I found a post describing that there are funny woman out there, but all of the women in it were American, so I thought I’d do the same thing but with British women who I think are bloody hilarious.
Dawn French- One of my favourite comediennes of all time, Dawn French started her television work with the ground-breaking Comic Strip Presents… She went on to form a partnership with Comic Strip co-star Jennifer Saunders that still goes on today, and created one of the greatest sitcoms of all time, The Vicar Of Dibley, which is today regarded as Britain’s third best sitcom. She also proved herself as a wonderful actress when her comedy took a dark turn in Psychoville, playing creepy midwife Joy Aston.
Jennifer Saunders- Again, very well known for her partnership with Dawn French, Jennifer is perhaps best known for the cult BBC sitcom Absolutely Fabulous, co-starring with fellow superb actress, Joanna Lumley. She also played the Fairy Godmother in Shrek 2, and even guest-starred in Friends as Ross Geller’s fiancee.
Miranda Hart- The current Queen Of British Comedy, Miranda had a hard time getting into the English comedy scene, but after her 2009 series Miranda became a hit, she’s gone from strength to strength, earning herself a starring role in the hit British drama Call The Midwife as Chummy, and helped present the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert.
Catherine Tate- Starting off with The Catherine Tate Show, Tate became a household name with characters such as Nan and Lauren “Am I Bovvered?” Cooper, who made appearances with Prime Minister Tony Blair and made the Queen laugh. She is also incredibly famous for her roles as the Tenth Doctor’s companion Donna Noble in Doctor Who, and office worker Nellie Bertram in the The Office.
Connie Booth- Former wife of Monty Python star John Cleese, she often appeared in her husband’s programmes. But it was when staying at the Gleanagles Hotel with her husband they both came up with idea for Fawlty Towers, Britian’s best ever sitcom. Playing the part of hurried waitress Polly, she was the perfect counterpart to irritable hotelier Basil Fawlty.
Julia Davis- While The League Of Gentlemen can claim to be the kings of dark comedy, Julia can certainly claim to be the queen. After years of playing second fiddle to some of the UK’s best comedy talent, Julia became forever known as the utterly evil and unlikable Jill Tyrell in cult sitcom Nighty Night. She is currently in the second series of her award-winning period dark comedy Hunderby.
Alice Lowe- Alice first made an impression on comedy lovers playing the useless and telekinetic doctor Liz Asher in Channel 4 comedy, Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace. Since then, she has been in Horrible Histories, Hot Fuzz and This Is Jinsy, before finally starring in the incredibly dark comedy film Sightseers with Steve Oram as the slightly psychopathical Tina.
Jessica Hynes- One of Britain’s very best comedy acts we have to offer, Jessica first made her mark in the near perfect sitcom Spaced, co-writing with future stars Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright, and working with Nick Frost, Mark Heap, Katy Carmichael and Julia Deakin, all amazing performers. She recently received critical acclaim in the BBC Four comedy Twenty Twelve and is going to be appearing in a new suffragette comedy Up The Women. She is also remembered for playing Joan Redfern in Doctor Who.
Tamsin Greig- Tamsin Grieg is one of Channel 4’s best stars. From playing the wonderfully awkward Fran in Black Books with Dylan Moran and Bill Bailey, or playing Dr. Caroline Todd in the weird sort of hospital comedy Green Wing. She is currently well known as the mum Jackie in Friday Night Dinner, and won a Laurence Olivier award for Best Actress in 2007 for the stage show Much Ado About Nothing.
And that concludes my list. If you feel more female comediennes (American, British or anywhere in the world) should be added, please do add your own.