Preview: Glasgow Comedy Festival


Glasgow Comedy Festival starts today so, we’ve put together a few of our picks of the female comedians playing during the festival.

comedy fest

Abigoliah Schamaun – Subtle
21 March
Blackfriars Basement

New York comic Abigoliah Schamaun comes to Glasgow with a set of dirty jokes and a selection side-show stunts. See a comedian stick a needle through her own hand for you (but mostly her) entertainment. It’s all about the thighs and dick jokes, so most everyone will laugh but at least one person will faint. She is also releasing her first comedy album Girl Going to Hell in June.

Interview: Rosie Wilby


TYCI talks to comedian Rosie Wilby about her latest show, Nineties Woman.

rosie in feminist tshirt 1.3MB

Tell us a bit about Nineties Woman.
It’s a really nostalgic and personal cheeky look back at my own introduction to feminism via archive photos, music and clips of filmed interviews with the collective of women who created the newspaper, Matrix, at York Uni in the early 1990s.

Tell us about Matrix. How did it come about? Why was it something you wanted to create?
It was a big broadsheet sized feminist student zine that seemed pretty radical at the time and always seemed to stir up controversy. We were seen as crazy dungaree wearing man haters. It had a sense of humour though with funny cartoons and satire in between the serious articles about body image, sexual harassment and rape.
The women who started it were a year or two above me and I was in awe of them a bit, so it’s been funny to track them down now and film interviews with them and meet them on completely different terms.

Interview – Mary Bourke


Jannica Honey talks to comedian Mary Bourke at her work and ideas on modern feminism.


‘Are you some kind of Marie Antoinette of stand-up comedy?’, I ask Irish comedian Mary Bourke as she opens a big green door and shows me into a large flat which belongs to Edinburgh comedy club The Stand.

She had asked me to bring cakes to the interview and not to be boring so I’m trying my best. I did get some cakes, but I’m still not sure if she was truly entertained by my chat about the Orange Lodge and blow jobs at an Eminem gig in Slane during our interview at her Edinburgh show back in September.

Women Are Funny Too, You Know


Cathryn Hanley debunks some of the myths surrounding women in comedy.

In the past decade, thanks to lady comic greats like Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Catherine Tate, and Kristen Wiig, women have finally pushed to the front ranks of what has long been the Old Boy’s Club of comedy. However, there is still the commonly held belief that women, for purported biological or social reasons, simply aren’t as funny as men. I sat down with three friends of mine involved in the New York improv and sketch comedy scene and chat about their experience and perspective as ladies in comedy.

Vanity Fair Photo

[Sarah Silverman, Tina Fey, and Amy Poehler posing for an April 2008 issue of Vanity Fair magazine]


Interview – Claudia Jeffries


Imogen Marcus interviews physical performer and writer Claudia Jeffries about her new show Jewel.

 photo claudia_zps6285d050.jpg

Claudia Jeffries is currently in Edinburgh performing Jewel, a devised one-woman physical theatre show that brilliantly sends up the absurdities of high-glitz beauty pageant culture in the U.S. It follows a mother, daughter and grandmother who’ve made it to the final of the Five States Inter-generational Crystal Perfection Pageant and are now competing for the prize. These women inhabit a surreal world where, as Jeffries’s describes it, “clown make-up, sleeping with your eyes open and getting possessed by a giant interpretive prawn is the norm”.

International Woman of the Day – Lisa Simpson


Today’s International Woman of the Day is Lisa Simpson, as chosen by Maria Moore.

I may not have realised it back when 6pm meant Simpsons-time, but Lisa Simpson was a brilliant role model. A friend and I were talking about it the other day – how lucky we were to grow up with her. I don’t think we knew at the time what an important influence this particular vegetarian feminist activist would be in our lives. As someone who spent most of my childhood reading, I obviously identified with her bookish ways and loved her for it, but there is so much more to her than just books… It is her thirst for knowledge, determination, and her all-important conviction that there is more to being a girl than sitting quietly and looking pretty that make her such a significant figure.

 photo simps_zpsab98b306.png

[Image from http://lisasimpsonbookclub.tumblr.com]

International Woman of the Day – Julia Davis


Jane Scullion chooses Julia Davis as her International Woman of the Day – and here’s why.

Julia Davis is my comedy icon. I first discovered Davis when my university lecturer mentioned her cult show Nighty Night during a tutorial class. Out of curiosity, I tuned in and expected a gentle Sunday night sedative-sitcom. What I got instead was a story about a sociopathic beauty-parlour owner Jill Tyrrell (played by Davis), who has a habit for poisoning people and destroying lives left, right, and centre. Nighty Night’s first series famously begins with Jill’s self-absorbed response to her husband’s cancer diagnosis. Her response: “Why me?!”

International Woman of the Day – Tig Notaro


Freida James selects comedienne Tig Notaro for her International Woman of the Day

I first learned about Tig Notaro when one of her live shows was recommended on the website of fellow comedian Louis CK – but apparently everyone else was already on that bus, and knew how great she was.

Notaro is a stand-up, writer and radio contributor and has been featured on shows like The Sarah Silverman Program and Comedy Central Presents, but made headlines in 2012 for openly discussing her breast cancer diagnosis during her sets. I think Tig is an incredibly brave, funny and intelligent woman, and hope that anyone who hasn’t heard her stuff yet should check her out.


TYCI’s International Woman of the Day Series – Amy Poehler


In the month leading up to International Women’s Day, we will be running a series of features called International Woman of the Day.  Each day, a TYCI writer or a special guest contributor will tell us about a lady who has inspired them at some point in their lives.

First up, Lauren Mayberry chooses comedienne / actress / writer / producer Amy Poehler and gives three reasons why. (more…)

Funny Peculiar


Lucy Brouwer gives her perspective of what it’s like to be a woman in the world of comedy.

Back in the ‘90s , when comedy was “the new rock ‘n’ roll”, my heroes were all comedians. Before I could go to music gigs, I went to comedy shows – stand up in theatres, art centres and for one memorable weekend, the Edinburgh Fringe. I had a Rob Newman poster on my wall, but awkward teenager that I was, I wasn’t just one of the screaming girls in the audience, I wanted to be like him.

I had pen pals – boys who wanted to be funny – but it never occurred to me that I could have a go at picking up a microphone too. (more…)