When it comes to British comedy, compiling a top list of who's the greatest is a pretty large task. But for the females in that category, the roll call is endless: Mollie Sugden, Tracey Ullman, and Victoria Wood are just a few who've dazzled us with their hysterical banter over the years. This week, The Daily Telegraph's Stuart Husband and Horatia Harrod profile some of Britain's most humorous ladies who are currently ruling overseas. WARNING: Some video content is NSFW.
BBC regular Miranda Hart is best known for her stints on Hyperdrive, Not Going Out and French and Saunders. Last year, her BBC 2 sitcom Miranda earned rave reviews. The 6 ft 1in actress regularly spoofs on her physical characteristics and features, which she pulled off nicely during her semi-autobiographical show for BBC Radio 2, Miranda Hart's Joke Shop.
Joanna Scanlan (Little Britain, The Thick of It) and Vicki Pepperdine (The Hudson and Pepperdine Show) are the brains behind Getting On, a dark satirical spin on life inside a National Health Service hospital, also starring comedy favorite Jo Brand. The BBC Four show eventually earned them a 2009 Royal Television Society Award for Best Writing in Comedy, while the Welsh-born Scanlan and Brand both grabbed BAFTA nominations this year for Best Female Performance in a Comedy Role.
Josie Long is an Oxford graduate who won the BBC New Comedy Award when she was 17 and some of her later comedy tours of the UK are considered legendary. The 28-year-old stand-up comic has also written for and appeared on Skins.
The all-female sketch collective Lady Garden, who came together in Manchester in 2005, and have wowed the UK festival comedy circuit with their witty satire for the last two years. Eleanor Thom, Camille Ucan, Jessica Knappett, Hannah Dodd, Beattie Edmondson, and Rose Johnson almost called themselves Granny Left The Iron On.
Twin comedians Emma and Beth Kilcoyne are the lead writers behind Roger and Val Have Just Got In, starring budding novelist and comedic genius Dawn French and Alfred Molina. But the duo's own brand of oddball hilarity first reached the masses in 2006 with their BBC 3 show, Dogtown.
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