It has always struck me how overqualified a 'female comedian' has to be to make her debut on a panel show. A sell-out tour, an award nomination or two, acting roles in sitcoms, writing credits for sitcoms - a combination of all these seems to be required.
Yes, ostensibly it's 'Have I Got News For You' - with spot-on impressions of Ian Hislop, Paul Merton et al - but there's
For progress to be made, the BBC must fundamentally reassess the way it looks at female stand-ups. They are not a ratings tool but performers who can be just as hilarious as their male counterparts. Treating them as otherwise benefits neither the viewer nor the reputation of female comedians.
David Dimbleby has hit back at claims by comic Dara O Briain that 'Question Time' needs to tackle the gender balance of its
Danny Cohen, head of BBC Television, has announced that all male panel shows are 'not acceptable' and from now on shows like Mock the Week and QI are going to include at least one female contestant.
Before you splutter all over the comments section, let's be clear that the end goal isn't a rigid 50/50 gender split of everything that ever goes on telly. Nobody's advocating shoehorning extra women into every possible scenario, just to make a statement.
Of all the things I can't get my head round in life, there is one thing that stands out above all else. It's not that vending machines kill more people annually than sharks, or even that they used to use dead beetles for Smarties colouring. It's that people genuinely feel like it's okay to bandy about the idea that women aren't funny.
Women are more usually associated with nurture and we quite often achieve great things without ever recognising them, mainly to ourselves. Great leaders, more often male, don't sit around modestly waiting to be chosen, they shout about their achievements and step in to answer all the right questions.
You gather a panel of random funny celebrities in front of a live studio audience, have them one-up each other on some broad
“Racism is hilarious. It’s only uptight people who don’t know it.” American comedian Reginald D Hunter's controversially