The Difficult Second Post (Field Notes)

Birthday Girls Party Vibes show 2013 with Women in Comedy Festival crew.

Birthday Girls Party Vibes show 2014 with Women in Comedy Festival crew.

This Friday I am off to see the marvellous Casio keyboard-wielding comedian David O’Doherty. I see a lot of comedy and I’m excited to be seeing his new show, having used my Edinburgh Festival trip strategically to see people I was unfamiliar with.

When I proposed my research area in August 2013 I was already seeing a lot of comedy. This has shifted up a notch over the last few years….since I can now without any qualms call it research. I’m also lucky enough to live in Manchester where the U.K’s Women in Comedy Festival takes place (more on this to come as it deserves more than a passing mention) so my opportunities to see hilarious women have never been greater.

I’m focusing on the live circuit in the U.K and so it’s important for me to see people at different stages of their career, in different venues and on both mixed-gender and women-only line-ups. Context is a vital (and sometimes neglected) factor when discussing comedy and much research falls into the trap of ‘content-only’ – boiling down comedy to words on a page devoid of the context of performance. I’ve been keeping track of all the comics I’ve seen in this time as this helps me form a better understanding of who is working in the context I am discussing.

My plan is to try and keep track of who I am seeing as part of this blog but I thought it might be useful to flag up who I’ve already seen in action. Some of these people I have seen multiple times, in multiple contexts too (from back rooms and basements and work-in-progress shows to arenas).

Note: Records began October 2013 and the following is in alphabetical order because I’ve put this info in a spreadsheet (of course I have)…….. I’ve been busy that’s all I’m saying.

Adrienne TruscottAisling BeaAllyson June SmithAmy VreekeAnnette FagonBarbara NiceBeth VyseBethany BlackBirthday Girls (sketch), Bridget ChristieCaz ‘n’ BritneyChella QuintComedy Sportz Manchester (improv), Dana AlexanderDanielle WardDaphna BarhamDebra Jane ApplebyDotty WintersEleanor ConwayEllie WhiteFelicity Ward, Flick and Julie (sketch), Grainne MaguireHannah BrackenburyHarriet DyerHawkeye and WindyHayley EllisHayley-Jane StandingJana KennedyJaney GodleyJen CarssJess FostekewJessie CaveJo CaulfieldJo CoffeyJo EnrightJo NearyJosie LongKate FoxKate McCabeKate SmurthwauteKatherine RyanKerry LeighKiri Pritchard-McLeanLara A KingLesley KershawLou ConranLou SandersLouise ReayLucy BeaumontLuisa OmielanMae Martin, Maureen YoungerMiranda HartO’Shea and O’GaukrogerPenella MellorRose JohnsonSara PascoeSarah FrankenSarah MillicanShappi KhorsandiShort and Girlie Show (Improv),  Sophie HagenSophie WillanSoula NotosSusan CalmanSuzi RuffelTanya Lee DavisTiff StevensonTory GillespieZoe Lyons……**

There are 71 people in that list – all funny in a myriad of different ways. No wonder it’s so hard to find women to go on all those panel shows. (rolls eyes)

**I’ve tried to add links either to a site or twitter feed if anyone wants to find out more.

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