lists for Australia and Europe, so please engage with these posts on the site or on social media if that sounds like something you’d like to see. Okay, so that’s us all warmed up, time for the list, check that out below.

1. Sarah Millican
Sarah Millican is noted for her observational comedy, covering a variety of topics including relationships, issues facing women and body image. You may be familiar with her from her appearances on 8 Out of 10 Cats, Have I Got News for You, Mock the Week, You Have Been Watching, Would I Lie to You?, QI and Never Mind the Buzzcocks. You can check out some of her comedy by clicking here and here.

2. Sara Pascoe
Sara Pascoe is an comedian and actor, noted for her roles and appearances on The Thick of It, Mock the Week, The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret, Campus, Being Human, Twenty Twelve, QI, Have I Got News For You, Would I Lie to You and W1A. You can check out her comedy by clicking here and here

3. Sadia Azmat
Sadia Azmat is noted for her observational comedy and self-deprecation style, covering a variety of topics including British Asian culture, stereotypes and racism. I strongly urge you to check out her podcast via this link. Make sure and check out her comedy here and here

4. Suzi Ruffell
Suzi Ruffell is a British comedian who you may be familiar with from Live at the Apollo, Mock The Week, Roast Battle, Ultimate Worrier, Hypothetical, Stand Up Central and Comedy Central at the Comedy Store. I strongly urge you to check out her podcast with the talented Tom Allen, which you can do by clicking here. You can check out her comedy by clicking here and here

5. Shappi Khorsandi
Shappi Khorsandi is noted for her observational and Black comedy, as well as dealing with topics such as Iranian culture, British politics and culture and everyday life. You may be familiar with her from her appearances on Live at the Apollo, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! Have I Got News For You and QI. You can check out her comedy by clicking here and here

6. Jo Caulfield
Jo Caulfield is a comedian and actress who you may be familiar with from her appearances on shows like Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Mock the Week, Have I Got News For You, Argumental, The Politics Show and Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow. You can check out her comedy here and here

7. Jen Brister
Jen Brister is a comedian and actor who is noted for energetic performances, routines involving her own mother, and more recently her own experiences with motherhood. You should also check out her podcast Maureen & Jen, by clicking here. I also urge you to buy her book ‘The Other Mother’ which you can purchase on Amazon via this link. You can check out some of her comedy by clicking here and here

8. Lucy Porter
Lucy Porter is an English comedian and actress, who you may be familiar with from her appearances on shows such as Annually Retentive, Have I Got News For You, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, QI and Mock the Week. You can check out some of her comedy here and here

9. Jo Brand
Jo Brand is an English comedian and former psychiatric nurse noted for her observation and alternative comedy, especially on the topics of marriage and politics, as well as body image. You may be familiar with her from her appearances on QI, Have I Got News for You and Would I Lie to You? as well as her presenting on Jo Brand Through the Cakehole and Jo Brand’s Big Splash. You can check out her comedy here and here

10. Aisling Bea
Aisling Bea is an Irish comedian and actress, who you may be familiar with from her appearances on QI, Taskmaster, The Big Fat Quiz of the Year, The Last Leg, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Would I Lie to You? and Never Mind the Buzzcocks to name a few. You can check out her comedy by clicking here and here

Honourable mentions go to Isy Suttie, Angela Barnes and Sophie Willan who I also really enjoyed but didn’t quite make the top 10 list.

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