Only 2 "non-male" comedians in British Top 20 - and one is Eddie Izzard

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FightingTheFoo Fri 05-Feb-21 17:22:38

According to a "scientific" study commissioned by some random website and covered by LadBible.

No women at all in the top 10. The first "woman" to appear on the list is at #15 and that entry is Eddie Izzard. (Izzard's new gender must have cost them at least a couple of places because women aren't funny, are they?)

Sarah Millican comes in at #19.

This is how Lad Bible puts it: "Interestingly enough, the only non-male comedians to feature on the list were Sarah Millican and gender-fluid Eddie Izzard."

So, Sarah Millican is now a "non-male". Has anyone asked Sarah if that's how she identifies? I suspect not.

Oh, and the disingenuousness of putting her name before Izzard's in that sentence when she is actually four places below him on the list - to hide the MISOGYNY.

I feel a rage blackout coming on.

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AnyOldPrion Fri 05-Feb-21 17:28:05

Jimmy Carr is not funny, so if he’s been put in the top spot the list is nonsense anyway. Watched him on Netflix and he relied heavily on misogyny and ... well I can only think of the word “smut” but that doesn’t come close to how grim and abusive his material was.

Jo Brand is a million times funnier than him. Presumably these misogynists hate her for it.

Grooticle Fri 05-Feb-21 17:42:08

FFS. So many excellent female comics out there being ignore in favour of men.

Looneytune253 Fri 05-Feb-21 17:46:39

To be fair I'd struggle to name any more female comedians than sarah millican. And none that are bigger than the ones on the list. It's hard to argue with it when the male comedians are more popular with the public.

midgedude Fri 05-Feb-21 17:53:19

It's circular though, those who get more air time and general adulation will be more popular with the public,

the more mysoginisyic ( that is not spelt correctly) society the less popular the female comedians will be

Londonmummy66 Fri 05-Feb-21 17:53:45

Find it astonishing that Jo Brand doesn't make that list. I'd quite like to see Sue Perkins on it too.

CranberriesChoccyAgain Fri 05-Feb-21 18:02:07

Huh...... I don't see EI's name here.


ZuttZeVootEeeVro Fri 05-Feb-21 18:05:28

So, the basis of the study was to take an hour of comedy from a whole host of British comedians and then see how much of that hour the audience spent laughing away.

They are all a bit pants if audiences are only laughing for less than 5 minutes in an hour set.

Can you imagine been on a night out and only laugh for a couple of minutes?

Xanthangum Fri 05-Feb-21 18:10:27

Ellie Taylor should definitely be on that list

OvaHere Fri 05-Feb-21 18:16:20

In what way do they think Izzard is non-male? Magical thinking again.

LiveintheNow Fri 05-Feb-21 18:22:32

Rachel Parris should be on there too

ArabellaScott Fri 05-Feb-21 18:27:20

Female comics? Shappi Korsandi, Jo Brand, come to mind instantly. But yes, it's not a very women-friendly field, is it?

ArabellaScott Fri 05-Feb-21 18:32:25

Janey Godley has pissed me off too much for me to mention her.

AdultHumanCantRememberWhat Fri 05-Feb-21 18:34:15

I really miss Victoria Wood.

MissBarbary Fri 05-Feb-21 18:35:54


Janey Godley has pissed me off too much for me to mention her.

She is awful in several ways.

Shappi Korsandi isn't awful in the same way as Godley but she isn't funny.

Fembot123 Fri 05-Feb-21 18:38:48


Find it astonishing that Jo Brand doesn't make that list. I'd quite like to see Sue Perkins on it too.

This 👌

WendyTestaburger Fri 05-Feb-21 18:39:08

Stand up comedians have to start out doing gigs all over the country, zig zagging between places that are nowhere near each other. Gigs can be late at night in all manner of venues, on random week nights. They get paid very little so it's preferable if you can kip on a couch rather than stay at a hotel.

It's not rocket science to see that women's preference for lipstick and long hair would make the above life style inaccessible and potentially dangerous. Well done to those that make it!

bitheby Fri 05-Feb-21 18:42:06

Sarah Pascoe isn't really my cup of tea but could be on it.

MissBarbary Fri 05-Feb-21 18:45:02

Is that correct about the Isle of Man?

HermitsLife Fri 05-Feb-21 18:51:08

I know that comedy is subjective but Jimmy Carr really????? He's not even the funniest comedian named Carr.

Vermeil Fri 05-Feb-21 18:53:37

No Susan Calman? 😕

ChestnutStuffing Fri 05-Feb-21 18:57:16

What a weird way to determine who is "top".

However - they are clear about their methodology, so I don't know that I'd argue it's sexist as such. Maybe people do laugh more at male comics. Maybe it's a statistical anomaly.

ArabellaScott Fri 05-Feb-21 19:00:38

New to me. She's funny.

MissBarbary Fri 05-Feb-21 19:02:22


No Susan Calman? 😕

Awful. The Scottish Sandi Toksvig. Aiming for "oh , aren't I lovely , I'm a national treasure" status.

Not funny, rigidly scripted , painfully obvious lines and laboured delivery.

Mycatismadeofstringcheese Fri 05-Feb-21 19:07:23

How many female vs male comedians did they assess with their laughometer?

I did check to see if Stewart Lee was on the list, because I went to see him and he took 2 hours to tell 3 jokes. None of which were funny. Anyway, he wasn’t.

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