It’s Red Nose Day this Friday! The biannual celebration of all things LOL is back and, what with the much-hyped Love Actually sequel and the reunion of subversive ‘00s female comedy trio Smack the Pony, this year’s marathon broadcast is shaping up to be one of the funniest yet.
Over the years, female comics have provided some of Comic Relief’s standout moments – who can forget Dawn French snogging the face off a very floppy-haired Hugh Grant? Or Kate Moss, in gold hoops and a zip-up sports top, working her funny bone alongside Matt Lucas? The girls are killing it – onscreen and off – and, in the process, kicking the tired idea that women can't be funny to the kerb.
Bold, brash, often downright filthy, ahead are some of the female stand-ups we can’t get enough of right now. Use this list as a jumping-off point for discovering new shows to see, podcasts to download, and Netflix specials to add to your list. And don't forget to tune in on Friday. It's for a good cause.