Britain’s 5 Greatest Comediennes



After you’ve seen the list of greatest British comedians, we thought you’d also want to know who the most successful British comediennes are. You’ve probably heard of most of them, and we believe you’d enjoy us recalling some of their greatest moments.

1. Victoria Wood

Victoria’s one of Britain’s most popular stand-up comediennes who’s won two BAFTA awards. She started her career in 1974 by winning the ATV talent competition New Faces. Her humour is mostly based on everyday life with references to popular media and consumerism, with the addition of ridiculing names of British products.

2. Shappi Khorsandi

Shappi Khorsandi was born in Iran. After the Islamic Revolution, she left for London where she built an impressive career in comedy stand-up. She’s appeared in the BBC television shows Have I Got News For You and QI.

3. Lucy Porter

The British actress, writer and comedienne is a regular guest on several panel shows, including Quote… Unquote and The Personality Test. Lucy’s style is often said to be dealing with adult themes from a female point of view in a chatty and charming way. She’s done a number of live tours, including the most recent ones, People Person and Northern Soul at Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

4. Sarah Millican

Sarah is a winner of a Best Newcomer award at the 2008 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and was also listed among 100 Most Powerful Women in the UK. She’s done many TV and radio shows including 8 out of 10 Cats, Have I Got News For You, Mock the Week and You Have Been Watching.

Her style is said to be a mixture of comedy and interviews inspired by television.

5. Gina Yashere

Gina’s a stand-up comedienne who made numerous appearances on Mock the Week, and has showed an impressive talent and charisma over the years. She became famous for her comedy series Madame Yashere: The Surly Psychic, where she gives fake supernatural readings to innocent people on the street.

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