Call it belief, call it over-excitement, call it both dumb and blind optimism: I am rather sharing Mr Welland's view right now after the year 2011 has been. Not for Brits in movies, that is - but for women in comedy.
We women have to employ a stealth approach to using humour in the boardroom, on public platforms and to build our relationships with friends and families. When we group together in tribes, professional networks, social or family groups, we are funny - gobsmackingly, hilariously funny, funny, funny.
No one IRL sends me pictures of ferrets in tuxedos, no one else writes the thought-provoking posts that stay with you all day, no one else can champion the hashtag #cheesecoma with such joyful abandon. So this International Women's Day, I raise a gin and tonic to the wonderful women of Twitter. It is OUR day.
That loud banging noise you hear every time someone asks "which gender is funnier" is the collective sound of actual, real-life funny women slamming their heads against whatever hard object they can find.
As for Ian Hislop's point about women not putting themselves forward in the way that men do: again, I'd argue that whether it's for cultural, social or biological reasons (most likely all three), he's pretty much correct.
Here is my loving playlist for this weekend's blessed event -- the wide release of a big mainstream comedy starring so many funny ladies -- and for all the sexy solace provided by funny women everywhere.