Laughing Cows Comedy, Est 1998 is the longest running comedy club with an all female line up in certainly in the UK, possibly in Europe, maybe even in the world !
Laughing Cows Comedy has been producing live stand up comedy shows across the UK and Europe since 1998 and currently runs on the last Sunday of the month in Manchester UK.
Established in 1998 after a London comedy promoter inadvertently threw down the proverbial gauntlet. ‘We were discussing female comics and I asked why there’s never more than one female comedian on the bill and he said, oh we wouldn’t take that risk,’ promotors Hazel O’Keefe and Belinda Everett explain, ‘the comedy scene is so doused in testosterone that it’s almost capable of growing a goatee beard and sideburns. Female comedians have been fighting to exhibit their talents and prove their quality over the years, and we’re here to help redress the balance’. Manchester Evening News – Marissa Burgess.
Many of the shows sell out so be sure to grab an advance ticket asap, prices vary from £7 to £20. For venues, prices and line ups please click here
The usual format of the show is 4our acts and and MC with shows running from 8pm-10.30pm with two short breaks. We only book established professional acts at Laughing Cows Comedy however we have Laughing Calves Comedy shows, Cows little sister if you like to support and nurture up and coming female talent. For booking enquires please email us.
We also have lots of opportunities at the annual Women in Comedy Festival Find out more here
Funny women* who have graced our stage include: Ava Vidal (Micheal McIntyre’s Roadshow / Mock the Week), Angela Barnes, Angie McEvoy, Annette Fagon, Adams and Rea, Aisling Bea, Allyson J Smith, Birthday Girls, Bethany Black, Dana Alexander, Danielle Ward, Deborah Jane Appelby, Donna McPhail, Hayley Ellis, Hatty Hayridge (Red Dwarf), Isy Suttie (Peep Show/Shameless/Whites), Janice Connolly (Phoenix Nights/Coronation Street), Jo Enright (Ideal/The Job Lot), Jo Brand, Jo Nearly (Miranda), Jenny Eclair, Jo Caulfield (Never Mind The Buzzcocks), Jen Brister, Julia Morris, Kerry Leigh, Gina Yashere (Def Jam), Ladygarden (Live at The Electric), Roisin Conaughty, Suzi Ruffell, Susan Calman, Sarah Milllican, Shappi Khorshandi( Live at The Apollo), Shazia Mirza, Tanya Lee Davies (I am Spazicus) Julia Morris, Zoe Lyons (Mock The Week), Zoe Iqbal (Everyones Quite Likes Justin) …
‘I have always loved gigging for Hazel at Laughing Cows as they just have such a love of comedy and look after the acts so well. As a consequence the gigs are a joy to play because they’re not out to make a fast buck – they really care that everyone (acts and audience) has as much fun as possible. The festival is a great thing because although when you’re a female comic you don’t think, “Hey, I’m FEMALE!” every day, it does surprise me how many audiences haven’t seen girls do it before, and some promoters are still very bad at booking women for their gigs. The line up for the festival is brilliant, including some of my very favourite acts like Jo Neary and Zoe Lyons, but also newer acts who will be exciting to see.’ Isy Suttie (Peep Show / Whites / Shameless)
*‘Includes trans-women, those designated female at birth, gender-queer, intersex and those gender variant or neutral people who feel they have historical and cultural ties to the women’s community’.